Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari, Interlagos, 2019

Vettel leads close Ferrari one-two with ‘untidy lap’

2019 Brazilian Grand Prix second practice

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Sebastian Vettel led a one-two for Ferrari in the second practice session for the Brazilian Grand Prix despite not being satisfied with his fastest lap.

Vettel pipped team mate Charles Leclerc by 21 thousandths of a second. However he was sure he could lap quicker than his best effort of 1’09.217.

“It was not a very tidy lap,” said Vettel on the radio. “[But] I am OK there. Focus on the long run. I know what I can do with these tyres so don’t worry.”

Lewis Hamilton, fifth-fastest, might also have lapped faster had he not caught his team mate at the end of his first flying lap on soft compound tyres. Mercedes gave Valtteri Bottas a two-second warning before Hamilton caught him, but he remained on the racing line at the exit of Mergulho, forcing Hamilton to dodge around him.

“Valtteri was just sitting there,” complained Hamilton, who had set the fastest middle sector time before catching his team mate. Bottas set the fourth-fastest time, yet was just 0.154s off Vettel, with Max Verstappen separating him from the Ferraris.

It wasn’t the only time in the session that the Mercedes operation didn’t seem up to its usual well-oiled standards. Hamilton arrived in the pit box at one point to find Bottas already occupying it. “You should have told me Valtteri was in, I would have made space,” he said.

Kevin Magnussen was an encouraging sixth-fastest for Haas, though Romain Grosjean struggled to get a good lap in and ended up 10 places behind his team mate. Behind him Daniel Ricciardo’s Renault, Kimi Raikkonen’s Alfa Romeo, Alexander Albon’s Red Bull and Carlos Sainz Jnr’s McLaren completed the top 10.

Toro Rosso endured a troubled session. Pierre Gasly came to a stop before the end with an apparent engine failure, and Daniil Kvyat caused a red flag which ended the session with five minutes left to run. His Toro Rosso appeared to shut down as he approached Juncao, sending him spinning off.

Robert Kubica triggered a red flag at the beginning of the session when he crashed on his second lap of the day, Nicholas Latifi having driven his FW42 in first practice. Kubica’s car snapped into an unprotected barrier at turn three, causing heavy damage.

Georgwe Russell as over a second slower than the next-slowest car on a tough day for Williams. “I’m really struggling,” he admitted. “Just no grip. Tyres are just not biting.”

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Pos.No.DriverCarBest lapGapLaps
15Sebastian VettelFerrari1’09.21730
216Charles LeclercFerrari1’09.2380.02135
333Max VerstappenRed Bull-Honda1’09.3510.13433
477Valtteri BottasMercedes1’09.3730.15637
544Lewis HamiltonMercedes1’09.4400.22339
620Kevin MagnussenHaas-Ferrari1’10.1430.92638
73Daniel RicciardoRenault1’10.1940.97732
87Kimi RaikkonenAlfa Romeo-Ferrari1’10.2100.99339
923Alexander AlbonRed Bull-Honda1’10.2751.05831
1055Carlos Sainz JnrMcLaren-Renault1’10.3101.09338
1127Nico HulkenbergRenault1’10.3251.10831
1210Pierre GaslyToro Rosso-Honda1’10.3521.13526
1399Antonio GiovinazziAlfa Romeo-Ferrari1’10.4191.20236
1426Daniil KvyatToro Rosso-Honda1’10.4241.20734
1511Sergio PerezRacing Point-Mercedes1’10.4431.22631
168Romain GrosjeanHaas-Ferrari1’10.5041.28738
1718Lance StrollRacing Point-Mercedes1’10.5681.35133
184Lando NorrisMcLaren-Renault1’10.7001.48341
1963George RussellWilliams-Mercedes1’11.8182.60136
2088Robert KubicaWilliams-Mercedes

Second practice visual gaps

Sebastian Vettel – 1’09.217

+0.021 Charles Leclerc – 1’09.238

+0.134 Max Verstappen – 1’09.351

+0.156 Valtteri Bottas – 1’09.373

+0.223 Lewis Hamilton – 1’09.440

+0.926 Kevin Magnussen – 1’10.143

+0.977 Daniel Ricciardo – 1’10.194

+0.993 Kimi Raikkonen – 1’10.210

+1.058 Alexander Albon – 1’10.275

+1.093 Carlos Sainz Jnr – 1’10.310

+1.108 Nico Hulkenberg – 1’10.325

+1.135 Pierre Gasly – 1’10.352

+1.202 Antonio Giovinazzi – 1’10.419

+1.207 Daniil Kvyat – 1’10.424

+1.226 Sergio Perez – 1’10.443

+1.287 Romain Grosjean – 1’10.504

+1.351 Lance Stroll – 1’10.568

+1.483 Lando Norris – 1’10.700

+2.601 George Russell – 1’11.818

Drivers more then ten seconds off the pace omitted.

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11 comments on “Vettel leads close Ferrari one-two with ‘untidy lap’”

  1. Kubica has been able to make very good progress to reach F1 in terms of driving, but once the car loses control, his injury and heavy use of one hand really hinders him badly from saving the car.

    1. There was no saving that, not by anyone else driving.

    2. His control is fine and all this talk about him driving one handed is nonsense.

  2. I hope Williams won’t need to fly spare parts to Brazil (assuming they have them in first place :) ) it would be a logistic nightmare for them.

  3. Ferrari seems quick on one lap only. But it’s still only friday of course

    1. @anunaki Vettel was faster on race pace simulation than Verstappen.

  4. Wondering if Bottas secret plan is combo of Rosbergs end of 2015 and Alonsos 2007 one, trying to unsettle Hamilton before the next season starts!

    1. @bosyber Execution of the plan requires you to be quicker than your teammate.

  5. Maybe you need to learn of MaxV or CharlesL. Them boys have spectacular car control.

  6. Hamilton complaining will mean poor performance._

  7. Bottas was seriously clowning around, given a warning but drifting aimlessly across the track, leaving Hamilton having to guess where he’d end up. Then also held up Vettel.

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