Hamilton tops both Friday practices in Brazil, Hartley battles more engine trouble

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.

FP2 times

1Lewis HamiltonMercedes1m09.515s42
2Valtteri BottasMercedes0.048s45
3Daniel RicciardoRed Bull/Renault0.228s37
4Sebastian VettelFerrari0.360s48
5Max VerstappenRed Bull/Renault0.371s38
6Kimi RaikkonenFerrari0.602s45
7Esteban OconForce India/Mercedes0.791s49
8Felipe MassaWilliams/Mercedes0.858s42
9Nico HulkenbergRenault0.881s39
10Fernando AlonsoMcLaren/Honda1.140s31
11Carlos SainzRenault1.170s42
12Sergio PerezForce India/Mercedes1.180s43
13Stoffel VandoorneMcLaren/Honda1.387s38
14Lance StrollWilliams/Mercedes1.549s44
15Romain GrosjeanHaas/Ferrari1.785s39
16Pierre GaslyToro Rosso/Renault1.907s44
17Brendon HartleyToro Rosso/Renault2.306s54
18Pascal WehrleinSauber/Ferrari2.342s43
19Marcus EricssonSauber/Ferrari2.474s17
20Antonio GiovinazziHaas/Ferrari2.902s37

Hamilton tops both Friday practices in Brazil, Hartley battles more engine trouble

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