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Summary

  1. Rosberg fastest in second practice
  2. Rossi spins, Alonso out
  3. Hamilton dominates first practice
  4. Get involved #bbcf1: your Interlagos memories

Live Reporting

By Chris Osborne

All times stated are UK

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That's it for the action in Sao Paulo today. We'll be back with online coverage of FP3 from 12:30 GMT tomorrow, with BBC Two clicking into gear at 12:55 GMT. Make sure you join us.

Make sure you check out Andrew Benson's report of the second qualifying session in the mean time.

'Things we can improve'

Mercedes's Lewis Hamilton: "I've been focusing on my programme and trying to dial in the car. I was kind of stuck with the choices I'd made from P1. The balance isn't bad but there's a few things we can improve."

Fourteenth? That's actually quite a few.

Rosberg would become the 14th driver in #F1 history to win 5 straight poles with P1 tomorrow #F1FastFact #BrazilGP

Rosberg would become the 14th driver in #F1 history to win 5 straight poles with P1 tomorrow #F1FastFact #BrazilGP

'The asphalt is crumbling'

Mercedes' Nico Rosberg: "The gap was not a true reflection because Lewis got his settings wrong. They've changed the kerbs a lot - we can't attack the kerbs like we did last year. And the asphalt is crumbling up a lot."

So what have we learned?

Here are things to take away from today's two sessions.

The Mercedes of Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton will probably be quickest in qualifying. But I guess we already knew that.

The Ferraris of Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel are off the qualifying pace, but could be competitive in the race. We knew that too, right?

And the McLaren car, which let Fernando Alonso down today, isn't that great. Did we know that? (It's a rhetorical question).

Alonso
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Nico a happy chappy

Nico Rosberg
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Nico Rosberg can be satisfied with that FP2 performance, going quicker than his team-mate Lewis Hamilton by almost half a second.

TOP TEN - END OF FP2 1 ROS 2 HAM 3 VET 4 RAI 5 RIC 6 BOT 7 GRO 8 HUL 9 KVY 10 MAS #FP2 #BrazilGP #GPBrasilF1
TOP TEN - END OF FP2 1 ROS 2 HAM 3 VET 4 RAI 5 RIC 6 BOT 7 GRO 8 HUL 9 KVY 10 MAS #FP2 #BrazilGP #GPBrasilF1
TOP TEN - END OF FP2 1 ROS 2 HAM 3 VET 4 RAI 5 RIC 6 BOT 7 GRO 8 HUL 9 KVY 10 MAS #FP2 #BrazilGP #GPBrasilF1
TOP TEN - END OF FP2 1 ROS 2 HAM 3 VET 4 RAI 5 RIC 6 BOT 7 GRO 8 HUL 9 KVY 10 MAS #FP2 #BrazilGP #GPBrasilF1

TOP TEN - END OF FP2 1 ROS 2 HAM 3 VET 4 RAI 5 RIC 6 BOT 7 GRO 8 HUL 9 KVY 10 MAS #FP2 #BrazilGP #GPBrasilF1

The chequered flag is unfurled. Time to sneak in one last lap boys.

Nico Rosberg will finish the day fastest, with a 1:12.385.

Lewis Hamilton, Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen follow. So that's hypothetically a Mercedes-Ferrari lockout in the front two rows.

But this ain't qualifying, folks, so let's see tomorrow.

Max Verstappen's Toro Rosso is tucked away into the garage. That's him done for the day.

Lewis Hamilton's stint of nine laps has been full of peaks and troughs - some near one min 16 secs, others nearer one min 22 secs. In comparison, Sebastian Vettel has been knocking out consistent one min 17s.

Yet another lock-up at Interlagos - this time it's Kvyat #FP2 #BrazilGP

Yet another lock-up at Interlagos - this time it's Kvyat #FP2 #BrazilGP

Williams have been talking about challenging Ferrari for a place on the second row of the grid. Felipe Massa is P10 and Valtteri Bottas P5. They'll need to get a shufty on tomorrow.

Eight minutes to go. Here's how they look:

ROS, HAM, VET, RAI, RIC, BOT, GRO, HUL, KVY, MAS

'My tyres are dead'

Max Verstappen nails the award for over exaggeration of the day.

"My tyres are dead," he shrieks over the radio, while driving on tyres that keep him firmly on the track.

Here's that moment Daniel Ricciardo got a bit wobbly in the pit lane earlier. A very impressive place to mess up.

Ricciardo
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Rosberg
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No need to tell us how those tyres are Nico, that spin off the track you've just done tells a story.

Actually he locks up the left front in the final turn and is into the plentiful stretch of crescent-shaped grass there.

Nico Rosberg is asked to give an update on how the tyres are doing.

He either says "they feel like chewing gum" or "I don't like doing that".

It seems to be the latter. Nico no like sharing.

jenson
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This luminous vis-spray has been a bit of a fad so far in Brazil. It looks like someone exploded Slimer from Ghostbusters.

The spray helps engineers track car performance using fancy cameras and technology.

I'd quite fancy covering myself in it for a day so they could analyse my movements.

Don't dwell on that thought.

Very few movers and shakers at the moment as teams go through their long runs. Nico Rosberg is still top of the pile, followed by Lewis Hamilton, Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen.

Daniel Ricciardo one-ups Valtteri Bottas by having a little wobble in the pit lane, immediately after coming out of the garage.

Bottas
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Plenty of cars out on track - which is useful if you're looking to simulate race laps.

There's a Williams off the track. It's Valtteri Bottas. It's a really delicate spin from the Finn, who nearly takes out a couple of seagulls in the process. He quickly asks for feedback from his team on his rear wing.

Surely it's Kimi's fault?

Bottas
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We're on to simulating race laps now, and Lewis Hamilton is told to aim for around one minute 16 seconds.

