Lewis Hamilton on top in first and second practice sessions in Brazil
By: S.H. Harding, Xiro Xone News November 11, 2016 Updated: 5:22 PM
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton finished on top in Brazil’s second practice session with teammate Nico Rosberg just 0.030s from Hamilton at the Interlagos circuit. Hamilton also finished on top in the first practice session where he was 0.23 ahead of Rosberg.
“It’s been a good day. We got through all of our run programmes and the car is feeling really good. It’s pretty tough out here physically right now with the heat as high as it is. Not just in the car but for the guys in the garage too. Finding the right balance isn’t easy either in these conditions as the tyres are getting really hot. But our long run pace seems to be strong so we can be happy with the start we’ve made today,” said Hamilton.
Red Bull drivers Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen finished behind Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa for Williams, who looked strong at the end of the second practice session. Only 0.067s separated Valtteri Bottas, finishing third, and Ricciardo, who finished in fifth. Felipe Massa ended the day in fourth with hopes of putting on a good show this weekend at his final home race.
“First practice was really good this morning, we then made some changes for second practice which meant my short run pace wasn’t fantastic, along with the increase in track temperature. We went back on some of those changes and the long run in FP2 looked quite positive,” said Verstappen.
Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel ended his day seventh and was 0.045s ahead of teammate Kimi Raikkonen. Raikkonen was under investigation at the end of the session after cutting across into the pit lane in front of Carlos Sainz.
“The track was very slippery, the temperature hot, and I think everybody was struggling with the tires. It was a bit difficult to find the rhythm. The long run was a bit better for us: I haven’t seen what the others were doing, but I felt a bit more confident with more time and more laps in the car. So in total we tried a lot of things, and now we need to go and see what actually was best,” said Vettel.
Nico Hulkenberg finished ninth ahead of Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso for McLaren-Honda. Alonso was forced to abandon the session due to a technical issue and was told to jump from the car by his engineer.
However, Alonso still managed to keep himself busy by taking over a TV camera on the exit of the Senna Esses. This amateur camera work lead to the revival of the hashtag “placesalonsowouldratherbe”, which first began at last year’s Brazilian Grand Prix.
Toro Rosso’s Daniil Kvyat ended his day 12th ahead of teammate Carlos Sainz in 13th, with Sergio Perez in14th and Romain Grosjean from the Haas F1 team in 15th.
Renault’s Kevin Magnussen finished 16th ahead of Felipe Nasr in 17th for Sauber and soon to be Force India driver Esteban Ocon in18th. Jolyon Palmer finished 19th and Esteban Gutierrez in 20th. Sauber’s Marcus Ericsson took 21st, with Manor’s Pascal Wehrlein finished the order in 22nd.