The Sunday Guardian - - Sports -

SAO PAULO: Fin­nish Mer­cedes driver Valt­teri Bot­tas was slightly quicker than British team­mate Lewis Hamil­ton in Fri­day’s sec­ond free prac­tice ses­sion ahead of the Brazil­ian Grand Prix, the penul­ti­mate race of the 2018 For­mula One sea­son. In his fastest lap of the 90-minute FP2, Bot­tas cov­ered the 4.309-kilo­me­ter Au­to­dromo Jose Car­los Pace cir­cuit in one minute and 8.846 sec­onds, re­ports Efe. Hamil­ton, who clinched his fifth F1 driv­ers’ ti­tle two weeks ago at the Mex­i­can Grand Prix, clocked in with a best lap of 1:08.849. Bot­tas and Hamil­ton are ex­pected to clinch a fifth con­sec­u­tive con­struc­tors’ ti­tle for Mer­cedes (585 points) this week­end. Se­bas­tian Vet­tel and Kimi Raikko­nen, who drive for Fer­rari (530 points), need to gar­ner at least 13 points more than their Mer­cedes coun­ter­parts on Sun­day to keep the con­struc­tors’ race alive un­til the sea­son’s fi­nal race, the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, on Novem­ber 25.

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