Bot­tas edges Hamil­ton in Brazil­ian GP prac­tice

Daily Times (Primos, PA) - - SPORTS -

SAO PAULO >> Valt­teri Bot­tas and Lewis Hamil­ton set the pace in prac­tice for the Brazil­ian Grand Prix on Fri­day, keep­ing Mercedes with the edge in the fight for the For­mula One con­struc­tors’ cham­pi­onship.

Bot­tas edged his Mercedes team­mate on a warmer In­ter­la­gos track than the ex­pected for the rest of the week­end. The Fin­nish driver had a lap of 1 minute, 08.846 sec­onds in the sec­ond prac­tice ses­sion at the Sao Paulo cir­cuit, with world cham­pion Hamil­ton only 0.003 sec­onds be­hind.

Fer­rari’s Se­bas­tian Vet­tel fin­ished third, 0.073 sec­onds from Bot­tas. The Red Bulls of Daniel Ric­cia­rdo and Max Ver­stap­pen ended in fourth and fifth places, re­spec­tively, and Vet­tel’s team­mate Kimi Raikko­nen was sixth.

Mercedes leads Fer­rari in the con­struc­tor’s cham­pi­onship by 55 points.

Bot­tas could not say what made the small dif­fer­ence be­tween him and five­time cham­pion Hamil­ton. He in­sisted the two Mercedes will have to im­prove to se­cure the con­struc­tors’ ti­tle.

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