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Reigning F1 world champion Lewis Hamilton post new lap record in opening practice session for Brazilian Grand Prix.

The Brit’s 1m09.202s would be enough to beat his teammate Valtteri Bottas, who made second fastest lap-time, also the champions Mercedes duo focusing on super-soft race simulation in the session.

Ferrari speedy Kimi Raikkonen set third fastest but half a second behind on Hamilton’s benchmark, and just 0.006s clear head of fourth-placed Max Verstappen – the winner of Mexican Grand Prix.

The second Red Bull ace Daniel Ricciardo edged Sebastian Vettel for fifth, the German’s FP1 run punctuated by an early spin at the Turn 9 left-hander.

A highly motivated the local hero Felipe Massa, who recently declared his retirement from Formula 1 at the end of the season, was seventh for Williams F1, and the last driver to lap within a second of Hamilton.

Stoffel Vandoorne, finally in possession of McLaren’s upgraded front wing, outpaced team-mate Fernando Alonso, with the pair – in eighth and 10th – split by Force India speedy Esteban Ocon.

Again, chaotic situation in the Toro Rosso when the rookie Brendon Hartley parked it with an apparent engine failure – another Renault power-unit gone up in smoke. The Kiwi was already set for a grid drop after his demise in the Mexican GP.

Also, his team mate Pierre Gasly was once again unfortunate of crucial mileage, with an MGU-H problems keeping him beached in the garage for the most part of the morning session.

Both Toro Rosso drivers, along with Red Bull speedy Daniel Ricciardo, were already facing a 10-place grid penalty for taking on new MGU-Hs.


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