Scuderia Ferrari German driver Sebastian Vettel outpaced teammate Charles Leclerc to lead the way in second practice for the Brazilian Grand Prix.
Seb’s best lap – a 1m09.217s set on Soft tyres – saw him edge out Leclerc by just 0.021s as conditions improved in Sao Paulo for the afternoon session following a rain-hit FP1.
Red Bull’s Max Verstappen was just over a tenth off the pace in third spot, ahead of the Mercedes pair headed by Valtteri Bottas, who ended up 0.156s adrift. Lewis Hamilton was over two-tenths down as he could only manage the fourth-best time, having survived a near-miss with his Mercedes teammate early in the session.
Hamilton almost collided with Bottas during his first flying lap on Soft tyres on the run to Juncao, with the Briton forced to swerve in avoidance of Bottas – who was on a cool-down lap – before ulimtaley aborting his flying effort.
Kevin Magnussen was an encouraging sixth for the struggling Haas squad as he finished less than a second off the pace.
Results from FP2
1 Sebastian Vettel GER Scuderia Ferrari 1m09.217s
2 Charles Leclerc MON Scuderia Ferrari +0.021s
3 Max Verstappen NED Aston Martin Red Bull Racing Honda +0.134s
4 Valtteri Bottas FIN Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport +0.156s
5 Lewis Hamilton GBR Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport +0.223s
6 Kevin Magnussen DEN Haas F1 Team +0.926s
7 Daniel Ricciardo AUS Renault F1 Team +0.977s
8 Kimi Raikkonen FIN Alfa Romeo Racing +0.993s
9 Alexander Albon THA Aston Martin Red Bull Racing Honda +1.058s
10 Carlos Sainz ESP McLaren F1 Team +1.093s
11 Nico Hulkenberg GER Renault F1 Team +1.108s
12 Pierre Gasly FRA Red Bull Toro Rosso Honda +1.135s
13 Antonio Giovinazzi ITA Alfa Romeo Racing +1.202s
14 Daniil Kvyat RUS Red Bull Toro Rosso Honda +1.207s
15 Sergio Perez MEX SportPesa Racing Point F1 Team +1.226s
16 Romian Grosjean FRA Haas F1 Team +1.287s
17 Lance Stroll CAN SportPesa Racing Point F1 Team +1.351s
18 Lando Norris GBR McLaren F1 Team +1.483s
19 George Russell GBR ROKiT Williams Racing +2.601s
20 Robert Kubica POL ROKiT Williams Racing No time