Brazilian Grand Prix practice: Sebastian Vettel leads Ferrari 1-2

Edd Straw
Vettel leads Ferrari 1-2 in second Brazil practice
Vettel leads Ferrari 1-2 in second Brazil practice

Sebastian Vettel led a Ferrari 1-2 in the second free practice session for Formula 1's Brazilian Grand Prix at Interlagos.

Vettel hit the front early on when using the medium-compound Pirellis, setting a best time of 1m09.570s - a quarter of a second ahead of second-quickest Charles Leclerc.

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When the field switched to the soft-compound Pirellis for performance runs, Vettel initially struggled to improve after hitting traffic on his first quick lap.

This allowed Leclerc to move into the lead with a lap of 1m09.238s before Vettel reclaimed top spot with a time of 1m09.217s.

Red Bull driver Max Verstappen was one of the last to start his qualifying simulation run, jumping to third place with a lap 0.134s off the pace.

He set the fastest middle and final sector times of all on that lap.

Mercedes duo Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton were fourth and fifth fastest respectively, with the former 0.156s off the pace.

Hamilton was 0.223s down and wasn't able to post a time until his third attempt, with one lap aborted at the first corner after going deep then having to go off track to avoid Pierre Gasly's Toro Rosso - which was attempting to let him past.

Vettel leads Ferrari 1-2 in second Brazil practice
Vettel leads Ferrari 1-2 in second Brazil practice

Kevin Magnussen was a surprise sixth in the Haas, which tends to go well in the cool conditions that prevailed on Friday, with Renault's Daniel Ricciardo just behind.

Alfa Romeo driver Kimi Raikkonen was among the first to set a qualifying simulation time, which briefly put him fifth before he was shuffled back to eighth - the last driver within a second of the pace.

Red Bull's Alex Albon had a difficult session and only made a small improvement on his medium-tyre pace when running softs, meaning he was shuffled down to ninth place ahead of McLaren's Carlos Sainz Jr.

Nico Hulkenberg was 11th in the second Renault, 1.108s off the pace and just ahead of the Toro Rosso of Gasly.

Gasly's session came to a premature end with 20 minutes remaining when he pulled over with smoke emerging from the rear of the car.

He confirmed it was an engine problem over the radio, with the virtual safety car being deployed.

Vettel leads Ferrari 1-2 in second Brazil practice
Vettel leads Ferrari 1-2 in second Brazil practice

Antonio Giovinazzi was 13th in the second Alfa Romeo, pipping Daniil Kvyat by just 0.005s.

Kvyat brought the session to a premature end with five minutes remaining when the red flag flew after he slid into the barrier with the right-rear corner at the Juncao left-hander as the rears locked up thanks to an apparent engine problem.

Racing Point duo Sergio Perez and Lance Stroll were 15th and 17th, sandwiching the second Haas of Romain Grosjean.

McLaren driver Lando Norris was 18th, 1.483s down, with George Russell slowest of the drivers to set a time in 19th.

Vettel leads Ferrari 1-2 in second Brazil practice
Vettel leads Ferrari 1-2 in second Brazil practice

Robert Kubica, who sat out the first session to allow Nicholas Latifi to drive, didn't set a time after crashing at the Turn 3 left-hander on his first flying lap early on.

The rear stepped out and Kubica corrected, only to fire the car the other way and into the outside barrier - bringing his session to an end and leading to a seven-minute red flag.

Practice two times

Pos

Driver

Car

Time

Gap

Laps

1

Sebastian Vettel

Ferrari

1m09.217s

-

30

2

Charles Leclerc

Ferrari

1m09.238s

0.021s

35

3

Max Verstappen

Red Bull/Honda

1m09.351s

0.134s

33

4

Valtteri Bottas

Mercedes

1m09.373s

0.156s

37

5

Lewis Hamilton

Mercedes

1m09.440s

0.223s

39

6

Kevin Magnussen

Haas/Ferrari

1m10.143s

0.926s

38

7

Daniel Ricciardo

Renault

1m10.194s

0.977s

32

8

Kimi Raikkonen

Alfa Romeo/Ferrari

1m10.210s

0.993s

39

9

Alexander Albon

Red Bull/Honda

1m10.275s

1.058s

31

10

Carlos Sainz Jr.

McLaren/Renault

1m10.310s

1.093s

38

11

Nico Hulkenberg

Renault

1m10.325s

1.108s

31

12

Pierre Gasly

Toro Rosso/Honda

1m10.352s

1.135s

26

13

Antonio Giovinazzi

Alfa Romeo/Ferrari

1m10.419s

1.202s

36

14

Daniil Kvyat

Toro Rosso/Honda

1m10.424s

1.207s

34

15

Sergio Perez

Racing Point/Mercedes

1m10.443s

1.226s

31

16

Romain Grosjean

Haas/Ferrari

1m10.504s

1.287s

38

17

Lance Stroll

Racing Point/Mercedes

1m10.568s

1.351s

33

18

Lando Norris

McLaren/Renault

1m10.700s

1.483s

41

19

George Russell

Williams/Mercedes

1m11.818s

2.601s

36

20

Robert Kubica

Williams/Mercedes

-

-

2


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