FP2: Bottas faster than Hamilton as Mercedes top session

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F1 Grand Prix, GP Brazil, Autódromo José Carlos Pace, Interlagosbr

Mercedes appeared to be back at their normal form as they topped the second practice session at Brazil. On the back of a troubled Mexican GP weekend, Hamilton eagerly noted "the car feels much better now".

As an easy victory for a Red Bull, or even pole, seems like a far cry at Sao Paolo, Sebastian Vettel still managed to stay in touch with the Mercedes. The 4-time World Champion ended less than a tenth own on the pace setter and his newly crowned World Champion team mate.

Daniel Ricciardo headed Red Bull's charge, wary nonetheless that a turbocharger change - due to damage from a fire extinguished at the Mexican GP - will drop him 5 places on the grid. As Ricciardo enjoyed a trouble free session, Max Verstappen was stuck in the garage for the first half of the session as his team were resolving an oil leak on his Red Bull RB14.

Kimi Raikkonen was 6th fastest as the Finn was far from pleased with the behaviour of his Ferrari.

Romain Grosjean continued to head the midfield with 7th, topping Leclerc, Magnussen and Ocon.

The man with the least mileage in the 90-minute session was Nico Hulkenberg. The German crashed his Renault on the exit of the final corner on only his 6th lap. He initially went wide on coming out of the turn, before riding over the grass and ending up in the barriers. The shunt was eventually relatively minor, but enough to break the front and rear suspension on the right hand side of his Renault.

Running continues tomorrow with final practice and qualifying.

Results

Pos.No.DriverCarTimeGapLaps
177Valtteri BottasMercedes AMG1:08.846-48
244Lewis HamiltonMercedes AMG1:08.849+0.003s43
35Sebastian VettelFerrari1:08.919+0.073s42
43Daniel RicciardoRed Bull Racing TAG Heuer1:09.164+0.318s44
533Max VerstappenRed Bull Racing TAG Heuer1:09.339+0.493s28
67Kimi RäikkönenFerrari1:09.412+0.566s42
78Romain GrosjeanHaas Ferrari1:09.769+0.923s44
816Charles LeclercSauber Ferrari1:09.943+1.097s44
920Kevin MagnussenHaas Ferrari1:10.007+1.161s39
1031Esteban OconForce India Mercedes1:10.159+1.313s45
1111Sergio PerezForce India Mercedes1:10.320+1.474s23
1210Pierre GaslyScuderia Toro Rosso Honda1:10.330+1.484s44
1314Fernando AlonsoMcLaren Renault1:10.332+1.486s36
1455Carlos SainzRenault1:10.458+1.612s48
159Marcus EricssonSauber Ferrari1:10.532+1.686s44
1635Sergey SirotkinWilliams Mercedes1:10.569+1.723s46
172Stoffel VandoorneMcLaren Renault1:10.596+1.750s26
1818Lance StrollWilliams Mercedes1:10.662+1.816s44
1928Brendon HartleyScuderia Toro Rosso Honda1:10.734+1.888s46
2027Nico HulkenbergRenault1:11.674+2.828s6