After a mixed condition first day of the Brazilian Grand Prix, the favourites to take pole position and even the race win are, once again, Ferrari. In the morning session, the rain appeared a little bit and the teams tried on the intermediate tyres or even in the full wet, however, the rain stopped and the track dry up so the Ferraris set their best times on the soft tyres. Sebastian Vettel set a lap time of 1:17.041 and he finished on P3, while his team-mate, Charles Leclerc, finished on P4 with a time of 1:17.285. In the evening session, Ferrari achieved a 1-2 finished with the German driver on P1 and Charles Leclerc behind him. The Monegasque set a lap time of 1:09.238 and his team-mate was 0.021 seconds faster than him. Here are some statements that Charles did after both sessions.
“Overall, it was a positive day for us. Our qualifying pace looks good, while we do have some work ahead of us to improve our race pace. I am glad that I had the chance to get some more practice driving in wet conditions today and pushed to go out on track as soon as possible in FP1.” Said the Monegasque.
“Although these conditions were not really representative, as it should be quite a bit warmer tomorrow and on Sunday, it was good to see that our pace was there. I think there is some room for improvement, and we will work on that tonight. We will head into qualifying knowing that I will be taking a grid penalty, but this changes nothing for me in terms of my approach. I will still push to the maximum and aim to secure the best starting position possible.”
As the Ferrari driver said, the Italian cars seem to be very competitive in this track but there will be only one Ferrari fighting for pole position as Charles is going to be given a grid penalty. However, Leclerc is pretty good making up places so he might be a threat for the drivers that start in a high position.