Verstappen and Vettel top opening practice in Brazil

Max Verstappen
Max Verstappen

Red Bull's Max Verstappen topped FP1 for the Brazilian GP at Interlagos by 0.049s from Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel, with Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton 0.047s further back.

All three set their flying laps on the supersoft rubber, with the track ever improving as the session wore on.

Daniel Ricciardo in the 2nd Red Bull and Kimi Raikkonen in the 2nd Ferrari rounded out the top-5 in the incident free session.

The FIA confirmed Ricciardo, who was on pole last time out in Mexico, will run a fresh turbocharger in Brazil. That’s his sixth of the season and as a result, he receives a five-place grid penalty for the change, dropping him down the pack for the start of Sunday's race.

Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas finished sixth despite losing track time due to a suspected oil leak.

Haas enjoyed a solid opening practice in Brazil as Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen took seventh and eighth place respectively. Charles Leclerc took P9 for Sauber, while Esteban Ocon completed the top 10 for Force India.

Renault drivers Carlos Sainz Jr. and Nico Hulkenberg were 11th and 12th respectively, while Sauber FP1 stand-in Antonio Giovinazzi ended the session in 13th place ahead of Williams’ Lance Stroll.

Pierre Gasly recovered from an early steering issue on his Toro Rosso car to finish the session 15th ahead of Lando Norris, who continued his preparation for his F1 debut next year with another FP1 outing for McLaren in place of Fernando Alonso. Norris finished the session four-tenths of a second clear of McLaren regular Stoffel Vandoorne, who took P19.

Sergey Sirotkin finished 17th for Williams ahead of Brendon Hartley in the second Toro Rosso, while Nicholas Latifi propped up the standings in P20 behind Vandoorne.

Practice 1 Results

1 33 Max Verstappen Red Bull Renault 1:09.011 +0.000s 16
2 5 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:09.060 +0.049s 20
3 44 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:09.107 +0.096s 28
4 3 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Renault 1:09.395 +0.384s 23
5 7 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1:09.573 +0.562s 28
6 77 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:09.679 +0.668s 23
7 8 Romain Grosjean Haas Ferrari 1:09.922 +0.911s 28
8 20 Kevin Magnussen Haas Ferrari 1:10.236 +1.225s 15
9 16 Charles Leclerc Sauber Ferrari 1:10.346 +1.335s 28
10 31 Esteban Ocon Force India Mercedes 1:10.361 +1.350s 34
11 55 Carlos Sainz Renault 1:10.662 +1.651s 34
12 27 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1:10.679 +1.668s 34
13 36 Antonio Giovinazzi Sauber Ferrari 1:10.685 +1.674s 29
14 18 Lance Stroll Williams Mercedes 1:10.799 +1.788s 30
15 10 Pierre Gasly Scuderia Toro Rosso Honda 1:10.934 +1.923s 30
16 47 Lando Norris McLaren Renault 1:11.013 +2.002s 28
17 35 Sergey Sirotkin Williams Mercedes 1:11.037 +2.026s 30
18 28 Brendon Hartley Scuderia Toro Rosso Honda 1:11.176 +2.165s 32
19 2 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren Renault 1:11.452 +2.441s 23
20 34 Nicholas Latifi Force India Mercedes 1:11.493 +2.482s 34

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