Valtteri Bottas Mercedes in the Brazilian GP test at Interlagos, November 9, 2018 NELSON ALMEIDA
Fint Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes) was the fastest time of the first two free GP training in Brazil on Friday at Interlagos in Sao Paulo before his British team-mate Lewis Hamilton.
At the end of the second session, the fastest day, only 3/1000 separated Bottas from a five-time world champion, Formula One champion, two weeks ago in Mexico.
German Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari), Hamiltonian dolphin in 2017 and 2018, He is ranked third at 73/1000.
Mercedes will try to approve the fifth consecutive constructors title in Brazil, which will be effective if Scuderia does not score thirteen points more than the silver arrows.
Bottas is looking for his first success this season.
Finnish Stoica warned the instructions of his team, leaving first place in Hamilton in Russia at the end of September.
"I do not know if I would do him a favor by giving him a win, and besides, I do not think he needs it," said Hamilton, who only won the recovery at Interlagos.
The red flag was abolished after just nine minutes in the second session, when the German Nico Hülkenberg (Renault) made a mistake in the grass at the end of the last bend and hit the wall on the right, seriously damaging the car.
Shortly thereafter, Vettel returned to the booth, complaining that something was moving between his legs in the cockpit, probably a wreck from the accident of his countryman.
– Rain disturbs peace? –
"I would be proud if you think about it, but it is not!" Joked four-time world champion, who was forced to retain for further controls.
On the Red Bull side, Max Verstappen was the fastest in the first session, but the Dutch miracle child had an oil leak, which delayed his work in the second.
Definitely unpainted in 2018, his Australian team mate Daniel Ricciardo, the fourth of two sessions, received 5 penalty places on Sunday for turbo shifts, the one used in Mexico was damaged during the intervention of the commissioners following his abandonment.
Frenchman Romain Grosjean (Haas) showed great skills finishing seventh twice. His team announced recruitment in Sao Paulo as a test driver for Pietro Fittipaldi, grandson of Brazilian Emerson Fittipaldi, two-time world champion in 1972 and 1974.
The rain, which made him appear shy on Friday, has the chance to upset the Saturday in qualifying from 18:00 (17:00 GMT) and Sunday to the race, which will start at 18:10 (17:10 GMT).
It will also be necessary to monitor tire deterioration, which seems very premature for soft and super soft tires.
The issue of these tires considered too fragile will be one of the topics discussed on Friday evening at the GPDA meeting, the F1 drivers' association.
Finally, Formula 1 officially extended on Friday, the commitment began in 2017 with Carbon champagne, after a short break of California sparkling wine and long rule of champagne Mumm.
The three drivers finishing on the podium will continue to bathe in three-color bubbles at least until the end of 2021.