Hamilton edges Bottas in second practice

2017 Brazilian Grand Prix second practice

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Lewis Hamilton kept himself on top of the times sheets by a slender margin in the second practice session, outpacing team mate Valtteri Bottas by less than five-hundredths of a second.

Brazilian Grand Prix practice in pictures
Mercedes’ rivals got closer to them in the afternoon session, where track temperatures initially rose above 53C. Daniel Ricciardo got closest, lapping just two tenths of a second slower in his Red Bull, with Sebastian Vettel’s Ferrari close behind.

Esteban Ocon was next behind the usual ‘big six’ with Felipe Massa in close attendance in his Williams. Nico Hulkenberg and Fernando Alonso joined them in the top ten, the latter despite having to contend with power deployment problems.

Alonso was just four-hundredths faster than Carlos Sainz Jnr’s Renault and Sergio Perez’s Force India. Stoffel Vandoorne put his McLaren 13th following a spin at turn two.

Lance Stroll was a frustrated 14th, almost seven-tenths of a second slower than his team mate, after complaining about traffic on several occasions during the session.

The Toro Rosso drivers had a more productive time than in their abbreviated morning outing. Pierre Gasly was the quicker of the two in 16th place.

Pos.No.DriverCarBest lapGapLaps
144Lewis HamiltonMercedes1’09.51542
277Valtteri BottasMercedes1’09.5630.04845
33Daniel RicciardoRed Bull-TAG Heuer1’09.7430.22837
45Sebastian VettelFerrari1’09.8750.36048
533Max VerstappenRed Bull-TAG Heuer1’09.8860.37138
67Kimi RaikkonenFerrari1’10.1170.60245
731Esteban OconForce India-Mercedes1’10.3060.79149
819Felipe MassaWilliams-Mercedes1’10.3730.85842
927Nico HulkenbergRenault1’10.3960.88139
1014Fernando AlonsoMcLaren-Honda1’10.6551.14031
1155Carlos Sainz JnrRenault1’10.6851.17042
1211Sergio PerezForce India-Mercedes1’10.6951.18043
132Stoffel VandoorneMcLaren-Honda1’10.9021.38738
1418Lance StrollWilliams-Mercedes1’11.0641.54944
158Romain GrosjeanHaas-Ferrari1’11.3001.78539
1610Pierre GaslyToro Rosso-Renault1’11.4221.90744
1728Brendon HartleyToro Rosso-Renault1’11.8212.30654
1894Pascal WehrleinSauber-Ferrari1’11.8572.34243
199Marcus EricssonSauber-Ferrari1’11.9892.47417
2050Antonio GiovinazziHaas-Ferrari1’12.4172.90237

Second practice visual gaps

Lewis Hamilton – 1’09.515

+0.048 Valtteri Bottas – 1’09.563

+0.228 Daniel Ricciardo – 1’09.743

+0.360 Sebastian Vettel – 1’09.875

+0.371 Max Verstappen – 1’09.886

+0.602 Kimi Raikkonen – 1’10.117

+0.791 Esteban Ocon – 1’10.306

+0.858 Felipe Massa – 1’10.373

+0.881 Nico Hulkenberg – 1’10.396

+1.140 Fernando Alonso – 1’10.655

+1.170 Carlos Sainz Jnr – 1’10.685

+1.180 Sergio Perez – 1’10.695

+1.387 Stoffel Vandoorne – 1’10.902

+1.549 Lance Stroll – 1’11.064

+1.785 Romain Grosjean – 1’11.300

+1.907 Pierre Gasly – 1’11.422

+2.306 Brendon Hartley – 1’11.821

+2.342 Pascal Wehrlein – 1’11.857

+2.474 Marcus Ericsson – 1’11.989

+2.902 Antonio Giovinazzi – 1’12.417

Drivers more then ten seconds off the pace omitted.

Drivers’ best times by tyre

DriverTeamBest super-soft timeSuper-soft gapBest soft timeSoft gapBest medium timeMedium gap
Lewis HamiltonMercedes1’09.5151’09.742None
Valtteri BottasMercedes1’09.5630.0481’09.8600.118None
Daniel RicciardoRed Bull1’09.7430.2281’10.6570.915None
Max VerstappenRed Bull1’09.8860.3711’10.1750.433None
Sebastian VettelFerrari1’09.8750.361’10.5220.78None
Kimi RaikkonenFerrari1’10.1170.6021’10.4500.708None
Sergio PerezForce India1’10.6951.181’11.2821.54None
Esteban OconForce India1’10.3060.7911’10.9041.162None
Felipe MassaWilliams1’10.3730.8581’10.8931.151None
Lance StrollWilliams1’11.0641.5491’11.8522.11None
Fernando AlonsoMcLaren1’10.6551.141’11.1011.359None
Stoffel VandoorneMcLaren1’10.9021.3871’10.9251.183None
Brendon HartleyToro Rosso1’11.8212.3061’12.4602.718None
Pierre GaslyToro Rosso1’11.4221.9071’11.8382.0962’27.911
Romain GrosjeanHaas1’11.3001.7851’12.1162.374None
Antonio GiovinazziHaasNone1’12.4172.675None
Nico HulkenbergRenault1’10.3960.8811’10.9721.23None
Carlos Sainz JnrRenault1’10.6851.171’10.9651.223None
Marcus EricssonSauber1’21.12811.6131’11.9892.247None
Pascal WehrleinSauber1’11.8572.3421’12.3712.629None

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15 comments on “Hamilton edges Bottas in second practice”

  1. Leaving Ferraris, Mercs and RedBulls, Ocon seems to be consistently the best of the rest !

    1. He’s quick, but George Russel got pretty close in FP1.
      A lot of tall drivers making there way in to F1. I hope they’re not all as cheesy as Ocon.

      1. 6 tenth is not pretty close in F1 standards @reganama.

        1. It is if it’s his time in the car

  2. How is it that the fastest FP1 time didn’t get beaten? That isn’t common.

    1. Temperatures can be a big difference, optimal temperature = record breaking conditions !

      1. @jerejj @redbullf1 It was the same at this race last year.

        1. @keithcollantine OK, thanks for that info. I didn’t remember that from last season’s edition, but since it was the case also twelve months ago, then I guess this is the norm for this circuit for some reason although in general on each circuit the fastest FP2 time is faster than the FP1 equivalent.

  3. Why is giovanazzi in the car?

    1. Because for whatever reason, Haas decided against putting GIO in the car for FP1 so they put him in the car for FP2 instead

  4. I love the “visual gaps” graphic. It’s a lot of information quickly.

    How about doing two versions: the one you’ve got; and a second one where you group team mates together so we can see the relative performance.

    It would look something like:

    Lewis Hamilton
     Valtteri Bottas
        Daniel Ricciardo
            Max Verstappen
          Sebastian Vettel
                Kimi Raikkonen
                     Esteban Ocon
                            &nbso; Sergio Perez
                         Felipe Massa
                          Lance Stroll

    1. …and provide an edit function >:o(
      (That was supposed to be nbsp, not nbso.)

  5. I read track temps were 53 degrees. That’s really high and should technically be affecting the Mercs adversely no? How come that is not happening here I wonder.

    1. short lap, tyre selection, sweeping corners etc

  6. Again we see a Renault less than 1 second from the fastest time. They seemed to made a good job in the latest updates and looking also at how fast Red Bull has been, the engine is looking good (still worse than Merc and Ferrari but closer it seems, at least on peak performance).
    Now, let’s see if the cars make it to the end of the race … and also if they don’t take 2 steps back for the 2018 power unit (and also the chassis for the works team).

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