Valtteri Bottas & # 39; Mercedes Interlagos Circuit in the Brazilian GP Trials, 9 November 2018NELSON ALMEIDA
The Finnish Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes) was the fastest time for the first two free practice sessions of the Brazilian GP on Friday, and in Interlagos in Sao Paulo before his English team-mate Lewis Hamilton.
At the end of the second session, the fastest five-time world champion in Mexico, who was crowned two weeks ago, left only 3/1000 Bottas from Formula 1 driver.
German Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari) ranks third in Hamilton 's 73/1000 dolphins in 2017 and 2018.
Mercedes will try to validate its fifth consecutive founding title in Brazil this weekend, which will be effective if the Scuderia does not score thirteen points higher than the silver arrows.
Bottas is looking for his first success this season.
The Finnish stoic, in late September, had followed the instructions of his team, who had left the first place in Hamilton, Russia.
Iy I don't know if I'm doing him a win and I can't do him a favor and whatever it is, I don't think he needs him, “he said. Improvement in Interlagos.
Germany's Nico Hülkenberg (Renault) made a mistake on the grass at the end of the last corner, and the red flag lifted only nine minutes after the second session when it hit the right-hand wall. car.
Vettel soon returned to his stand, complaining that someone was moving between his legs in the cockpit and probably crashing the other country.
– Is it raining? –
"I'd be proud if that's what you're thinking, but that's not the case!"
On the side of the Red Bull, Max Verstappen was the fastest in the first session, but the Dutch prodigy had been spilled by the oil, which delayed his second action.
The Australian team-mate Daniel Ricciardo, who was certainly not drawn in 2018, the fourth of the two sessions received five penalties for the turbo replacement on Sunday and was damaged during the intervention of the commuters in Mexico. His abandonment.
Frenchman Romain Grosjean (Haas) showed great talents to finish seventh time. His team was hired as a test pilot by Pietro Fittipaldi, the grandson of Brazilian Emerson Fittipaldi, who was a double world champion in 1972 and 1974 in Sao Paulo.
The rain, which gave a shy appearance on Friday, had the chance to break the game for the competition, which will start at 18:00 (17:00 GMT) on Saturday and at 18: 10 on Sunday (17:10 GMT).
It will also be necessary to monitor the deterioration of tires that appear too early in terms of soft and super-soft tires.
The problem is that these tires are considered to be very fragile and will be one of the issues discussed at the GPDA meeting where F1 drivers come together on Friday evening.
Finally, Formula 1 officially began with Champagne Carbon in 2017 on Friday, after a short break in a sparkling wine and long-lasting champagne Mumm in California.
The three drivers who finish on the podium will continue to take a three-color bubble bath until at least 2021.