Lewis Hamilton dominates Brazilian Grand Prix practice

Lewis Hamilton dominates Brazilian Grand Prix practice

Raikkonen got nearest to the silver cars, for Ferrari, with 1m 09.744s, but Verstappen was right with him on 1m 09.750s and Ricciardo and Vettel were close with 1m 09.828s and 1m 09.984s respectively.

Sebastian Vettel says Mercedes is the clear favourite for victory at the Brazilian Grand Prix after the first two sessions of Friday practice.

The Mercedes driver is under no pressure to perform in Sao Paulo having already wrapped up the 2017 Formula One World Drivers' Championship. McLaren has struggled at Brazil in its troubled time with Honda and the Interlagos circuit has provided two of the more iconic images of the partnership - Alonso relaxing in a deckchair in 2015 and then doubling up as a trackside cameraman a year ago, both after engine failures.

The sister pink auto was driven extremely well to 12th place by rookie George Russell, having his first official F1 run at a Grand Prix meeting; the GP3 champion lapped only six-tenths slower than Ocon despite never having seen Interlagos before.

Finnish team mate Valtteri Bottas was second in both and ended up just 0.048 slower. "As a team we really want to finish one and two". "I think we can fine-tune the balance and that should help us", Vettel said. They were followed by Max Verstappen of Red Bull and Kimi Raikkonen of Ferrari.

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Mercedes have clinched the constructors' championship for a fourth successive year and experimented with processes and parts for 2018.

Daniel Ricciardo finished fifth fastest, though is set to be handed a 10-place grid penalty after taking on a new MGU-H, his eighth of the campaign.

"I take so many great memories with me as I prepare for my final two races", said the former Ferrari driver who missed out on the 2008 title to Hamilton by a single point.

"Mercedes looked very strong so I think they are a bit ahead, both of them", said Vettel, who has won four times this year.

British driver George Russell, the 19-year-old GP3 champion, made his grand prix weekend debut with Force India and was an impressive 12th fastest at an unfamiliar circuit and in a auto he had not driven before.

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