FP2: Hamilton tops Friday sessions in Brazil

World Championship contender Lewis Hamilton continued his fine form at the Brazilian GP to top the second practice session on Friday.

Despite early scares from Red Bull, Ferrari and Williams, Hamilton showed why Mercedes have been in a different class to the rest of the grid all season, posting a fastest time of 1:12.271, almost half a second ahead of third place Valtteri Bottas.

The Brit, along with his team-mate Rosberg, started the second session with a couple laps on the mediums compounds to ease into FP2.

However, as soon as though duo switched to softs, they beat out Williams pair Bottas and Felipe Massa to P1 and P2 respectively.

The Grove-based pair did rather well during FP2 as they ended their session ahead Red Bull and Ferrari, which is quite strange as they are known not to push hard on Fridays during a race weekend.

Daniel Ricciardo will be quite surprised he couldn’t pip Massa and Bottas, as their aim this weekend was to keep as close to the Silver Arrows as possible. The Australian finished the session fifth fastest.

Placing P6 by the end of FP2, Max Verstappen suffered a few blunders on his hot laps, therefore hindering his lap times compared to the first session, where he finished P2 behind Hamilton.

Posting a quickest time of 1:13.002, Sebastian Vettel finished the session seventh fastest as he couldn’t quite keep up with the pace with the front-runners.

Interestingly, Kimi Raikkonen was running eighth fastest when Ferrari told him to pit due to concerns about his brakes on the Scuderia car. The Finn never returned to the Autódromo José Carlos Pace as he sat out the rest of the session.

Completing the top ten, Nico Hulkenberg placed ninth and Fernando Alonso finished tenth.

Alonso, though, also had his session cut short as he retired with about 45 minutes left in the session due to an ERS issue with his McLaren-Honda. The Spaniard was soon joined on the sidelines by his team-mate Jenson Button during the closing stages of FP2 in a double whammy for the Woking-based outfit.

Times:

1. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1'12.271 41laps
2. Nico Rosberg Mercedes 0.030 40 laps
3. Valtteri Bottas Williams 0.490 47 laps
4. Felipe Massa Williams 0.518 43 laps
5. Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull 0.557 43 laps
6. Max Verstappen Red Bull  0.657 45 laps
7. Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 0.73 45 laps
8. Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 0.776 24 laps
9. Nico Hulkenberg Force India 1.028 42 laps
10. Jenson Button McLaren 1.169 19 laps
1. Fernando Alonso McLaren 1.30 18 laps
12. Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso 1.418 46 laps
13. Carlos Sainz Jr. Toro Rosso  1.530 47 laps
14. Sergio Perez Force India 1.647 38 laps
15. Romain Grosjean Haas 1.803 35 laps
16. Kevin Magnussen Renault   1.838 47 laps
17. Felipe Nasr Sauber 2.038 40 laps
18. Esteban Ocon Manor 2.046 46 laps
19. Jolyon Palmer Renault 2.165 43 laps
20. Esteban Gutierrez Haas 2.28742 laps
21. Marcus Ericsson Sauber 2.424 21laps
22. Pascal Wehrlein Manor 2.687 22 laps

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