FV8 3.5 Mexico: Orudzhev and Celis set the pace in practice

Formula V8 3.5 championship contender Egor Orudzhev and local hero Alfonso Celis shared practice spoils in mixed conditions at Mexico City

FV8 3.5 Mexico: Orudzhev and Celis set the pace in practice

A dry first practice allowed drivers to push the boundaries of grip on a track where many complained the surface was like ice after heavy rain over the last few days.

As well as the lack of grip, the circuit's high altitude means the cars are severely down on power with Lotus driver Pietro Fittipaldi commenting that he was 100 horsepower down because of the thinner air.

However, that didn't impede the SMP Racing pair of Orudzhev and Matevos Isaakyan trading fastest laps with each other as they found more speed every lap.

Towards the end of the first session Orudzhev became the only driver into the 1m33s with a 1m33.616s to go more than half-a-second clear of Celis in the Fortec Motorsports entry.

Celis went one better in a very wet second session - which was red-flagged for 35 minutes because of standing water in sector two - with a 1m52.383s to finish almost a second clear of Isaakyan.

Nurburgring race winner Alex Palou - who has returned to Teo Martin Motorsport this weekend after continued sponsorship issues for Nelson Mason - finished fifth and ninth as he got back up to speed.

It was a mixed day of practice for multiple race winner Fittipaldi who was fourth in free practice one, then stopped at Turn 6 in the second session without setting a time.

His Lotus team-mate Rene Binder also had an up-and-down day as he set the third fastest lap in the morning session but only managed 10th in the afternoon running.

Konstantin Tereschenko had a good start to the weekend in the second Teo Martin entry as he showed great pace in the wet with a time good enough for third. He finished the first session in sixth.

FP1 times

Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Egor Orudzhev SMP Racing by AVF 1m33.616s - 21
2 Alfonso Celis Fortec Motorsports 1m34.259s 0.643s 24
3 Rene Binder Lotus 1m34.342s 0.726s 20
4 Pietro Fittipaldi Lotus 1m34.350s 0.734s 20
5 Alex Palou Teo Martin Motorsport 1m34.436s 0.820s 24
6 Konstantin Tereschenko Teo Martin Motorsport 1m34.439s 0.823s 21
7 Yu Kanamaru RP Motorsport 1m34.689s 1.073s 22
8 Diego Menchaca Fortec Motorsports 1m34.699s 1.083s 23
9 Roy Nissany RP Motorsport 1m34.796s 1.180s 23
10 Matevos Isaakyan SMP Racing by AVF 1m34.910s 1.294s 20
11 Giuseppe Cipriani Il Barone Rampante 1m36.809s 3.193s 21

FP2 times

Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Alfonso Celis Fortec Motorsports 1m52.383s - 4
2 Matevos Isaakyan SMP Racing by AVF 1m53.250s 0.867s 5
3 Konstantin Tereschenko Teo Martin Motorsport 1m53.941s 1.558s 6
4 Egor Orudzhev SMP Racing by AVF 1m54.033s 1.650s 4
5 Diego Menchaca Fortec Motorsports 1m54.972s 2.589s 5
6 Yu Kanamaru RP Motorsport 1m55.206s 2.823s 4
7 Roy Nissany RP Motorsport 1m57.634s 5.251s 6
8 Giuseppe Cipriani Il Barone Rampante 1m58.560s 6.177s 4
9 Alex Palou Teo Martin Motorsport 1m59.316s 6.933s 5
10 Rene Binder Lotus 2m02.895s 10.512s 4
11 Pietro Fittipaldi Lotus - - 3


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