Lewis Hamilton: Mercedes driver makes prediction for Brazilian Grand Prix

Hamilton leads Mercedes 1-2 in Brazil

Mercedes Valtteri Bottas, of Finland, steers his vehicle during the first free practice at the Interlagos race track in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Friday, Nov. 10, 2017.

Sebastian Vettel feels Mercedes will "tough to beat" in this weekend's Brazilian Grand Prix despite initial hopes Ferrari's Formula 1 vehicle would be stronger and able to take the fight to Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas.

Romain Grosjean spun during the session on route to 14th, ahead of Toro Rosso pair Pierre Gasly and Brendon Hartley, who are both set for hefty engine penalties this weekend after failures in FP1.

Far from taking his foot off the gas following the successful pursuit of his fourth F1 world championship, Lewis Hamilton showed that he is still keen to keep chasing top spot in both practice sessions on day on at Interlagos. McLaren has struggled at Brazil in its troubled time with Honda and the Interlagos circuit has provided two of the more iconic images of the partnership - Alonso relaxing in a deckchair in 2015 and then doubling up as a trackside cameraman previous year, both after engine failures.

"Unfortunately the tyres don't last very long so you only get one or two laps on the short runs. We're in a decent position but I think it could be quite close".




Mercedes have clinched the constructors' championship for a fourth successive year and experimented with processes and parts for 2018.

Hamilton, who accused Renault's Nico Hulkenberg over the radio of unsafe driving in forcing him wide onto the runoff in the morning, was half a second faster than Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen before lunch.

His 20-year-old Dutch team mate Max Verstappen, victor of two of the last four races, was fourth and fifth on the respective timesheets. Max Verstappen set a near-identical time to the Finn, closely followed by Red Bull team mate Daniel Ricciardo - who has a 10-place grid drop looming - and the second Ferrari of Sebastian Vettel. "There are still two races to go!" he added.

"I think the track was in pretty good shape and I think car-wise we can fine tune the balance and that should help us get the pace up for qualifying and the race".

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