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Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen evenly matched during the first practice session of the Brazilian GP

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Just like a week ago in Mexico, Formula 1 will return to the Interlagos circuit for the Brazilian GP this weekend after two years of ‘Corona break’. The always passionate Brazilian fans were present in large numbers but were not presented with really brilliant weather.

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The Interlagos circuit, which roughly translates as ‘between two lakes’, has been the site of spectacular qualifying or races on several occasions in the past. Weather conditions often played a special role in this.

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Lewis Hamilton, like title rival Max Verstappen, drives in Brazil with a special helmet. Hamilton of course has the Brazilian colors as well as a tribute to his idol Ayrton Senna on his helmet.

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His new helmet clearly inspired him as Lewis Hamilton stepped on the accelerator hard during the first practice session and set a time that was a handful of thousandths faster than Max Verstappen.

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In the end Hamilton was also the fastest at the end of the session, ahead of Verstappen, Sergio Perez and teammate Valtteri Bottas. It was also the only practice session in preparation for the qualifying, which will start at 8 pm Belgian time. After all, Brazil also uses an alternative format with qualifying on Friday and a sprint race on Saturday.

1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:09.050s 31

2 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1:09.417s + 0.367s 22

3 Sergio Pérez Red Bull 1: 09.492s + 0.442s 28

4 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:09.567s + 0.517s 30

5 Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri 1:09.880s + 0.830s 32

6 Carlos Sainz Ferrari 1: 10.124s + 1.074s 31

7 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1: 10.142s + 1.092s 32

8 Esteban Ocon Alpine 1:10.145s + 1.095s 27

9 Fernando Alonso Alpine 1:10.201s + 1.151s 26

10 Lance Stroll Aston Martin 1:10.352s + 1.302s 27

11 Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri 1: 10.374s + 1.324s 33

12 Sebastian Vettel Aston Martin 1:10.413s + 1.363s 28

13 Kimi Räikkönen Alfa Romeo 1:10.443h + 1.393h 31

14 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo 1: 10.587s + 1.537s 31

15 Lando Norris McLaren 1: 10.610s + 1.560s 27

16 Mick Schumacher Haas 1:10.885s + 1.835s 27

17 Nicholas Latifi Williams 1:10.902s + 1.852s 23

18 George Russell Williams 1:10.938s + 1.888s 24

19 Daniel Ricciardo McLaren 1:10.990s + 1.940s 25

20 Nikita Mazepin Haas 1:11.342s + 2.292s 28

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(F1journaal.be)

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