Lewis Hamilton tops practice at Interlagos

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Saturday 26th November, 2011 - 6:59am

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Lewis Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton’s has topped time sheets at the Interlagos circuit ahead of this weekend’s Brazilian Grand Prix.

The McLaren star set the fastest time of the day in the second free practice session, but it was a close-run thing as the top eight drivers – from McLaren, Red Bull, Ferrari and Mercedes – were separated by just 0.480s.

Hamilton lapped his McLaren in 1m 13.392s, 0.167s ahead of the Red Bull Racing pair of Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber.

After engine failure in the first practice, Fernando Alonso’s Ferrari was fourth quickest, while Mercedes’ Michael Schumacher pushed up to fifth, which was the fastest time for a while.

Felipe Massa, celebrating his 100th start for Ferrari this weekend, was sixth from McLaren’s Jenson Button and Nico Rosberg.

The first session saw Australia’s Mark Webber top the time-sheets. Webber, who won the 2009 Brazilian Grand Prix, set the early pace for Red Bull with 1m13.811s, but he was only 0.014s ahead of Jenson Button, and 0.150s ahead of Lewis Hamilton.

In the first session, there were five substitutions on track, with Jean-Eric Vergne at Toro Rosso, replacing Sebastien Buemi, Romain Grosjean stood in at Renault for Vitaly Petrov; Nico Hulkenberg was out in place of Adrian Sutil at Force India, Luiz Razia took Jarno Trulli’s seat at Lotus, and Czech Jan Charouz took over Tonio Liuzzi’s HRT.

Practice 1

Pos No Driver Team Time/Retired Gap Laps
1 2 Mark Webber RBR-Renault 1:13.811 26
2 4 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:13.825 0.014 25
3 3 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1:13.961 0.150 20
4 1 Sebastian Vettel RBR-Renault 1:14.025 0.214 28
5 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:14.507 0.696 34
6 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:14.541 0.730 26
7 7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1:15.162 1.351 28
8 14 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1:15.178 1.367 28
9 15 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1:15.241 1.430 31
10 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:15.321 1.510 29
11 19 Jaime Alguersuari STR-Ferrari 1:15.468 1.657 29
12 10 Romain Grosjean Renault 1:15.547 1.736 18
13 11 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1:15.663 1.852 27
14 9 Bruno Senna Renault 1:15.732 1.921 32
15 16 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1:15.747 1.936 31
16 12 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Cosworth 1:15.836 2.025 27
17 17 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1:15.979 2.168 35
18 18 Jean-Eric Vergne STR-Ferrari 1:16.052 2.241 33
19 20 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Renault 1:16.514 2.703 33
20 21 Luiz Razia Lotus-Renault 1:17.595 3.784 31
21 24 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1:18.140 4.329 29
22 25 Jerome d’Ambrosio Virgin-Cosworth 1:18.653 4.842 29
23 22 Daniel Ricciardo HRT-Cosworth 1:18.952 5.141 33
24 23 Jan Charouz HRT-Cosworth 1:19.577 5.766 37

Practice 2

Pos No Driver Team Time/Retired Gap Laps
1 3 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1:13.392 35
2 1 Sebastian Vettel RBR-Renault 1:13.559 0.167 41
3 2 Mark Webber RBR-Renault 1:13.587 0.195 41
4 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:13.598 0.206 35
5 7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1:13.723 0.331 38
6 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:13.750 0.358 39
7 4 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:13.787 0.395 36
8 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:13.872 0.480 42
9 14 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1:14.144 0.752 41
10 15 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1:14.807 1.415 48
11 10 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1:14.856 1.464 38
12 9 Bruno Senna Renault 1:14.931 1.539 37
13 17 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1:14.970 1.578 32
14 16 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1:15.019 1.627 45
15 18 Sebastien Buemi STR-Ferrari 1:15.264 1.872 44
16 19 Jaime Alguersuari STR-Ferrari 1:15.388 1.996 41
17 12 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Cosworth 1:15.679 2.287 43
18 11 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1:15.903 2.511 40
19 21 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Renault 1:16.298 2.906 36
20 20 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Renault 1:16.338 2.946 48
21 25 Jerome d’Ambrosio Virgin-Cosworth 1:18.031 4.639 39
22 24 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1:18.051 4.659 45
23 22 Daniel Ricciardo HRT-Cosworth 1:18.367 4.975 42
24 23 Vitantonio Liuzzi HRT-Cosworth 1:18.476 5.084 42

 

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