Mercedes have been the top dogs in Brazil lately. Since 2014, they’ve earned every pole in the Brazilian Grand Prix. On Friday, they look like that streak will extend through 2018.
Valtteri Bottas topped the speed charts on the day as he turned a lap of 1:08.846-seconds. His teammate Lewis Hamilton was P2 turning a time of 1:08.849-seconds giving the duo a 1-2 result on Friday. After being down in power a bit the last two races, they’re in a fight for the constructors championship and hoping to get the win on Sunday.
Sebastian Vettel was P3 in his No. 5 Ferrari. The German circled the track with a time of 1:08.919-seconds. Daniel Ricciardo (1:09.164-seconds) and his teammate Max Verstappen who had an oil leak and missed the first 45 minutes was fifth with a lap of 1:09.339-seconds.
Nico Hulkenberg crashed in the final turn just 10 minutes into the session as the lone crash of the session.
In the opening practice, Verstappen topped the speed charts in his No. 33 Red Bull Racing Renault. Verstappen, turned a lap of 1:09.011-seconds and is looking for his fourth straight podium finish on the season. Vettel (1:09.060-seconds) was second while Hamilton (1:09.107-seconds) was third.
Ricciardo (1:09.395-seconds) was fourth once again while Kimi Raikkonen rounded out the top five with a time of 1:09.573-seconds. Bottas, was sixth with a time of 1:09.679-seconds.