- Carlos set the eighth fastest time in the second Free Practice session of the weekend, ending the day with a 1:18.079 after 38 laps around the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez.
- The McLaren driver started with a nine-lap run, in which he set a 1:18.272 lap on medium tyres.
- On soft tyres, the Spaniard went for his first flying lap of the weekend and put together a 1:18.079 to get in the Top 10.
- In the closing stages of the session he focused on long runs, first on soft tyres (nine laps) and then on mediums (ten).
"I think it has been a solid Friday, even though it could have been better because I didn’t get the three sectors together on the soft tyres. But I feel comfortable in the car and I am happy with the set-up. We didn’t do any massive changes throughout the day and that is always good news. It looks like the graining is going to be one of the key factors of the weekend. It will be important to really understand how to deal with it".