GP Brasile, prove libere venerdì–10/11/2017
Brazilian GP: Hamilton pips Bottas to top second practice
Lewis Hamilton pipped Mercedes Formula 1 team-mate Valtteri Bottas to the fastest time in second practice for the Brazilian Grand Prix.
The four-time world champion clocked a 1m09.515s on the super-soft Pirelli tyres to finish 0.048 seconds clear of Bottas at Interlagos.
Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo offered the greatest threat to Mercedes, finishing 0.228s adrift in third with Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel a further tenth back.
Hamilton led the way early in the session with the Briton clocking a 1m09.742s on the soft tyres, a tenth clear of team-mate Bottas.
Red Bull’s Max Verstappen was third, 0.433s off the pace with Kimi Raikkonen three tenths further back in fourth.
Raikkonen was the first driver to fit the super-softs for his qualifying simulation, but could only improve to third while team-mate Vettel’s attempt was still a tenth off Hamilton’s leading time on the softs.
Bottas moved to the top of the times with his first lap on the super-softs with Hamilton backing out of his first low-fuel run when he made an error in the middle sector.
Next time around, Hamilton had a cleaner lap on the same set of super-softs and promptly went quickest, his lap time just a quarter of a second quicker than his best on the softs.
Verstappen was fifth quickest, just over a tenth slower than team-mate Ricciardo, with Raikkonen sixth and Force India’s Esteban Ocon seventh.
Felipe Massa was eighth quickest on home soil, with Nico Hulkenberg and Fernando Alonso completing the top 10.
Alonso’s session was disrupted when he was recalled to the pits so Honda could investigate a problem it detected on the engine.
The Spaniard was able to get back out on track and do a low-fuel run before turning his attention to gathering long-run data for Sunday’s race.
His McLaren team-mate Stoffel Vandoorne, who spun out of the Senna S before continuing, was 13th quickest, two tenths slower.
Sauber’s Marcus Ericsson had a frustrating session, losing his car at the fast downhill left-hander at Pinheirinho, skidding across the run-off and tapping the barriers.
He recovered to the pits but took no further part in the session, ending up 19th quickest, a tenth slower than team-mate Pascal Wehrlein.
Antonio Giovinazzi borrowed Kevin Magnussen’s Haas for FP2 and was 20th and last.
|3||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||0.228s||37|
|5||Max Verstappen||Red Bull/Renault||0.371s||38|
|7||Esteban Ocon||Force India/Mercedes||0.791s||49|
|12||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||1.180s||43|
|16||Pierre Gasly||Toro Rosso/Renault||1.907s||44|
|17||Brendon Hartley||Toro Rosso/Renault||2.306s||54|
Brazilian GP practice: Lewis Hamilton fastest for Mercedes in FP1
Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton headed a comfortable Mercedes one-two in opening free practice for the Brazilian Grand Prix.
Hamilton’s FP1-topping effort beat the Interlagos track record, surpassing the 1m09.822s by Ferrari’s Rubens Barrichello in qualifying in 2004.
Hamilton, who clinched the 2017 drivers’ title two weeks ago in Mexico, headed team-mate Valtteri Bottas by a tenth in the opening 90-minute session.
Red Bull’s Mexican GP winner Max Verstappen was the only driver to set a laptime in the first 10 minutes – but his initial benchmark was quickly surpassed by the soft-shod Mercedes of Bottas, the Finn ending his first run on a 1m10.102s laptime.
This kept him top until he emerged for a second run on the same set of softs, and as Hamilton moved to within 0.072s of the benchmark, Bottas improved to 1m09.941s.
But the newly-crowned champion’s next effort, arriving at around the half-hour mark, then broke the circuit lap record – and he subsequently improved twice more to end up at 1m09.445s.
As the session passed its halfway point, Bottas ventured out on super-softs and briefly took the top spot from Hamilton, only for his team-mate to respond immediately.
Hamilton’s 1m09.202s would be enough to keep him top until the chequered flag, with the Mercedes duo focusing on super-soft long runs later in the session.
Kimi Raikkonen led Ferrari’s efforts in third, half a second behind Hamilton and just 0.006s clear of fourth-placed Verstappen.
Daniel Ricciardo edged Sebastian Vettel for fifth, the German’s FP1 run punctuated by an early spin at the Turn 9 left-hander.
Williams driver Felipe Massa, who recently announced his retirement from F1 at the end of the season, was seventh on home soil, and the last driver to lap within a second of Hamilton.
Stoffel Vandoorne, finally in possession of McLaren’s upgraded front wing, outpaced team-mate Fernando Alonso, with the pair – in eighth and 10th – split by Force India’s Esteban Ocon.
Lance Stroll was half a second off Williams team-mate Massa in 11th, with the Canadian’s former F3 rival George Russell – replacing Sergio Perez at Force India in FP1 for his grand prix weekend debut – taking 12th, six tenths behind Ocon.
Haas duo Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen followed in 13th and 14th, with Antonio Giovinazzi – who was originally slated to contest FP1 in the Dane’s Haas car – having his outing delayed until FP2.
Nico Hulkenberg, who annoyed Hamilton with a forceful move down the inside of the Juncao left-hander, trailed Renault team-mate Carlos Sainz Jr in 16th, while Sauber’s FP1 stand-in Charles Leclerc headed team regular Marcus Ericsson in 17th.
Toro Rosso was bottom of the standings in both laptime and mileage, managing little in the way of meaningful running.
While Pierre Gasly ended up 4.8s adrift with five laps to his name, team-mate Brendon Hartley, celebrating his 28th birthday, suffered yet another failure and had to leave his heavily-smoking STR12 at the side of the track without getting a single timed lap.
|4||Max Verstappen||Red Bull/Renault||0.548s||31|
|5||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||0.626s||38|
|9||Esteban Ocon||Force India/Mercedes||1.252s||36|
|12||George Russell||Force India/Mercedes||1.845s||29|
|19||Pierre Gasly||Toro Rosso/Renault||4.832s||5|
|20||Brendon Hartley||Toro Rosso/Renault||–||2|