Max Verstappen, Red Bull, Interlagos, 2018

Verstappen quickest as one-tenth covers top three teams

2018 Brazilian Grand Prix first practice

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Max Verstappen led a close first practice session at Interlagos where the top three teams were covered by less than a tenth of a second.

The Mexican Grand Prix winner set a scorching pace through the twisty middle sector of the lap, almost four-tenths of a second faster than anyone including his team mate. That was enough to overcome the times lost to the Ferraris and Mercedes in the other two sectors.

Sebastian Vettel got within five-hundredths of a second of Verstappen. Lewis Hamilton, now sporting five stars on his helmet following his world championship victory in Mexico, had a similar gap to Vettel in third place.

All three set their best times on the super-soft tyres as did Daniel Ricciardo, who was almost four-tenths of a second off his team mate. Kimi Raikkonen over half a second off Verstappen but set his best time on the soft tyres. Valtteri Bottas, who lost some time while Mercedes investigated an oil leak, rounded off the usual top six.

Haas were conclusively ‘best of the ‘rest’, the pair running super-softs throughout the session. Seventh-placed Romain Grosjean got within a second off Verstappen’s benchmark, with Kevin Magnussen three-tenths behind,

Five of the six Ferrari-powered cars appeared in the top 10. Charles Leclerc was ninth for Sauber, while test driver Antonio Giovinazzi was a few tenths slower. Esteban Ocon also put his Force India in the top 10 while Nicholas Latifi drove Sergio Perez’s car.

The third test driver in action during the session was Lando Norris. While Stoffel Vandoorne ran the medium tyres for much of the session, Norris was four-tenths of a second quicker on the softs, despite an off at turn four.

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Pos. No. Driver Car Best lap Gap Laps
1 33 Max Verstappen Red Bull-TAG Heuer 1’09.011 16
2 5 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1’09.060 0.049 20
3 44 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1’09.107 0.096 28
4 3 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull-TAG Heuer 1’09.395 0.384 23
5 7 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1’09.573 0.562 28
6 77 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1’09.679 0.668 23
7 8 Romain Grosjean Haas-Ferrari 1’09.922 0.911 28
8 20 Kevin Magnussen Haas-Ferrari 1’10.236 1.225 15
9 16 Charles Leclerc Sauber-Ferrari 1’10.346 1.335 28
10 31 Esteban Ocon Force India-Mercedes 1’10.361 1.350 34
11 55 Carlos Sainz Jnr Renault 1’10.662 1.651 34
12 27 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1’10.679 1.668 34
13 36 Antonio Giovinazzi Sauber-Ferrari 1’10.685 1.674 29
14 18 Lance Stroll Williams-Mercedes 1’10.799 1.788 30
15 10 Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso-Honda 1’10.934 1.923 30
16 47 Lando Norris McLaren-Renault 1’11.013 2.002 28
17 35 Sergey Sirotkin Williams-Mercedes 1’11.037 2.026 30
18 28 Brendon Hartley Toro Rosso-Honda 1’11.176 2.165 32
19 2 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren-Renault 1’11.452 2.441 23
20 34 Nicholas Latifi Force India-Mercedes 1’11.493 2.482 34

First practice visual gaps

Max Verstappen – 1’09.011

+0.049 Sebastian Vettel – 1’09.060

+0.096 Lewis Hamilton – 1’09.107

+0.384 Daniel Ricciardo – 1’09.395

+0.562 Kimi Raikkonen – 1’09.573

+0.668 Valtteri Bottas – 1’09.679

+0.911 Romain Grosjean – 1’09.922

+1.225 Kevin Magnussen – 1’10.236

+1.335 Charles Leclerc – 1’10.346

+1.350 Esteban Ocon – 1’10.361

+1.651 Carlos Sainz Jnr – 1’10.662

+1.668 Nico Hulkenberg – 1’10.679

+1.674 Antonio Giovinazzi – 1’10.685

+1.788 Lance Stroll – 1’10.799

+1.923 Pierre Gasly – 1’10.934

+2.002 Lando Norris – 1’11.013

+2.026 Sergey Sirotkin – 1’11.037

+2.165 Brendon Hartley – 1’11.176

+2.441 Stoffel Vandoorne – 1’11.452

+2.482 Nicholas Latifi – 1’11.493

Drivers more then ten seconds off the pace omitted.

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10 comments on “Verstappen quickest as one-tenth covers top three teams”

  1. Any info on the long run pace?

  2. I believe Vettel’s time was set on the Softs

    1. From what I managed to see he only ran with the SS in this session, don’t quote me on that though

      1. How do we not have a Megasoft yet?

        1. we don’t?

        2. And I think it’d be between supersoft and ultrasoft!

  3. Max the poker player showing a glimpse o his cards.

  4. Wasn’t Giovinazzi driving not Ericsson? Surely it has top be, Ericsson would be way more than just three tenths slower than Leclerc.

    1. Good one, I was about to reply to take these numbers with a grain of salt till at least FP3, but looks like it’s been corrected, it was giovinazzi.

  5. These numbers don’t mean much without the tire information. @keithcollantine is it in the plans at all to add another column with the tire that was used to set the fastest lap?

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