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SALO PAULO (AP) – Waltiri Botas and Lewis Hamilton set the pace for Brazil's Grand Prix on Friday, while keeping Mercedes in the lead in the Formula One championship.

Butas crossed his Mercedes teammate on Interlagos route more hot than expected for the rest of the weekend. The Finnish driver was on the lap of 1 minute, 08.846 seconds in the second practice session in the Sao Paulo circuit, with the world champion Hamilton just 0.003 seconds behind.

Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel finished third, 0.073 seconds from Bottas. Red Bulls by Daniel Rich and Max and Verstapen finished fourth and fifth respectively, and Wat's friend Keamy Raikkonen was sixth.

Mercedes leads Ferrari in the constructors' championship with 55 points.

Butas could not say what made the little difference between him and Hamilton five times champion. He insisted that the two Mercedes would have to improve the name of the builders.

"We can not feel satisfied going to the hotel tonight, everyone will work," said Botas, currently fourth drivers championship. "This is a short path, so the gap (for improvement) is small."

Mercedes Vltari Botas, from Finland, drives his car during the first free practice at the Interlagos Racecourse in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Friday, November 9, 2018. (AP Photo / Nelson Antoine)

Mercedes Vltari Botas, from Finland, drives his car during the first free practice at the Interlagos Racecourse in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Friday, November 9, 2018. (AP Photo / Nelson Antoine)

Mercedes Vltari Botas, from Finland, drives his car during the first free practice at the Interlagos Racecourse in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Friday, November 9, 2018. (AP Photo / Nelson Antoine)

Hamilton said he expects the biggest challenge coming from Ferrari, not Red Bull. He said "the car feels better than in Mexico", where he promised the title two weeks ago.

"We went through everything we had," he said. "We just have to keep working on it."

And Tal said his performance was disturbed by a bolt that fell between his legs during the afternoon session. "We found it at the end!" Said the champion four times. "We still need to improve the car because it does not feel good yet, if we get the balance in the window tomorrow, then it can be tight (against Mercedes)."

The German driver is under pressure to show good performances in Brazil and at the end of the Abu Dhabi season after a series of errors that put him out of the dispute over the title.

Verstapen of Red Bull led the first actual meeting on Friday, with Vettel and Hamilton close behind.

Jaredo, who was fourth in all meetings, received a five-point netting after Red Bull had to change his turbocharger for the sixth time this season.

The Australian driver, who was on the pole position in Mexico, also started back because of penalties in Italy and Russia.

"It sounds really simple and stupid, but bad luck is really the best term I can use," Ricardo said.

The second session was stopped after nine minutes, because Renault's Nico Holconberg had entered the front end. The German driver was not hurt, but the car was badly damaged.

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Mercedes Lewis Hamilton, King of England, flickers his thumbs during his first free practice at the Interlagos racetrack in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Friday, November 9, 2018. Brazil will make Formula One's Formula One race of the season. Sunday. (AP Photo / Andre Pener)

Mercedes Lewis Hamilton, King of England, flickers his thumbs during his first free practice at the Interlagos racetrack in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Friday, November 9, 2018. Brazil will make Formula One's Formula One race of the season. Sunday. (AP Photo / Andre Pener)

Mercedes Lewis Hamilton, King of England, flickers his thumbs during his first free practice at the Interlagos racetrack in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Friday, November 9, 2018. Brazil will make Formula One's Formula One race of the season. Sunday. (AP Photo / Andre Pener)

Mercedes-Benz driver Lewis Hamilton is driving his car in front of Hess driver Kevin Magnusen from Denmark during the first free practice at the Interlagos racetrack in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Friday, November 9, 2018. (AP / Nelson Antoine)

Mercedes-Benz driver Lewis Hamilton is driving his car in front of Hess driver Kevin Magnusen from Denmark during the first free practice at the Interlagos racetrack in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Friday, November 9, 2018. (AP / Nelson Antoine)

Mercedes-Benz driver Lewis Hamilton is driving his car in front of Hess driver Kevin Magnusen from Denmark during the first free practice at the Interlagos racetrack in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Friday, November 9, 2018. (AP / Nelson Antoine)

German driver Nico Holkenberg's Renault car was removed from the tracks after it crashed during the second free practice at the Interlagos racetrack in Sao Paulo, Brazil on Friday, November 9, 2018. Brazil will play the penultimate Formula One Grand Prix on Sunday. (AP Photo / Andre Pener)

German driver Nico Holkenberg's Renault car was removed from the tracks after it crashed during the second free practice at the Interlagos racetrack in Sao Paulo, Brazil on Friday, November 9, 2018. Brazil will play the penultimate Formula One Grand Prix on Sunday. (AP Photo / Andre Pener)

German driver Nico Holkenberg's Renault car was removed from the tracks after it crashed during the second free practice at the Interlagos racetrack in Sao Paulo, Brazil on Friday, November 9, 2018. Brazil will play the penultimate Formula One Grand Prix on Sunday. (AP Photo / Andre Pener)

Mercedes-Benz driver Lewis Hamilton is driving his car during his second free practice at the Interlagos racetrack in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on Friday, November 9, 2018. Brazil will play the Formula One pre-final Formula One Grand Prix on Sunday. (AP Photo / Andre Pener)

Mercedes-Benz driver Lewis Hamilton is driving his car during his second free practice at the Interlagos racetrack in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on Friday, November 9, 2018. Brazil will play the Formula One pre-final Formula One Grand Prix on Sunday. (AP Photo / Andre Pener)

Mercedes-Benz driver Lewis Hamilton is driving his car during his second free practice at the Interlagos racetrack in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on Friday, November 9, 2018. Brazil will play the Formula One pre-final Formula One Grand Prix on Sunday. (AP Photo / Andre Pener)

Mercedes-Benz Lewis Hamilton, King of Great Britain, braces hard during the second free-race training Interlagos in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Friday, 9 November 2018. Brazil will stage the first passenger of Formula One Grand Prix of the season of the season on Sunday. (AP Photo / Andre Pener)

Mercedes-Benz Lewis Hamilton, King of Great Britain, braces hard during the second free-race training Interlagos in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Friday, 9 November 2018. Brazil will stage the first passenger of Formula One Grand Prix of the season of the season on Sunday. (AP Photo / Andre Pener)

Mercedes-Benz Lewis Hamilton, King of Great Britain, braces hard during the second free-race training Interlagos in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Friday, 9 November 2018. Brazil will stage the first passenger of Formula One Grand Prix of the season of the season on Sunday. (AP Photo / Andre Pener)

Marcel Voltiri Botas, from Finland, leaves his car after the second free practice at the Interlagos racetrack in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Friday, November 9, 2018. (AP Photo / Nelson Antoine)

Marcel Voltiri Botas, from Finland, leaves his car after the second free practice at the Interlagos racetrack in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Friday, November 9, 2018. (AP Photo / Nelson Antoine)

Marcel Voltiri Botas, from Finland, leaves his car after the second free practice at the Interlagos racetrack in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Friday, November 9, 2018. (AP Photo / Nelson Antoine)

Mercedes Vtari Botas, Finland, enters the pit lane after the second free practice at the Interlagos racetrack in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Friday, November 9, 2018. (AP / Nelson Antoine)

Mercedes Vtari Botas, Finland, enters the pit lane after the second free practice at the Interlagos racetrack in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Friday, November 9, 2018. (AP / Nelson Antoine)

Mercedes Vtari Botas, Finland, enters the pit lane after the second free practice at the Interlagos racetrack in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Friday, November 9, 2018. (AP / Nelson Antoine)

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