2015 F1

Hamilton launches warning shot to Rosberg by topping in P1

Hamilton launches warning shot to Rosberg by topping in P1

Hamilton launches warning shot to Rosberg by topping in P1

2015 Formula 1 Brazilian Grand Prix first free practice: Lewis Hamilton launched his bid for a first Brazilian GP victory by topping the way in the Friday free practice session at Interlagos.

The Brit involved in a road car accident earlier this week at Monaco and reached in Brazil a day later than original schedule, Hamilton showed few signs of rustiness as he easily gapped the field.

Mercedes was testing some aerodynamic tweaks on its dominant machine especially S-Duct, and resulted Hamilton was 0.519s clear of Rosberg by the end of the session, it’s a huge gap over such a short circuit.

Sebastian Vettel was third fastest and 0.625s off Hamilton’s pace, while Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo, who is running the new-specification Renault engine, and Kimi Raikkonen completing the top five.

Kimi had a big spin in the final part of the session following lost control at Turn 4 and jump his way through the stony-gravel, fortunately his Ferrari not damaged seriously.

The local heroes didn’t impressed their home crowd: Williams’ Felipe Massa was 17th, behind Sauber’s Felipe Nasr, 14th.

Rosberg beat Hamilton for top podium last year and is now coming off a victory in Mexico two weeks ago as he seeks to hold off Vettel for second place overall. Rosberg is 21 points ahead of the fellow-German with two races left and will clinch the runner-up spot if he wins Sunday.

Hamilton has already clinched the 2015 title but he wants top podium in Sao Paulo on his ninth attempt.

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