Interlagos, FP1: Verstappen edges Vettel and Hamilton to top first practice
Game on in Brazil
Max Verstappen went quickest in a closely contested opening practice session for the Brazlian Grand Prix, with the Red Bull Racing driver finishing just five hundredths of a second ahead of Ferrari’s Sebsatian Vettel and just under a tenth of a second clear of recently crowned 2018 champion Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes.
Drivers from the top three teams traded fast laps throughout the opening hour of the session, with Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo initially leading the way with a time of 1m10.139s. That mark was soon bypassed by Ferrari’s Kimi Räikkönen and then by Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas.
All three would be eventually eclipsed by their team-mates, however, with Hamilton rising to top of the order just after the hour mark on supersoft tyres with a lap of 1:09.107.
Verstappen was close behind on track, though, and when he crossed the line he managed to shave 0.049s off Hamilton’s benchmark to claim honours in the session with a time of 1:09.011. Vettel then split the Red Bull and Mercedes driver with a lap of 1:09.060s.
Early pacesetter Ricciardo finished fourth, almost four tenths of a second off the pace of his teammate, while Räikkönen ended the session in fifth place 0.562 adrift of Verstappen. The Finn set his best times on soft tyres, however. Was left to anchor the top six with a best time of 1:09.679.
Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen gave Haas definitive best-of-the-rest stus with the Frenchman finishing in seventh place, three tenths of a second ahead of his Danish team-mate. Grosjean was the last driver within a second of Verstappen’s best time.
Sauber’s Charles Leclerc took ninth place in the session with a time of 1:10.346m while Racing Point Force India’s Esteban Ocon was tenth, 1.3s behind Verstappen.
|01||Max Verstappen||Red Bull Tag Heuer||1:09.011||16|
|03||Lewis Hamilton||Mercedes AMG||1:09.107||28|
|04||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull Tag Heuer||1:09.395||23|
|06||Valtteri Bottas||Mercedes AMG||1:09.679||23|
|07||Romain Grosjean||Haas Ferrari||1:09.922||28|
|08||Kevin Magnussen||Haas Ferrari||1:10.236||15|
|09||Charles Leclerc||Sauber Ferrari||1:10.346||28|
|10||Esteban Ocon||Force India Mercedes||1:10.361||34|
|11||Carlos Sainz||Renault F1||1:10.662||34|
|12||Nico Hulkenberg||Renault F1||1:10.679||34|
|13||Antonio Giovinazzi||Sauber Ferrari||1:10.685||29|
|14||Lance Stroll||Williams Mercedes||1:10.799||30|
|15||Pierre Gasly||Toro Rosso Honda||1:10.934||30|
|16||Lando Norris||McLaren Renault||1:11.013||28|
|17||Sergey Sirotkin||Williams Mercedes||1:11.037||30|
|18||Brendon Hartley||Toro Rosso Honda||1:11.176||32|
|19||Stoffel Vandoorne||McLaren Renault||1:11.452||23|
|20||Nicholas Latifi||Force India Mercedes||1:11.493||34|
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