Lewis Hamilton led Mercedes to another one-two finish in second Formula One practice for the 2017 Brazilian Grand Prix on Friday afternoon as Scuderia Ferrari and Red Bull for the moment struggled to put up a fight at the front of the field. Lewis Hamilton headed up a one-two for Mercedes in FP1 at Interlagos earlier in the day, and repeated the feat by once again setting the pace through second practice. A best lap of 1:09.515 handed Lewis Hamilton P1 at the checkered flag on Friday afternoon, with Valttery Bottas finishing four-hundredths of a second adrift in second place.
Daniel Ricciardo was left to lead the charge of the chasing pack for Red Bull, finishing two-tenths of a second adrift in FP2, while Scuderia Ferrari German driver Sebastian Vettel was the leading the Maranello team in fourth place. Max Verstappen and Kimi Raikkonen trailed their respective teammates at Red Bull and Ferrari, finishing fifth and sixth as Esteban Ocon ended FP2 as the top midfielder in P7 for Force India.
Here’s what Sebastian Vettel made of his Friday running: “Mercedes looked very strong so I think they are a bit ahead, both of them. Then will be very close between us and Red Bull. I like driving so it was nice to get a lot of laps today. We will see what we get tomorrow. I think we can fine tune the balance and that should help us. It will be tough to beat Mercedes, they look very, very quick in all conditions and on all tyres.” – the German driver explained, as reported by Italian national sports newspaper based in Rome Corriere dello Sport at the end of the second practice session, which took place at the Autódromo José Carlos Pace.
Formula One practice continues in Brazil on Saturday with FP3, followed by the qualifying session ahead of the race on Sunday.