Alexander Albon set the fastest time on Friday in the first free practice for the Grand Prix of Brazil. Max Verstappen didn't let time go by on the soaked Autódromo José Carlos Pace.
The 23-year-old Albon came to a time of 1.16.142 on behalf of Red Bull Racing. The Thai teammate of Verstappen was more than half a second faster than Valtteri Bottas, who achieved the second time in his Mercedes.
Ferrari drivers Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc set the third and fourth time respectively. Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton, who secured his sixth world title two weeks ago, didn't have time.
Due to the rain during the first part of the training, the drivers hardly took action. Verstappen only drove a number of installation laps. In the last lap he got off the track, but he could continue his way.
Shortly thereafter, the training ended a little earlier than planned due to a crash by Albon. He pushed off the track as the straight came up and landed in the tire stack.
Later on Friday, the drivers will come into action in the second free practice session, which starts at 7 p.m. Dutch time.