Published: Sun, November 11, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Brazilian GP Practice Two results: Valtteri Bottas holds off teammate Lewis Hamilton

Brazilian GP Practice Two results: Valtteri Bottas holds off teammate Lewis Hamilton

"Some of it's still a mystery, but there's a lot of areas that we've understood", Hamilton said.

"I still have a mission here and I still want to win".

FIA procedure requires drivers to be pushed on and off the weighbridge by officials in order to protect the scales, which sit under each wheel, from being damaged.

"As far as I was aware no driver behind me was on a quick lap", Hamilton said.

Lewis Hamilton has threatened to walk away from Formula One if a plan to expand the season to 25 races is confirmed.

"The team are not going to make that call", he said. "We are in the ball park but I think we can still launch forward from where we are".

"His motivation was to win the fifth title and now, and for next year, it is a personal feeling about what he wants".

Sirotkin turned sharply to his left, narrowly avoiding Hamilton's Silver Arrows, before running over the grass on the exit of Turn 11. Renault have found Interlagos' challenging final sector a tough ask this weekend, and they were unable to climb out of Q2 as Hulkenberg could only go 14th fastest, with Williams' Sirotkin finishing up bottom of the pile - although he will move up at least one spot due to Ocon's gearbox penalty.

But there has been no sign yet of a stewards' investigation and Sirotkin said he had no problem with the incident.

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"I was making sure I had the gap but then all of a sudden I saw a auto coming at high speed and I was like: 'Oh my God.

We all know to keep a gap".

Much therefore will depend upon the level of motivation that drives Hamilton in Sunday's race when he and Bottas, who grabbed pole a year ago, carry the bonus hopes of the team in their hands. Vettel's team-mate Kimi Raikkonen qualified fourth.

Ricciardo came home seventh in front of Sauber's Leclerc and Haas' Grosjean, while the sister Sauber of Ericsson made up the top ten. Toro Rosso's Brendon Hartley, who had high hopes this weekend with Honda's Spec 3 engine, also narrowly missed out (by 0.011s to be precise), while McLaren pair Fernando Alonso and Stoffel Vandoorne joined Williams' Lance Stroll in suffering the familiar fate of opening-segment elimination.

The German knocked over a cone in front of the scales and then could be seen clapping his hands for the officials to speed up the process during his weighing, as he wanted to quickly make it to the Ferrari garage to change to soft tyres in the changing conditions.

"I'm hoping this weekend we can get the vehicle into the right place, so we can fight the Red Bulls and the Ferraris, who have seemed to come back more into shooting range". He wasn't on a quick lap so I don't know what his thinking was.

"The Stewards first considered whether there was a breach of Article 29.1.a.i".

Vettel had been called to the weighbridge as he returned to the pits at the start of Q2.

Sebastian Vettel waits to take to the circuit during Friday's second practice session.

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