It was a short Friday practice for Kubica

Mark Scott
Robert Kubica won't use the Pirelli tyres as a cheap excuse for his and Williams' poor 2019.

Robert Kubica won't use the Pirelli tyres as a cheap excuse for his and Williams' poor 2019.

Robert Kubica was back in the Williams for FP2 at the Brazilian GP, but it didn’t take long for him to put it in the wall.

Here is how the first day of practice unfolded at Interlagos…

The drivers were treated to absolutely dreadful conditions on Friday morning with heavy rain turning Interlagos into a swimming pool rather than a race circuit.

We thought Toto Wolff would be missing the Brazilian Grand Prix weekend, but it turns out he did show up after all…

Lance Stroll’s face did a good job summing up the mood in Sao Paulo, but it wasn’t all doom and gloom. There was track action at least.

Lance Stroll
Lance Stroll

The track was dry enough for slick tyres to be fitted in the final five minutes of the session, but was it really? Max Verstappen was the first to spin out and then team-mate Alex Albon found the wall, bringing the session to an abrupt end.

Nicholas Latifi said he was “ready” for Formula 1 after his last FP1 outing for Williams of the season, and it didn’t take long for Robert Kubica to send the FW42 that the Canadian had handed back to him into the wall at Turn 3.

It was a heavy impact and thankfully Kubica was okay, but there was a big repair job ahead for Williams.

With 30 minutes gone in FP2 it was Ferrari on top with Sebastian Vettel ahead of Charles Leclerc.

Valtteri Bottas rather got in the way of team-mate Lewis Hamilton with the Briton narrowly avoiding his fellow Mercedes driver.

The Finn then moments after wrecked Vettel’s lap.

Pierre Gasly pulled up with a smoking Toro Rosso as FP2 entered its final 20 minutes.

Meanwhile back in the pit lane the stewards cleared Leclerc over this little incident with Bottas.

It wasn’t long before the other Toro Rosso dropped out of the session with flames coming from the back of Daniil Kvyat’s car – a mirror image of Albon’s FP1 crash.

Sadly Kvyat couldn’t copy his former team-mate in topping the session despite crashing, that honour went to Vettel. Leclerc was P2 with Verstappen just over a tenth behind.

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