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Brazilian GP: Massa encouraging 7th in FP1

By Andrew Hooper
November 10 2017

The opening Friday practice for the 2017 Brazilian GP would see the Williams Martini team finish with their drivers in 7th and 11th. Felipe Massa would finish ahead of team-mate Lance Stroll with both drivers setting their quickest times on the super soft tyre. Lance would spend a considerable longer time on the track as he comes to grips with the Interlagos circuit. Overall and encouraging start to the weekend.

 Williams Martini Brazilian GP Friday 1st Practice

Team Summary:
Both Team drivers would use the medium tyre for their installation laps and after their first runs the Williams drivers would be third and ninth with Felipe Massa ahead of his team-mate Lance Stroll. But it should be noted that Felipe was behind the two Mercedes who had set their times on the soft tyre. The Williams drivers initial runs were on the super soft tyre with Felipe's first run seeing him complete nine laps. For Lance he would spend longer on the track as he aimed to come to grips with learning this Interlagos circuit. He would complete sixteen laps prior to pitting. Both drivers would continue on the super soft tyre for their second run with Felipe dropping to seventh as the session continued. Lance would drop to eleventh as he continued his longer runs on the super soft tyre.

With the end of the session Felipe had completed twenty eight laps and Lance forty two. As far as the times with the end of the session it was Hamilton quickest with a 1m:09.202 followed by Bottas, Raikkonen, Verstappen, Ricciardo, and Vettel. Felipe's quickest time was a 1m:10.102 and Lance a 1m:10.632, 0.5 behind his team-mate. The session was an encouraging one for the Williams team with Felipe well inside the top ten and Lance just a few tenths outside.

Pos Driver Car Gap Laps
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m09.202s 36
2 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 0.127s 43
3 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 0.542s 32
4 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Renault 0.548s 31
5 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 0.626s 38
6 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 0.782s 32
7 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 0.900s 28
8 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren/Honda 1.200s 26
9 Esteban Ocon Force India/Mercedes 1.252s 36
10 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1.274s 24
11 Lance Stroll Williams/Mercedes 1.430s 42
12 George Russell Force India/Mercedes 1.845s 29
13 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 1.986s 29
14 Kevin Magnussen Haas/Ferrari 2.261s 30
15 Carlos Sainz Renault 2.265s 32
16 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 2.406s 35
17 Charles Leclerc Sauber/Ferrari 2.600s 32
18 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 2.696s 28
19 Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso/Renault 4.832s 5
20 Brendon Hartley Toro Rosso/Renault - 2

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