Verstappen sets the pace in the first free Brazil - The Province

Verstappen sets the pace in the first free Brazil - The Province

The Dutch pilot Max Verstappen (Red Bull) has been the fastest this Friday in the first free practice session of the Brazilian Grand Prix, penultimate appointment of World Formula 1, giving continuity to his triumph in Mexico and surpassing Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari) and also to the current champion, Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes).

Despite the fact that both the Ferraris and, above all, the Mercedes seemed to dominate this first contact with the Interlagos circuit, it was Verstappen who hit first by overtaking the best lap of the recent five-time world champion, with a time of 1: 09.011, and defend it in the final section of the session.

However, the Dutch has Vettel and Hamilton less than a tenth, maximum equality whose continuity will be seen or not in FP2's turn. At the moment, Verstappen is still sweet after being the winner in Mexico, and now in Brazil he opens fire sending a clear message of wanting to climb again to the top of the podium.

Vettel, second ahead of Hamilton, saw how his teammate Kimi raikkonen it also exceeded Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes), auguring that fight for the title of constructors from the free. To end this weekend, Mercedes would add its fifth consecutive title.

However, with about 45 minutes to the end of the session, the Finn Bottas had to stop his activity because of problems in the power unit. His car was stripped by the staff of engineers and mechanics to find the source of a possible oil leak.

Bottas, with the third best time then and after having come to lead this FP1 in Interlagos, saw how the time clock of the session went down to wait to be able to go on track again, and especially thinking about being able to avoid a change of pace. engine. Finally, with more than 20 minutes of margin, he was able to roll again.

Few incidents and without Alonso

With the Haas of Romain Grosjean Y Kevin Magnussen, the Sauber by Charles Leclerc and the Force India by Esteban Ocon taking the 'top 10', Carlos Sainz (Renault) stayed at the gates with his eleventh position and rolling again faster than his partner Nico Hülkenberg, although it was only 17 thousandths better.

It was a day with virtually no incidents. Some braking pass, like Raikkonen's; or some visit to the escape, by Lando Norris (McLaren). It was of the little to stand out of a first batch of free with threatening clouds that did not get to discharge water.

And it is that he did not shoot in this first session of free Fernando Alonso, who left his McLaren again Norris so that the Briton continues with his adaptation to the car he will drive next year. He finished the session in 16th place, ahead of the Belgian Stoffel Vandoorne.

On the other hand, Nicholas Latifi (Racing Point Force India) Y Antonio Giovinazzi (Sauber), who will be an official pilot next year as a partner of Raikkonen - you are still in Ferrari--, they also occupied the seats of Sergio Pérez Y Marcus Ericsson.


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