Hamilton on top in Brazilian Grand Prix practice

  • Saturday 24th November, 2012 9:06am
  • Author: SpeedCafe ©
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Lewis Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton has asserted his authority during the two practice sessions in his last Grand Prix for McLaren in Brazil today.

Hamilton will leave McLaren for Mercedes next year but is looking to end his six year stint with the team on a high, outclassing the Red Bull Racing pair of Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber.

The Hamilton, Vettel and Webber trio ended both sessions on top, with the improving Ferraris of Felipe Massa and Fernando Alonso setting the fourth and fifth fastest times in Practice 2.

Michael Schumacher, competing in his final Grand Prix before his second retirement, was sixth fastest in the second session, ahead of his Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg, with Jenson Button, Romain Grosjean and Paul di Resta rounding out the top 10.

Vettel and Alonso remain the only two drivers with a chance of winning this year’s F1 crown. Vettel sits 13 points ahead of Alonso and, if Alonso wins, Vettel needs to finish third place or better to wrap up the title.

Practice 1

Pos No Driver Team Time/Retired Gap Laps
1 4 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1:14.131 33
2 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:14.140 0.009 35
3 2 Mark Webber Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:14.198 0.067 34
4 3 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:14.217 0.086 31
5 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:14.392 0.261 28
6 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:14.716 0.585 29
7 10 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1:14.719 0.588 33
8 11 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1:14.738 0.607 34
9 18 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1:15.015 0.884 37
10 12 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1:15.050 0.919 32
11 7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1:15.114 0.983 36
12 14 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1:15.255 1.124 31
13 15 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1:15.396 1.265 32
14 19 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Renault 1:15.413 1.282 23
15 16 Daniel Ricciardo STR-Ferrari 1:15.587 1.456 35
16 9 Kimi Räikkönen Lotus-Renault 1:15.701 1.570 16
17 17 Jean-Eric Vergne STR-Ferrari 1:16.048 1.917 35
18 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:16.315 2.184 36
19 20 Giedo van der Garde Caterham-Renault 1:16.460 2.329 32
20 24 Timo Glock Marussia-Cosworth 1:16.506 2.375 31
21 21 Vitaly Petrov Caterham-Renault 1:16.617 2.486 30
22 25 Charles Pic Marussia-Cosworth 1:17.234 3.103 26
23 22 Pedro de la Rosa HRT-Cosworth 1:17.678 3.547 15
24 23 Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 1:17.895 3.764 13

Practice 2

Pos No Driver Team Time/Retired Gap Laps
1 4 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1:14.026 35
2 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:14.300 0.274 40
3 2 Mark Webber Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:14.523 0.497 37
4 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:14.553 0.527 37
5 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:14.592 0.566 37
6 7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1:14.654 0.628 36
7 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:14.669 0.643 40
8 3 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:14.863 0.837 40
9 10 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1:14.994 0.968 37
10 11 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1:15.129 1.103 39
11 12 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1:15.131 1.105 40
12 9 Kimi Räikkönen Lotus-Renault 1:15.371 1.345 39
13 19 Bruno Senna Williams-Renault 1:15.432 1.406 45
14 15 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1:15.542 1.516 35
15 14 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1:15.839 1.813 43
16 16 Daniel Ricciardo STR-Ferrari 1:15.902 1.876 39
17 18 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1:15.953 1.927 47
18 17 Jean-Eric Vergne STR-Ferrari 1:16.048 2.022 40
19 21 Vitaly Petrov Caterham-Renault 1:16.126 2.100 39
20 20 Heikki Kovalainen Caterham-Renault 1:16.655 2.629 42
21 22 Pedro de la Rosa HRT-Cosworth 1:17.244 3.218 15
22 24 Timo Glock Marussia-Cosworth 1:17.675 3.649 42
23 25 Charles Pic Marussia-Cosworth 1:18.127 4.101 31
24 23 Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 1:18.139 4.113 15

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