Mercedes Formula 1 driver Lewis Hamilton tops both sessions in Brazil with best time of the day in Free Practice 1

The Interlagos lap record was broken with a time over 1.5 seconds faster than last year’s pole

Around 0.6 seconds separate the Pirelli soft tire and supersoft tire compounds on the second-shortest lap of the year

The Brazilian Grand Prix Friday free practice sessions were as expected at the Interlagos track, despite relatively inconsistent track conditions and asphalt temperatures that peaked at a moderate 111 degrees fahrenheit in the afternoon.

Nonetheless, the all-time lap record (1m09.822s set in 2004) was broken in Free Practice 1 using the Pirelli soft tire compound, before being lowered further with the Pirelli supersoft tire. The soft tire was the same tire compound that also set the fastest time in Free Practice 1 at the Brazilian Grand Prix one year ago, providing a direct comparison.

Mercedes Formula 1 driver Lewis Hamilton led both free practice sessions today, in which the soft and the supersoft tire compounds were mainly used, which were separated with a time difference of around 0.6 seconds.

MARIO ISOLA – PIRELLI’S HEAD OF CAR RACING
“There were no real surprises today, just a little bit of front-left blistering. Again, we saw the all-time lap record lowered, with the soft tire as well as the supersoft tire. Most of the drivers were able to beat last year’s pole time, which shows just how much progress has been made with the latest generation of cars and wider tires. As usual for Brazil, the weather outlook remains uncertain for tomorrow, with a few drops of rain in Free Practice 2, but not enough to run on anything other than slicks.”

FREE PRACTICE 1 – TOP 3 TIMES

DRIVER TIME TIRE COMPOUND
Hamilton 1m09.202s SUPERSOFT NEW
Bottas 1m09.329s SUPERSOFT NEW
Raikkonen 1m09.744s SUPERSOFT NEW

FREE PRACTICE 2 – TOP 3 TIMES

DRIVER TIME TIRE COMPOUND
Hamilton 1m09.515s SUPERSOFT NEW
Bottas 1m09.563s SUPERSOFT NEW
Ricciardo 1m09.743s SUPERSOFT NEW

FP1 – BEST TIME BY TIRE COMPOUND

TIRE COMPOUND DRIVER TIME
MEDIUM - -
SOFT Hamilton 1m09.445s
SUPERSOFT Hamilton 1m09.202s

FP2 – BEST TIME BY TIRE COMPOUND

TIRE COMPOUND DRIVER TIME
MEDIUM - -
SOFT Hamilton 1m09.742s
SUPERSOFT Hamilton 1m09.515s

MOST LAPS BY TIRE COMPOUND SO FAR

TIRE COMPOUND DRIVER LAPS
MEDIUM Ocon, Russell 4
SOFT Massa 32
SUPERSOFT Stroll, Vettel 32

TIRE STATISTICS OF THE DAY

* The above number gives the total amount of miles driven in FP1 and FP2 today, all drivers combined.
** Per tire compound, all drivers combined.

MINIMUM PRESCRIBED TIRE PRESSURES

Minimum described tire pressures 22.5 psi (fronts) – 20.0 psi (rears)
   

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