Newly-crowned three-time world champion Lewis Hamilton was sent spinning on Friday when he returned to action at the slippery Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in practice for this weekend’s Mexican Grand Prix.
The 30-year-old Briton said conditions at the circuit were “challenging, but fun” and added that it was “crazy how slippery it is out there”.
Hamilton was 11th quickest in opening free practice in the morning and fourth in afternoon as the surface improved and provided increasing grip.
He spun at Turn Five and almost spun again at Turn 13 where he flat-spotted the tyres of his Mercedes car.
“Because it is so high in altitude, it is way worse grip than you have at Monza, which is quite low already. You are sliding around so it is a bit like a go-kart track.
“Everyone is going to have over-steer moments and will be sliding around, so it is about stability and because it is new, the surface has no rubber, so there is a lot less grip. It is getting better and better though.”
His Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg topped the times for the day in the second session after locking up his brakes, which burst into flames, during the morning.
“It is a challenge to keep the temperatures down, we are really on the edge here,” said the German.