Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas has remained at the top of the timesheets as Friday’s track action drew to a close for the Brazilian Formula 1 Grand Prix.
The Mercedes duo remained comfortably ahead of the chasing Red Bull Racing and Ferrari teams, although their rivals did manage to close down the half-second gap the Silver Arrows enjoyed in the day’s opening practice session.
The forecasted afternoon showers did not eventuate and amid hotter track conditions, neither Hamilton now Bottas was able to improve on their lap record-breaking pace from earlier in the day. A predicted 1-2 result still eventuated, however, with Hamilton posting a 1:09.515 on the Super Soft tyre to keep him less than 0.05 seconds clear of his teammate.
Daniel Ricciardo finished a positive third-fastest in the session and just two-tenths of a second off Hamilton’s pace, however the Australian is braced for a 10-place grid drop for further power unit changes thanks to his retirement last time out in Mexico.
His teammate and Mexico Grand Prix winner Max Verstappen was fifth-fastest. The Red Bull Racing pair was split by Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel, while the German’s teammate Kimi Räikkönen slipped to sixth and complained of vibrations.
Esteban Ocon led the ‘best of the rest’ charge in the midfield, finishing seventh-fastest in his Force India ahead of Williams’ Felipe Massa and Renault’s Nico Hülkenberg.
Tenth-fastest was McLaren’s Fernando Alonso, despite more Honda power unit dramas that triggered anger from the former World Champion when he returned to the pit lane.
The sister Renault and Force India runners of Carlos Sainz Jr. and Sergio Pérez were eleventh and twelfth-fastest respectively, the latter having his first hit-out for the weekend after GP3 Series champion George Russell drove the VJM10 in FP1.
The second McLaren of Stoffel Vandoorne was thirteenth-fastest, despite the Belgian suffering a spin at the Senna ‘S’. He finished ahead of the second Williams of Lance Stroll.
Haas’ Romain Grosjean was another driver to have a spin during the session, with the Frenchman looping his Ferrari-powered car at the Descida do Lago. He finished fifteenth-fastest in the session.
With replacement power unit parts fitted to the back of their STR12 chassis’, both Toro Rosso drivers sought to make up for lost FP1 time. Pierre Gasly finished sixteenth-fastest, one spot ahead of birthday boy Brendon Hartley, with the pair clocking up almost 100 laps between them in the session.
Both drivers will, however, take engine penalties for having to take on new power unit elements. Hartley will drop 10 grid places, while Gasly will take a 25-place hit.
The two Saubers of Pascal Wehrlein and Marcus Ericsson finished 18th and 19th overall ahead of the second Haas driven by Ferrari protégé Antonio Giovinazzi. Ericsson’s session was marred by an off-track moment at Mergulho which saw the Swedish driver brush the wall.
Saturday’s final practice session at Interlagos will begin at 11:00 local time (GMT -2).
|FORMULA 1 GRANDE PRÊMIO HEINEKEN DO BRASIL 2017 – FREE PRACTICE 2 RESULTS|
|Driver||Team / Entry||Time||Tyre||Laps|
|1.||Lewis Hamilton||Mercedes AMG Petronas F1W08||1:09.515||42|
|2.||Valtteri Bottas||Mercedes AMG Petronas F1W08||1:09.563||45|
|3.||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull Racing Tag Heuer RB13||1:09.743||37|
|4.||Sebastian Vettel||Scuderia Ferrari SF70H||1:09.875||48|
|5.||Max Verstappen||Red Bull Racing Tag Heuer RB13||1:09.886||38|
|6.||Kimi Räikkönen||Scuderia Ferrari SF70H||1:10.117||45|
|7.||Esteban Ocon||Sahara Force India Mercedes VJM10||1:10.306||49|
|8.||Felipe Massa||Williams Martini Racing Mercedes FW40||1:10.373||42|
|9.||Nico Hülkenberg||Renault Sport F1 Team RS17||1:10.396||39|
|10.||Fernando Alonso||McLaren-Honda MCL32||1:10.655||31|
|11.||Carlos Sainz Jr||Renault Sport F1 Team RS17||1:10.685||42|
|12.||Sergio Pérez||Sahara Force India Mercedes VJM10||1:10.695||43|
|13.||Stoffel Vandoorne||McLaren-Honda MCL32||1:10.902||38|
|14.||Lance Stroll||Williams Martini Racing Mercedes FW40||1:11.064||44|
|15.||Romain Grosjean||Haas F1 Team Ferrari VF-17||1:11.300||39|
|16.||Pierre Gasly||Scuderia Toro Rosso Renault STR12||1:11.422||44|
|17.||Brendon Hartley||Scuderia Toro Rosso Renault STR12||1:11.821||54|
|18.||Pascal Wehrlein||Sauber F1 Team Ferrari C36||1:11.857||43|
|19.||Marcus Ericsson||Sauber F1 Team Ferrari C36||1:11.989||17|
|20.||Antonio Giovinazzi||Haas F1 Team Ferrari VF-17||1:12.417||37|
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