Lewis Hamilton continued his strong start to the Brazilian Grand Prix weekend by heading up a one-two finish for Mercedes in the second Formula 1 practice session for the Brazilian Grand Prix on Friday afternoon.

Two weeks on from his title-clinching run in the Mexican Grand Prix, Hamilton showed few signs of slowing down at the front of the pack as he topped both practice sessions on Friday at Interlagos, leading home Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas in both FP1 and FP2.

Hamilton posted a fastest lap time of 1:09.515 to edge out Bottas by just 0.048 seconds at the top of the timesheets, with Mercedes once again enjoying an advantage over rivals Ferrari and Red Bull through the afternoon session.

Daniel Ricciardo finished third-fastest for Red Bull, finishing two-tenths back from Hamilton, while Sebastian Vettel took fourth for Ferrari after trailing by a further tenth of a second.

Max Verstappen followed in P5 in the second Red Bull ahead of Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen, with three-tenths of a second separating the two drivers.

Esteban Ocon led the midfield fight for Force India in P7, trailing Raikkonen by less than two-tenths of a second, with Williams' Felipe Massa taking eighth. Nico Hulkenberg finished ninth for Renault ahead of McLaren's Fernando Alonso, pointing towards a close fight in the F1 midfield in Brazil.

The session went by without any major incidents, with the most notable moment being an off for Marcus Ericsson in his Sauber through the middle sector. The Swede was able to get back on-track later in the session after avoiding any major damage.



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