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Hamilton, Mercedes stay on top in Brazil through second F1 practice

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Lewis Hamilton led Mercedes to another one-two finish in second Formula 1 practice for the Brazilian Grand Prix on Friday afternoon as rival teams Ferrari and Red Bull struggled to put up a fight at the front of the field.

Hamilton headed up a one-two for Mercedes in FP1 at Interlagos earlier in the day, and repeated the feat by once again setting the pace through second practice.

A best lap of 1:09.515 handed Hamilton P1 at the checkered flag on Friday afternoon, with Bottas finishing four-hundredths of a second adrift in second place.

Daniel Ricciardo was left to lead the charge of the chasing pack for Red Bull, finishing two-tenths of a second adrift in FP2, while Sebastian Vettel was the leading Ferrari in fourth place.

Max Verstappen and Kimi Raikkonen trailed their respective teammates at Red Bull and Ferrari, finishing fifth and sixth as Esteban Ocon ended FP2 as the top midfielder in P7 for Force India.

Felipe Massa took eighth in his final Friday appearance on home soil in F1, giving Williams hope of mixing it at the front of the midfield in Brazil, while Nico Hulkenberg and Fernando Alonso completed the top 10 for Renault and McLaren.

F1 practice continues in Brazil on Saturday with FP3 on the NBC Sports app from 8am ET.

Verstappen doesn’t want F1 season to end after recent run of form

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Max Verstappen says he is not ready for the 2017 Formula 1 season to come to an end after enjoying a run of strong form through the closing stages of the campaign.

Verstappen endured a rocky run of form through to the end of the European season that saw him suffer a number of reliability issues and score just a single podium finish, taking third in China back in April.

However, the Dutchman has rallied to score more points than any other driver in the last five races, including victories in Malaysia and Mexico, as well as a podium finish in Japan.

Verstappen heads into next weekend’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix chasing a third win of the year to sign off, but joked he does not want the season to end just as he’s got into a good groove.

“We will, of course, try and end the season with a strong result in Abu Dhabi,” Verstappen said. “Last year was actually quite a good race after skipping a pit stop following a spin at Turn 1, it was hard to manage the tires to the end of the race but we did it and finished fourth.

“I would say that my favorite part of the track is at Turns 2 and 3, the fast left, right. It’s also very cool driving underneath the hotel and racing in the darkness with all the lights.

“The final sector at Yas Marina is actually quite technical so you have to be really precise there, but it should also be our strongest part of the track.

“There are quite a few overtaking opportunities to make the race interesting, before the long straight at the hairpin and then at the end of the straight under braking for the next chicane section.

“Abu Dhabi is the last race on the calendar, but I don’t actually want the season to end. I’m really fired up at the moment and I just want to keep going.

“The nice thing will be to spend some time with friends and family over the winter break and then I will look ahead to January and get back into training before it all starts again.”