Brazilian Grand Prix: Hamilton takes second practice session
By: S. Harding, Xiro Xone News November 10, 2017 Updated: 9:12 PM
SAO PAULO, Brazil -- Continuing his dominance from this morning’s first practice session, Lewis Hamilton finished on top in the second practice session ahead of teammate Valtteri Bottas as the four time world champion looks to put the hammer down this weekend. Despite winning his fourth title, Hamilton wants to continue to apply pressure and ride the wave of momentum his has built over the last three races.
"I think both the short runs and the long runs in both sessions looked positive for us as a team, so we have a good starting point for the weekend. Still, we were a little bit struggling to get the set-up right for each corner of the circuit." said Bottas.
Bottas finished 0.048s behind Hamilton while Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo finished third. Ricciardo followed was by Sebastian Vettel who was 0.360s down from Hamilton in fourth and 0.011s ahead of the hungry Max Verstappen in fifth who has his own wave of momentum after his dominant win in Mexico two weeks ago. Vettel's teammate Kimi Raikkonen took sixth.
“It was nice to be able to do a lot of laps today. We need to find the right balance and this should help us get the pace for the qualifying session and the race, but I still think it won’t be easy to defeat our main competitors. We’ll see where we get tomorrow," said Vettel.
Force India's Esteban Ocon took seventh ahead of hometown hero Felipe Massa finished eighth as he prepares for his final Brazilian Grand Prix this weekend.
Renault only saw one car finish inside the top ten with Nico Hulkenberg in tenth ahead of McLaren's Fernando Alonso leaving the second Renault of Carlos Sainz in 11th.
Sergio Perez in the second Force India finished the afternoon session in 12th with Alonso's teammate Stoffel Vandorrne in 13th. Williams’ driver Lance Stroll, who is one race away from completing his first season in F1, finished 14th ahead of Haas' Romain Grosjean in 15th after he suffered a spin during the session.
Pierre Gasly finished 16th with teammate Brendon Hartley in 17th. However, Toro Rosso is set to have a difficult weekend as both of their drivers are due to receive engine penalties ahead of tomorrow's qualifying.
"it wasn’t ideal! I managed to do many laps in FP2 which was good, a short run on softs and super softs, and then long runs on the second part of the session so I think it was really good. We finally could seize the potential of the car and work towards qualifying and the race on Sunday. At least we have many things to analyse tonight and to work and improve on for tomorrow," said Gasly.
The Sauber's of Pascal Wehrlein and Marcus Ericsson finished 18th and 19th with Antonio Giovinazzi, getting some seat time behind the wheel of Kevin Magnussen's Haas, finished in 20th.