The shorter length of the path Interlagos and its features have allowed Red Bull dream of throwing the gauntlet to Mercedes for a return, as could intuír in the first session of free in the that Max Verstappen could only be overcome by Lewis Hamilton. The second, however, was rather less encouraging, and the Mercedes pulled muscle, especially on long runs.
Still, Red Bull has been maintained at all times ahead of their main rivals, the Ferrari, but in these second free practice session, both cars have finished behind the two cars Williams, a team that already had not been for these challenges after the slight decline that has seen it fall to fifth place in the constructors’.
Daniel Ricciardo led the efforts of Red Bull in the second session, but his 1:12.828 was less than half a tenth off the best time of Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa. The australian pointed to the track conditions as the primary causes of your lower rate in the long run, and is confident that a drop in temperatures will benefit you.
“The pace compared to Mercedes and Ferrari is normal. Williams is a surprise. It’s good to have another team up there, it will help the Sunday there is more competition if it keeps well. Of course, we will try to improve what we could have done today, but tomorrow will be another story.”
“I Feel that we have not been as strong at the end of long runs, but once the track is cool, will be completely different. The rain would be great, a little change would be fun. If it gets colder tomorrow and Sunday, should be better for the tires. Today the track had a lot of temperature, and I noticed that the tyres were going through a bad time.”
Right behind ended Verstappen, who could not emulate his great lap of the morning session, but was lowered to 1:13. The pilot Dutch lamented the changes made between the two sessions did not come to fruition: “The free 1 went fine, but in Free practice 2 we made some changes and were not fantastic. We managed to fix it, and in the long run all was well again. Mercedes is too strong, and we’re behind them”