Valtteri Bottas pips Lewis Hamilton by 0.003s in Brazil GP FP2

11 November, 2018, 16:26 | Author: Malcolm Quinn
  • Formula 1: Ferrari facing elimination in 2018 Brazilian Grand Prix

Stewards handed the four-time world champion a reprimand for failing to follow instructions, his first of the season, and a 25,000 euros ($A40,000) fine.

The only other team to do it, Ferrari, will be looking to stop them, however, with the Scuderia needing to score 13 more points than Mercedes in Brazil to keep the constructor's fight between them bubbling along until the season finale in Abu Dhabi.

Sebastian Vettel ended in second place, just 0.093s behind his rival, but faces the possibility of a grid penalty after being called before the stewards.

"That was a tough qualifying session", Hamilton said. But making that tyre last I think is going to be the interesting scenario, but it is what it is.

Kimi Raikkonen of Finland and Ferrari and Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Ferrari look at a paddock display during previews ahead of the Formula One Grand Prix of Mexico at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez on October 25, 2018 in Mexico City, Mexico.

"There's a drivers' championship, but if you go to any team they're probably going to say this is more important for them - the constructors' championship more than the drivers". It was my situation, I just needed to push it all the way to the end to get some temps in it, even though I think I would never make it enough.


"I moved to the left and that was where he made a decision to go". Max Verstappen out-qualified teammate Daniel Ricciardo by 0.002s, although the latter faces a five-place grid penalty for the new turbocharger Red Bull fitted to his auto on Friday. Hamilton swerved into Sirotkin's path while trying to avoid the Williams driver, but instead forced him onto the grass, although the Brit accused his fellow driver of a "disrespectful" move in the incident.

"We have an estimation of what the penalty might be with the harder compound at the start but it's a very short way to turn one so we'll see".

Pierre Gasly, who will succeed Ricciardo at Red Bull, was ninth for Toro Rosso and Charles Leclerc, the Monegasque prodigy who will join Ferrari next year, was 10th for Sauber. The German said he felt it was unfair that he was called in to the pits during a critical part of the session with the threat of rain in the air.

British teenager Lando Norris, another 2019 rookie, was also on track in Fernando Alonso's McLaren for the first session and was faster on the quicker soft tyres than the team's departing Belgian Stoffel Vandoorne on mediums.

"Ferrari have been really quick all weekend", said Hamilton. So I don't know if I'll be doing him any favours in the sense of giving him a win, I don't think he needs that. "I think we got the auto where it is happiest, and the balance was good in qualifying throughout, so we'll see".

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