Lewis Hamilton was fastest during the first practice session beating his Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg ahead of this weekends Brazilian Grand Prix.
The world champion was half a second faster than his team-mate making up for a difficult week off track after crashing his road car in the early hours of Tuesday and illness. Team-mate Rosberg was .1 of a second faster than his rival for second place in the championship Sebastian Vettel.
Vettel’s former team-mate Daniel Ricciardo separated him from his current one Kimi Raikkonen with a strong fourth place at circuit which on paper shouldn’t play to their advantage. However, Red Bull may have had their power defect reduced because of the high altitude in Sua Paulo.
But it wasn’t all plain sailing for the Englishman has he had few minor issues. Vettel and Rosberg traded times in the latter part of the session along with Hamilton.
It wasn’t plane sailing for Raikkonen either he made some mistakes going off the circuit during the session. Max Verstappen also made some errors was eightieth fastest ahead of the Force India of Nico Hulkenberg.
Ricciardo’s strong performance may have been aided by the upgraded engine. While team-mate Daniil Kyvat was sixth ahead of the Williams of Valtteri Bottas and Toro Rosso’s Max Verstappen.
Louts’s Pastor Maldonado was tenth fastest with his recently announced 2016 team-mate Jolyon Palmer twelfth fastest with the pair separated by the Toro Rosso of Carlos Sainz eleventh fastest.