Formula One: Hamilton Fastest In Opening Practice

Formula One: Hamilton fastest in opening practice

SAO PAULO, (Pakistan Point News - APP - 11th Nov, 2016 ) : Lewis Hamilton topped the times to take the early initiative in Friday morning's first practice for this weekend's Brazilian Grand Prix as his Mercedes team-mate, championship leader Nico Rosberg, was third. The 31-year-old Briton, who is seeking to stop his German team-mate from winning Sunday's race and clinching his maiden drivers' title, was in dominant form as he clocked a best time of one minute and 11.

895 seconds at Interlagos. Dutch teenager Max Verstappen was second for Red Bull, just 0.096 seconds adrift of the Englishman's time, with Rosberg third two-tenths of a second down on Hamilton. On a clear, dry and straightforward day of preliminary action at the Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace, Rosberg appeared content to complete his programme of preparation for a contest in which he will become champion if he wins without any drama. Australian Daniel Ricciardo was fourth fastest 0.4 seconds down in the second Red Bull ahead of Finn Valtteri Bottas of Williams and Mexican Sergio Perez of Force India. Bottas was 1.2 seconds down on Hamilton. German Nico Hulkenberg was seventh in the second Force India ahead of retirement-bound local hero Brazilian Felipe Massa, in the second Williams, four-time champion German Sebastian Vettel and his Ferrari team-mate Finn Kimi Raikkonen.