• REPORT: Valtteri and Lewis Out in Front on Friday

Valtteri and Lewis start the penultimate race weekend of the season in Brazil by clocking the two fastest times

What Happened?

- In the first free practice session of the weekend, the drivers and teams benefited from dry conditions at the Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace.

- Lewis completed 28 laps in the first session, finishing third on the timesheets in 1:09.107 minutes (SuperSoft).

- Valtteri completed 23 laps to end the session sixth in a time of 1:09:679 minutes (SuperSoft).

- A crash involving Renault driver Nico Hülkenberg brought out the red flags at the beginning of FP2.

- Valtteri secured the best time in 1:08.846 minutes on the SuperSoft tyres after 48 laps.

- Lewis posted a time of 1:08.849 minutes (SuperSoft) after 43 laps, placing him just three-thousandths behind his team-mate.

- Free practice continues with FP3 on Saturday at 12:00 noon local time (14:00 GMT / 15:00 CET).

What Did We Learn?

"I don't think it was a particularly easy day for anyone today with a track that was giving plenty of understeer challenge on the start of the run, but where it was very easy to overheat the rear tyres as well as the run went on; everyone was wrestling with that to a degree," said Technical Director James Allison.

"We got the short-run pace good, although we think there's more to come tomorrow, and the long-run pace was there or thereabouts, but I think that we have work to do overnight - as probably do our competitors - to get the car in a place where it is going to be alright for the hotter track that is coming on Sunday."

"So lots and lots of things for us to think about overnight, just one short one-hour session tomorrow to confirm everything - and then we're off to find out whether we've made a good job of it or not."

What We're Saying

"It was a bit of a mixed day; FP2 was much better than FP1," said Valtteri.

"The morning was quite difficult, it was easy to make mistakes. I had a few lockups and aborted laps, so it was difficult to build a good rhythm. But we really improved the car for the afternoon and I managed to find a rhythm. The pace seemed to be good, but it is a short track, so the margins are small."

"There was not a lot of tyre drop-off today, but we're expecting warmer temperatures, so we will have to wait and see if that might bring about some issues."

"It looks like it might rain tomorrow, but we've had a good package in the wet all year, so I don't think that would be a big problem for us."

"It is very close between the top three teams, so we can't feel satisfied about our results today; we know everyone else is going to be working on their performance overnight, so we will have to keep pushing as well."

"It's been a relatively normal day, we got through everything we needed to," said Lewis.

"The car felt better than it did in Mexico, but we are still working our way through some issues."

"The pace doesn't seem too bad, so we just have to keep working on it and improving it. In FP2, it was quite windy and very gusty through the corners, which meant that the car was actually quite tricky to drive."

"There's rain forecasted for tomorrow, but I love driving in the rain, so that wouldn't be a problem."

"We just need to make sure that we are quick enough in the dry. It's very close between all of us at the front, but I think there's more potential in our car, so we just need to try and squeeze it out."