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F1: Charles Leclerc, Pierre Gasly fast with new teams

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Day 2

Charles Leclerc’s tenure with Ferrari got off to a good start in Day 2 of a Pirelli tire test in Abu Dhabi.  Pierre Gasly was second fastest with his new Red Bull team.

Leclerc’s time of 1.36:450 was the fastest of the two days and notably quicker than Gasly’s 1.37:916. Both times were recorded with next year’s hypersoft tires.

Lance Stroll, Valtteri Bottas and Carlos Sainz Jr. rounded out the top five.

Testing instead of Daniel Ricciardo, Artem Markelov (1.38:590) landed sixth on the chart but not before spinning in the morning.

Testing for Toro Rosso, Daniil Kyvat recorded the most laps at 155.

From Formula1.com

Day 1

Day 1 of testing featured Sebastian Vettel (1.36:812) at the top of the charts over Bottas (1.37:231).

Third-best Stroll joined Bottas as the only two drivers to post top-five times in both sessions.

Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez rounded out the top five.

Before posting his fast time, Vettel spun off course at Turn 1 around the three hour mark. He contacted the wall, but was able to drive back to the pits under his own power.

Pietro Fittipaldi caused another stoppage during the morning when his car Haas F1 stalled on track with an oil leak.

George Russell (1.39:512) turned 42 laps in his new Williams ride and finished 10th on the chart.

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Red Bull driver Verstappen wins Formula One’s Brazilian GP

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Red Bull’s Max Verstappen won Formula One’s Brazilian Grand Prix on Sunday for his eighth career victory in a race which ended disastrously for both Ferrari drivers.

Verstappen controlled nearly all the race at Interlagos, which saw a dramatic late collision between Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc when they fought for the fourth position. Both failed to finish.

Toro Rosso’s Pierre Gasly got his first F1 podium after finishing second ahead of six-time F1 champion Lewis Hamilton. The Mercedes driver was third but faces an investigation after an incident that caused Red Bull’s Alexander Albon to spin.

Hamilton, who won at Interlagos in 2018, said Verstappen was “just quicker than us on the straights” and “there was nothing more we could do.”

Dutch driver Verstappen said “Lewis was very quick so I had to keep pushing… we had two good moves with him, and from there onward I could control the race.”

McLaren’s Carlos Sainz was fourth, and could be promoted to third if Hamilton is punished.

The Brazilian GP on Sunday was the penultimate race of the season, with only Abu Dhabi left on Dec.1.

Hamilton had already secured the season title in the previous race in the United States. His Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas, who did not finish the race, had also secured the runner-up spot.