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Fernando Alonso surprises Brazil GP last practice session

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The Brazilian GP is one of three race weekends this season in which Formula 1 is experimenting with a separate format in which qualifying takes place after just one practice session on Friday. On Saturday we will have a second practice session, followed by a sprint race later today.

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Yesterday Lewis Hamilton was fastest in qualifying ahead of Max Verstappen, but the real commotion only started after qualifying. After all, the stewards started an investigation into a violation of the technical regulations at Hamilton’s rear wing.

Remarkably, that investigation was still unfinished by the start of the second practice session and Hamilton’s rear wing of his Mercedes F1 car had still not been released. Mercedes was allowed to replace the rear wing with one of the same specification under the parc fermé conditions.

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In addition, there was also an investigation into Max Verstappen who would have touched the rear wing of Lewis Hamilton after qualifying, something that would not be allowed strictly speaking, on the other hand it has happened in the past that a driver after a qualifying or race touches another car.

The second practice session itself, like during the other race weekends in which the format of the sprint race was experimented with, was fairly unnecessary. The teams mainly did long runs in preparation for the sprint race and the race on Sunday.

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In the end it was Fernando Alonso who surprisingly set the fastest time, ahead of Max Verstappen and Valtteri Bottas. Lewis Hamilton eventually finished fifth.

However, it is mainly looking forward to the decision of the stewards about the investigations into title rivals Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen. After all, the decision will largely determine the further course of the race weekend in Brazil.

01 Fernando Alonso Alpine 1:11.238 23

02 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1:12.102 26

03 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1: 12.355 24

04 Esteban Ocon Alpine 1:12.407 26

05 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:12.741 25

06 Sergio Pérez Red Bull 1: 12.903 29

07 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo 1: 12.997 37

08 Carlos Sainz Ferrari 1: 13.078 31

09 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1: 13.099 33

10 Kimi Räikkönen Alfa Romeo 1: 13.355 39

11 Lance Stroll Aston Martin 1:13.426 41

12 Daniel Ricciardo McLaren 1: 13.448 25

13 Lando Norris McLaren 1: 13.581 23

14 Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri 1:13.608 32

15 George Russell Williams 1:13.615 24

16 Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri 1: 13.726 38

17 Sebastian Vettel Aston Martin 1:13.747 42

18 Nicholas Latifi Williams 1:14.025 24

19 Mick Schumacher Haas 1:14.066 40

20 Nikita Mazepin Haas 1:14.909 37

More F1 news:Bad news for Lewis Hamilton: ‘Mercedes engine will continue to decline in power’VIDEO: Max Verstappen checks Hamilton’s Mercedes F1 car after qualifyingRed Bull: Lewis Hamilton’s grid penalty won’t change anything for usF1 driver responds to ‘leaked’ video: “I wasn’t kicked out of a nightclub”F1 presents new look to promote ‘world’s most efficient engine’

(F1journaal.be)

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