GP Brasile, prove libere venerdì–11/11/2016
Brazilian GP practice: Lewis Hamilton leads Nico Rosberg in F1 FP2
Lewis Hamilton edged out Mercedes Formula 1 team-mate Nico Rosberg to finish quickest in second practice for the Brazilian Grand Prix.
The reigning world champion clocked a 1m12.271s on the soft tyre to finish 0.030s clear of title rival Rosberg, who can win the title with victory at Interlagos on Sunday.
Williams provided the strongest challenge, with Valtteri Bottas half a second off the pace in the third, a few thousandths clear of team-mate Felipe Massa.
The medium compound was the tyre of choice early in the session, with Hamilton outpacing his team-mate by 0.198s on those runs.
When the pair fitted the softs for their qualifying simulation around the halfway point of the session, Rosberg briefly went quickest only to be usurped by Hamilton.
Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo was fifth quickest, 0.557s off the pace, a tenth ahead of team-mate Max Verstappen.
The Ferraris of Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen were seventh and eighth respectively, seven tenths off the pace with Nico Hulkenberg one second adrift of Hamilton in ninth.
Jenson Button completed the top 10, but his session ended early with just 19 laps on the board.
His McLaren team-mate Fernando Alonso also struggled, with his session ending prematurely when he was told to stop on track because the team had found a data anomaly in the ERS water pressure.
The Spaniard, who achieved the 11th quickest time, was restricted to just 18 laps.
Rather than heading back to the garage, Alonso took control of one of the trackside cameras, with some of the footage being used in the FOM broadcast.
It came a year after he sat in a deckchair after his McLaren ground to a halt in Q1, with pictures creating a social media sensation.
Daniil Kvyat outpaced his Toro Rosso team-mate Carlos Sainz by just over a tenth of a second to finish 12th quickest.
The Spaniard went wheel-to-wheel with Raikkonen through the infield early in the session, with the latter then cutting across the Toro Rosso on the main straight as he dived for the pits.
The stewards will investigate the incident after the session.
Romain Grosjean had a frustrating afternoon, complaining of having no power and then reporting that "something is wrong, very strange" as he went through Turn 1.
BRAZILIAN GP FP2 TIMES
|5||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||1m12.828s||0.557s||43|
|6||Max Verstappen||Red Bull/Renault||1m12.928s||0.657s||45|
|9||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India/Mercedes||1m13.299s||1.028s||42|
|12||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso/Ferrari||1m13.689s||1.418s||46|
|13||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso/Ferrari||1m13.801s||1.530s||47|
|14||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||1m13.918s||1.647s||38|
Brazilian GP FP1: Lewis Hamilton fastest ahead of Max Verstappen
Lewis Hamilton started his bid for a maiden Brazilian Grand Prix victory with the fastest time in the opening Formula 1 practice session.
Mercedes driver Hamilton, who has failed in his previous nine attempts to win at Interlagos, finished the 90 minutes a tenth of a second quicker than Red Bull’s Max Verstappen with a lap of 1m11.895s.
That was set on the soft tyre, the quickest of the three Pirelli compounds available this weekend, with Verstappen 0.096s behind, and championship leader Nico Rosberg 0.230s off the pace in his Mercedes.
Rosberg can clinch the title with a third successive win in Brazil, no matter where Hamilton finishes.
Daniel Ricciardo was fourth quickest in his Red Bull, almost half a second behind Hamilton, with the leading quartet comfortably ahead of the remainder of the field spearheaded by Valtteri Bottas’s Williams.
The Finn finished 1.234s down, while team-mate and home hero Felipe Massa was eighth, a further two tenths of a second off the pace.
Force India pair Sergio Perez and Nico Hulkenberg were sandwiched in between the Williams duo, split by just four thousandths of a second.
Ferrari drivers Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen were down in ninth and 10th positions respectively, both 1.6s adrift, although neither driver used the soft tyre.
With three minutes remaining Vettel finished the session in ignominious fashion by spinning off at Mergulho on a set of fresh medium tyres.
The Ferrari pair were followed by Toro Rosso drivers Carlos Sainz Jr and Daniil Kvyat, the latter suffering a right-rear puncture after an hour that brought an end to his session.
Given Haas’s brake problems of late, Romain Grosjean tried two different suppliers – Brembo, with which the team has had its issues, and Carbon Industrie.
On his first timed lap with the latter Grosjean locked up into Turn 1, and he suffered another lock up later in the session, with the Frenchman finishing 15th, 2.6s down.
Grosjean was joined on track by Charles Leclerc, who replaced Esteban Gutierrez, who is on his way out of the team to make way for Kevin Magnussen next year.
The 19-year-old GP3 points leader finished 21st, 3.496s down, one place ahead of Renault’s Sergey Sirotkin, who replaced Magnussen for FP1.
Sirotkin managed just 10 laps for Renault before encountering a technical issue after 28 minutes.
Sirotkin was forced to park his car at the entry of the pitlane from where he was collected by a team of mechanics, but Renault was unable to get him back out on track.
BRAZILIAN GP FP1 TIMES
|2||Max Verstappen||Red Bull/Renault||1m11.991s||0.096s||29|
|4||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||1m12.371s||0.476s||27|
|6||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||1m13.289s||1.394s||31|
|7||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India/Mercedes||1m13.293s||1.398s||33|
|11||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso/Ferrari||1m13.711s||1.816s||22|
|12||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso/Ferrari||1m14.090s||2.195s||15|