Published on 09 November 2018 by Stefan Meens

In the second free practice session of the Brazilian Grand Prix, Max had to settle for limited track time. The Dutchman’s RB14 suffered an oil leak, which prevented the Aston Martin Red Bull Racing driver fom participating in the first half of FP1. Once the team fixed the issue, Max set the fifth quickest time of the session. Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas was fastest.

“From the start I was happy with the car, which I proved with the fastest lap in FP1. The balance of the car is good”, explains Max. “It’s a shame I missed out on track time at the start of the second session. It meant I had to go through my programme quicker. I also had some traffic on my run on the super-softs, so it wasn’t an ideal session.”

Previewing Saturday, Max remains realistic: “I don’t think we can fight for pole, but the car runs well. And the despite the fact we can improve on some things, I’m happy with our long run pace.”

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Results second free practice Brazil:

pos driver team time gap laps
1 Valtteri Bottas BOT Mercedes 1:08.846 48
2 Lewis Hamilton HAM Mercedes 1:08.849 +0.003s 43
3 Sebastian Vettel VET Ferrari 1:08.919 +0.073s 42
4 Daniel Ricciardo RIC Red Bull Racing TAG Heuer 1:09.164 +0.318s 44
5 Max Verstappen VER Red Bull Racing TAG Heuer 1:09.339 +0.493s 28
6 Kimi Räikkönen RAI Ferrari 1:09.412 +0.566s 42
7 Romain Grosjean GRO Haas Ferrari 1:09.769 +0.923s 44
8 Charles Leclerc LEC Sauber Ferrari 1:09.943 +1.097s 44
9 Kevin Magnussen MAG Haas Ferrari 1:10.007 +1.161s 39
10 Esteban Ocon OCO Force India Mercedes 1:10.159 +1.313s 45
11 Sergio Perez PER Force India Mercedes 1:10.320 +1.474s 23
12 Pierre Gasly GAS Scuderia Toro Rosso Honda 1:10.330 +1.484s 44
13 Fernando Alonso ALO McLaren Renault 1:10.332 +1.486s 36
14 Carlos Sainz SAI Renault 1:10.458 +1.612s 48
15 Marcus Ericsson ERI Sauber Ferrari 1:10.532 +1.686s 44
16 Sergey Sirotkin SIR Williams Mercedes 1:10.569 +1.723s 46
17 Stoffel Vandoorne VAN McLaren Renault 1:10.596 +1.750s 26
18 Lance Stroll STR Williams Mercedes 1:10.662 +1.816s 44
19 Brendon Hartley HAR Scuderia Toro Rosso Honda 1:10.734 +1.888s 46
20 Nico Hulkenberg HUL Renault 1:11.674 +2.828s 6