FP2: Bottas heads Mercedes 1-2

Published on 09 Nov 2018 19:30

Valtteri Bottas has topped the second practice session in Brazil, pipping teammate Lewis Hamilton by the smallest of margins. Bottas' best lap time was a 1:08.846, which was just 0.003 ahead of the newly crowned five-time world champion.

The Silver Arrows failed to come out on top during the morning session, however it regained time on Red Bull who fell behind its rivals in the afternoon. Daniel Ricciardo was fourth fastest but was over three-tenths down on Bottas' fastest time.

Ahead of the Australian in third place was Sebastian Vettel who kept Ferrari's hopes up after ending up just 0.073 behind Bottas. Vettel's teammate Kimi Raikkonen was sixth, but over half a second down on the pace-setter.

Max Verstappen's day didn't start well as he was forced to miss out on the opening part of the session as the mechanics worked on his car. However the Dutchman got out and set the fifth fastest time despite being held up by a Williams.

A red flag was deployed early on in the session after Nico Hulkenberg ended his session in the barriers. The German pushed too hard on the exit of the final corner, took to the grass which took away his grip and sent him into the wall.

Haas enjoyed another successful session as it does everything it can to chase down Renault for fourth in the standings. It completed another double top-ten finish with Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen ending up in seventh and ninth respectively.

Charles Leclerc also made it two out of two for top ten finishes on Friday in Brazil as the Monegasque driver concluded the day in eighth. Rounding out the top ten was the Force India of Esteban Ocon.

After sitting out the opening practice session this morning, Fernando Alonso, Marcus Ericsson and Sergio Perez returned to their cars. The latter mentioned driver had a ended up right behind his teammate, just outside the top ten.

There was a threat of rain throughout the session, with certain drivers reporting some drops with around 30 minutes remaining. Rain is also expected to be on the horizon for tomorrow, when Sunday's grid will be decided following a further hour of practice.

09 November 2018 - Grand Prix of Brazil - Free practice 2
  Driver Team Time Difference #
1. FI Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:08.846 48
2. GB Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:08.849 +0.003 43
3. DE Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:08.919 +0.073 42
4. AU Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Racing 1:09.164 +0.318 44
5. NL Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing 1:09.339 +0.493 28
6. FI Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 1:09.412 +0.566 42
7. FR Romain Grosjean Haas F1 1:09.769 +0.923 44
8. MC Charles Leclerc Sauber 1:09.943 +1.097 44
9. DK Kevin Magnussen Haas F1 1:10.007 +1.161 39
10. FR Esteban Ocon Racing Point Force India 1:10.159 +1.313 45
11. MX Sergio Perez Racing Point Force India 1:10.320 +1.474 23
12. FR Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso 1:10.330 +1.484 44
13. ES Fernando Alonso McLaren 1:10.332 +1.486 36
14. ES Carlos Sainz jr Renault 1:10.458 +1.612 48
15. SE Marcus Ericsson Sauber 1:10.532 +1.686 44
16. RU Sergey Sirotkin Williams 1:10.569 +1.723 46
17. BE Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren 1:10.596 +1.750 26
18. CA Lance Stroll Williams 1:10.662 +1.816 44
19. NZ Brendon Hartley Toro Rosso 1:10.734 +1.888 46
20. DE Nico Hülkenberg Renault 1:11.674 +2.828 6
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