Out are Vettel, Raikkonen, Russell, Giovinazzi (who did actually clip the barriers) and Ocon.
Hamilton managed to go quickest in the end, beating Verstappen by 0.009 secs, the Dutchman opting to back off on his attempt using the soft tyres.
Spin! Giovinazzi loses control at Turn 12 but manages to keep it out of the barriers.
The cars are out once again after a brief lull in the action.
Verstappen has put on a set of the red soft tyres, but it’s unlikely he’ll be looking to go any quicker on the new rubber.
Remember, the drivers who advance into Q3 must start the race on the same set of tyres they used to set their quickest time in Q2 – and the consensus this weekend is that the medium is the preferential choice for the race tomorrow.
Tsunoda, one of only two drivers opting for the soft tyres (the other being Ocon), is up to third.
In the bottom five currently, it’s the two Alfa Romeos of Kimi Raikkonen and Antonio Giovinazzi, they’re followed by Esteban Ocon, Russell and Sebastian Vettel who tells his team a visor tear-off has been discarded onto his rear wing.
After the first runs in Q2, its Verstappen on top with a mighty 1:16:483.
Hamilton and Bottas soon follow across the line, with the Brit following his teammate to benefit from the tow, but heading Bottas on the timing sheets.
But the Merc drivers can’t beat Verstappen, although they are a lot closer – Hamilton just 0.016 seconds off the pace.
Elsewhere, Charles Leclerc goes fourth and Perez fifth.
Green light, Q2 begins.
All of the big boys are out, and all on the medium tyre.
Russell has done it again and is into Q2 once again.
But he and teammate Latifi are under investigation for a pit exit infringement.
It looked like the two Williams drivers bullied both of the Haas drivers out of the way after the red flag period concluded.
They join Raikkonen in the stewards’ room later on.
The chequered flag is out and there’s a flurry of activity.
Russell manages to get himself out of the bottom five, pushing Alonso out.
The Spaniard is also joined by Latifi, Schumacher, Mazepin and of course Stroll.
Elsewhere, Yuki Tsunoda put in a superb effort to go seventh, and his Alpha Tauri teammate Pierre Gasly nestles into fourth.
Bottas and Leclerc also manage to best Verstappen at the end of the session, with the Finn ending Q1 on top.
Expect to see plenty of drivers attempting to pick up a tow today, and possibly teams trying to orchestrate this with their cars.
The pit straight here is monstrously long, and where Valtteri Bottas set a record for the fastest speed ever achieved by a Formula 1 car back in 2016 while driving for Williams.
Don’t be surprised if the Finn is sacrificed to aid teammate Hamilton as Mercedes look to bridge what looks to be a very large gap to Red Bull.
Some important housekeeping before qualifying gets underway at 20:00 GMT.
Lando Norris, Yuki Tsunoda, Lance Stroll and Esteban Ocon become the latest drivers to be demoted to the back of the grid as a result of taking on new power-unit elements for this weekend.
Norris is the final Mercedes-powered driver to take an engine penalty this year.
Hola! Welcome to our coverage of what should be a scintillating qualifying session at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez circuit located in the bustling Mexico City.
Hometown hero Sergio Perez, whose face seems to be everywhere across the city, sent the crowd into ruptures earlier on by topping the final practice session.
Red Bull certainly look like the favourites to take pole this evening as they dominated third practice, leaving rivals Mercedes with plenty of ground to make up if they are to pull off an upset at a track they have always struggled at.
Lewis Hamilton was third earlier on, 0.651 seconds behind Perez, and even more concerningly for the Mercedes driver, over four-tenths slower than championship rival Max Verstappen, whom he trails by 12 points after the Dutchman’s victory in Austin two weeks ago.
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