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BRAZIL GP: FREE PRACTICE

An update from free practice at the Autódromo José Carlos Pace for the Brazilian Grand Prix.

It was a very rainy Friday morning in São Paulo which limited running in Free Practice One at the Autódromo José Carlos Pace. The tricky conditions required extreme wet tyres at the start of the session with some drivers opting to try the intermediate tyre towards the end.  

Alex set the fastest time of the session, a 1:16.142, on those intermediate tyres and completed 9 laps in total. Max only completed the 3 laps and did not set a time. Some teams tried slicks at the very end of the session including both Bulls. But the track proved to be too wet still with several drivers spinning off including Max and Alex. Both of them are ok and will be hoping conditions improve for the second practice session this afternoon... 

Fortunately the track did dry out for Free Practice Two and the drivers were able to head out on slick tyres for the afternoon session. Max completed a total of 33 laps with a best time of 1:09.351 putting him P3. Meanwhile, Alex completed 31 laps with a best time of 1:10.275 putting him in P9.

Saturday's final practice session saw Max finish P2 completing a total of 18 laps with a best time of 1:08.346. On the other side of the garage Alex compelted a total of 17 laps finishing P5 with a 1:09.136.

 

MAX VERSTAPPEN
First Practice Session: NO TIME SET, Position: 19, Laps: 3
Second Practice Session: 1:09.351, Position: 3, Laps: 33

“It was a bit of a messy day because of the changing weather and I think the lap times are not really representative as the track and ambient temperatures are pretty different to what it looks like for tomorrow and Sunday. It’s positive that the car was straight away working well, there are of course always things you can improve but it was a good start and we have a good basis for tomorrow. The top three teams are all very close to each other so let’s see how everyone responds to the track and temperatures tomorrow. I also don’t mind whether the rest of the weekend is wet or dry as I think we can be competitive whatever the conditions.”

ALEX ALBON
First Practice Session: 1:16.142, Position: 1, Laps: 9
Second Practice Session: 1:10.275, Position: 9, Laps: 31

“Today was ok. FP1 was tricky in the wet and obviously it wasn’t ideal crashing but it was quite a minor off. I just lost it on the brakes and it happened at the worst part of the track. The guys did a great job to get the car ready for FP2, and the car felt ok on the prime tyre. Then I switched to the option and got a flat spot so that was my session over really. I think our performance looks quite good though and our race pace is strong so we can take positives from today, I just don’t know where I’m at because I haven’t had a clean session. This track is quite difficult, and with the weather and rivers on the circuit it’s not easy, but it’s fun and I’m enjoying driving it. I need more laps and I’m just chipping away at it. Interlagos is old school so you need to build up to it and get into a rhythm.”