Max tops Interlagos FP1
Published on 09 November 2018 by Stefan Meens
Max Verstappen was quickest in the opening session of the Brazilian Grand Prix. The Aston Martin Red Bull Racing driver lapped the Interlagos circuit faster than Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari) and Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes). Max’ team mate, Daniel Ricciardo, had to settle for fourth.
The Australian, who has been given another grid penalty ahead of Sunday’s race, was the first driver out on track. He was joined by a couple of Friday practice drivers: Antonio Giovinazzi, replacing Marcus Ericsson at Sauber; Lando Norris, instead of Fernando Alonso, at Mclaren; and Force India running Nicolas Latifi in place of Esteban Ocon.
Max Verstappen fans have to wait a while to see their star man on track. Half an hour into FP1, the Dutchman completes his first timed lap of the morning. Max is near the front from the get go as his first effort earns him P2 before continually bettering his lap times. Nevertheless, it is not enough to be quickest at the halfway mark. Instead, Lewis Hamilton is marginally quicker than the RBR ace.
Around the hour mark, Max heads out on the Pirelli super-soft tyres. His first timed lap on this new set is ultimately the quickest lap of the entire session.
In the closing stages, most drivers opt for long runs on used tyres, resulting in Max’ quickest effort not being beaten, meaning the youngster starts his Brazilian GP weekend well.
|1||Max Verstappen||VER||Red Bull Racing TAG Heuer||1:09.011||16|
|4||Daniel Ricciardo||RIC||Red Bull Racing TAG Heuer||1:09.395||+0.384s||23|
|7||Romain Grosjean||GRO||Haas Ferrari||1:09.922||+0.911s||28|
|8||Kevin Magnussen||MAG||Haas Ferrari||1:10.236||+1.225s||15|
|9||Charles Leclerc||LEC||Sauber Ferrari||1:10.346||+1.335s||28|
|10||Esteban Ocon||OCO||Force India Mercedes||1:10.361||+1.350s||34|
|13||Antonio Giovinazzi||GIO||Sauber Ferrari||1:10.685||+1.674s||29|
|14||Lance Stroll||STR||Williams Mercedes||1:10.799||+1.788s||30|
|15||Pierre Gasly||GAS||Scuderia Toro Rosso Honda||1:10.934||+1.923s||30|
|16||Lando Norris||NOR||McLaren Renault||1:11.013||+2.002s||28|
|17||Sergey Sirotkin||SIR||Williams Mercedes||1:11.037||+2.026s||30|
|18||Brendon Hartley||HAR||Scuderia Toro Rosso Honda||1:11.176||+2.165s||32|
|19||Stoffel Vandoorne||VAN||McLaren Renault||1:11.452||+2.441s||23|
|20||Nicholas Latifi||LAT||Force India Mercedes||1:11.493||+2.482s||34|