Published: Sat, November 10, 2018
Sports | By Juana Wells

Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton fastest in Brazilian GP 2nd practice

Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton fastest in Brazilian GP 2nd practice

Despite ruling out Red Bull's chances of victory on Thursday, Mexican Grand Prix victor Verstappen led the way on a 1m09.011s as he continued his run of impressive form having topped all three practice sessions at the last race.

But Hamilton, who this weekend begins his title victory parade in Brazil and is, quite comfortably, F1's most marketable star, said: "I am not going to be here if it gets to 25 races, that's for sure". It already feels like we are on race No 25 this year, so I don't think more races is going to be a good thing.

Bottas had a lap of 1min08.846 seconds in the second session at the Interlagos circuit, with world champion Hamilton 0.003 seconds behind.

'I am someone that really loves racing, but the season is long, it takes a big commitment from all of us, and it is a long time away from our families. The turnaround is so short, you start preparing for your next season often as soon as the season is done.

The British driver, who celebrated his title triumph in California, has failed to win a race after clinching the championship with rounds to spare.

"Getting your mind turned".

Sebastian Vettel made light of his disappointment at missing out on beating Lewis Hamilton to a fifth world title on Friday with an unexpected message on Ferrari team radio.

He said, however, that it was still tough to find time to switch off and recover.

In 2015, Nico Rosberg won the last three races, before Sebastian Vettel and Hamilton's Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas claimed a win each a year ago. "Whoever has the most points has won it".

"I think some of it is still a mystery but I think there are a lot of areas that we have understood", Hamilton said. "He won it. Fair play and congratulations to him".

Even with these results, Ferrari only managed to outscore Mercedes by 11 points, so it will be extremely challenging for them to outscore them by at least 13 points in the Brazilian Grand Prix to take the constructor championship battle to the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

The 33-year-old Briton, who secured his fifth drivers' title in Mexico two weeks ago, missed out on winning the championship in Brazil in his rookie season of 2007, but went back to grab his maiden title in dramatic fashion in 2008.

With two races remaining on the 2018 schedule, a maximum of 86 points are on the table for each team, as race victories are worth 25 points and second place finishes are worth 18 points. He's going to want to win in it in his own way.

Like this: