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Mercedes Valtter Bottas tops a Brazilian Practice Timetable

By: Reuters | Sao Paulo |

Posted: November 10, 2018 at 11:50:47

F1 Finland's Mercedes Valters Bott leaves the first free practice on the Interlagos racing track in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on Friday, November 9, 2018. Brazil will showcase Formula One Grand Prix last Sunday season on Sunday. (AP)

Mercedes returned again on Friday at the top of the timetable while driving to the Brazilian Grand Prix, which seems to be delivering them the fifth consecutive Formula One designer world championship. Finnish Walters Bott, who has not won yet in the season, with Lewis Hamilton, dominates the fastest rainy day difference of the fastest one minute at 08.846 seconds.

Hamilton, who last month earned his fifth title in Mexico with two spare races, and now he has five stars in his helmet, was just 0,003 slower in a session that was temporarily suspended after Renault Nico Hulkenberg crashed hard at the strict Juncao left side, one of the major bends on the road.

"The car felt better than Mexico, but we are still working on a few issues. The technique does not seem too bad, so we just have to go to work and improve it," Hamilton said. "It is very close to us all, but I think that our car has more opportunities, so we have to strive to squeeze it out."

Ferrari Sebastian Vettel was the third fastest, 0.073 at speed after complaining about losing something, and in front of Australian Daniel Ricciardo Red Bulls and Dutchman Max Verstappen. "The car has been fine, but not yet good, but there is still little work," Vettel said. "We are in the ball park, but I think we can still start work from where we are."

Mercedes will keep the constructors championship on Sunday if Ferrari fails to score 13 points.

At the opening session, McGraw-Hill won the Grand Prix of Mexico, Max Verstappen at 1: 09.011, but was left behind at the start of the second session when Red Bull worked to prevent oil spill. "They believe that this is something that could have actually started in Mexico," said team boss Christian Horner. "It threatened his song time, but we had enough to get good data."

Verstappen can still become the newest driver to take a position on Saturday, but the 21-year-old lost the opportunity to do so. "Originally, I had to go a little too fast using my program, and I also had a little traffic, that's not perfect, but I do not think we're going to fight for a pole position," he said.

Ricciardo will have five-point grid penalty when the team changed the turbocharger in its car before the track began. Horners said that in Mexico, it is damaged by drinking a spray foam on the car after he leaves the race. "It ruined the turbo and the other turbo that Daniel had in his pool was an engine that failed in Austin," Horns said. "And Renault says that every time it's been down after a failure, the turbocharger drives only 400 km.

"We really do not want to take him in this position." After the undefined gearbox changes, Indian Esteban Ocon will also have five seats available. Hamilton finished fourth in Mexico, and is in the habit of not winning again in the season in which he formerly called the title that he wants to finish. In the morning Haas was the best of the rest, with the seven and eighths of Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen. The couple was then divided into Sauber Charles Leclerc in the afternoon.

Magnusena car also covers the wing mirror during the session. Antonio Giovinazzi, who will replace Ferrari-related Leclerc next season, won the Marcus Ericsson car and reached the fastest 13th opening session.

The British teenager Lando Norris, who was still a 2019 newcomer, was also on Fernando Alonso McLaren's first weekend, and was faster than the fastest soft tires than the team's departed Belgian Stoffel Vandoorne media.

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