Nico Rosberg
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Nico Rosberg is heading into the pits after complaining about a difficulty with switching from second to third gear.

Actually, scratch that, he's in the pits to do a practice start. His team insist there isn't an issue. The German rattles through the gears fine.

Max Verstappen finds some oversteer and then finds the grass. He's down in 13th.

He tells his Toro Rosso team on the radio that the back end was proving difficult.

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You're all displaying tremendous sympathy for Fernando Alonso and McLaren...

#f1 this is the fastest that Alonso has gone round on this track #bbcf1

#f1 this is the fastest that Alonso has gone round on this track #bbcf1

"With the likelihood that my car will go bang, I've decided to watch Sunday's race from here..." #bbcf1 #BrazilGP twitter.com/bbcf1/status/6…

#f1 this is the fastest that Alonso has gone round on this track #bbcf1

#f1 this is the fastest that Alonso has gone round on this track #bbcf1

Andrew Benson

Chief F1 writer at Interlagos

BBC Sport’s chief F1 writer Andrew Benson at Interlagos: “Continuing on the theme of Ferrari and young drivers, Michael Schumacher’s son Mick spent two days in Monza last week testing with the Prema Formula Three team, who run drivers from the Ferrari Driver Academy.

"Schumacher will run with Prema in European F3 next year, but is not - yet at least - an official member of the FDA. Mick also visited Maranello, although apparently this was only because he wanted to see the room where his father had spent so much time during his career with the team.

"While there, Schumacher bumped into team boss Maurizio Arrivabene as he was leaving the famous Cavallino restaurant by the factory, as one was on his way in and the other on the way out, and they had a chat. It’s clearly one to watch, although those close to Schumacher’s season in Formula 4 this year say he has not yet proved to be anything out of the ordinary as an ambitious young driver.”

And Nico Rosberg is not messing around. He's straight out there with the quickest lap of the weekend - 1:12.385. Almost half a second quicker than Lewis Hamilton's best.

FP2 is go, go, go again. Fernando Alonso won't be part of it, mind. We have 48 minutes to go.

Fernando Alone-so

Alonso
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Poor Fernando. This is the slump of a man who's desolate. I almost expect him to start thrashing his McLaren with a tree branch.

Basil Fawlty
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Basil Fawlty or Fernando Alonso?

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Cruel Amy. Funny. But cruel.

Also funny.

To be fair, a fire is probably the best thing for that McLaren . . #bbcf1 #BrazilGP @bbcf1

A worry for Fernando Alonso. His McLaren puffs out a few guffs of smoke as he changes gear and there's even a lick of flame.

He's told to pull over and the red flag comes out.

Now the Spaniard is sat on a barrier like a weekday shopper waiting for a bus.

alonso
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Valtteri Bottas goes quickest in the session on the soft option. The Finn clocks 1:13.603, which is still not faster than Lewis Hamilton's top run in FP1 and just 0.031 quicker than Hamilton in this session.

Valtteri Bottas, currently sixth, is on track and is the first man today to use the soft tyres. Let's see how his new kicks affect his times.

Expect more to follow suit and the times to drop.

The pressure of having the whole of Interlagos to himself might have got to Romain a bit.

Romain Grosjean locks up with the track to himself #FP2 #BrazilGP #GPBrasilF1
Romain Grosjean locks up with the track to himself #FP2 #BrazilGP #GPBrasilF1

Romain Grosjean locks up with the track to himself #FP2 #BrazilGP #GPBrasilF1

Poor old Romain Grosjean. He's the only fella on the track at the moment.

Oh wait, here comes Fernando Alonso. He is told the rain should not be issue across the team radio.

We've got just over an hour of FP2 to go.

Andrew Benson

Chief F1 writer at Interlagos

“On the subject of interest from other teams in Red Bull drivers, Daniel Ricciardo is under contract until the end of 2018 and Max Verstappen until the end of 2017. 

"Red Bull team principal Christian Horner said: 'It’s testimony to the Red Bull junior programme that investing in young talent and giving these guys a chance, like Max and before him Daniel Ricciardo, Kvyat, Sebastian Vettel, are all youngsters that have been given the opportunity.

"If you think back to Sebastian Vettel, BMW didn’t take up that opportunity with him, and Red Bull has put its neck out and supported young talent and Max Verstappen and Carlos Sainz are extremely promising and prodigious young talents.

"Of course having invested in them, I’m not going to go into the details of what their contractual status is, but rival teams are speaking to the wrong people if they’re talking to the driver because the driver has a contract. As with all the junior drivers, they’re all Red Bull Racing drivers and currently (Verstappen) is on loan to Toro Rosso, as is Carlos Sainz, and Daniil Kvyat and Daniel Ricciardo before them’.” 

Lewis Hamilton goes quickest in the session with a 1:13.634 as the rain falls steadily, but unthreateningly. I don't think unthreateningly is a word but I'm going with it.

Just as Lewis goes quickest, Daniil Kvyat is telling his Red Bull team that the track is getting too wet through sectors two and three to go quickly. Kvyat then goes and clocks his fastest lap to go fifth.

Felipe Massa has come out with a bit more poise. He's up to eighth and is staying on the grey stuff.

masaa
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Andrew Benson

Chief F1 writer at Interlagos

“There is going to be an internal reshuffle at Ferrari over the winter. Former Mercedes engineer Jock Clear was signed by them last winter, but has been unable to join all season because of contractual restrictions. He will start in January, in a role that will be given a title that reflect his position as head of engineering but he will be de facto number two at the track to technical director James Allison. 

“Already there are rumours emerging from the team that 2016 will be Kimi Raikkonen’s last season. The name at the top of the list to replace him? Again, as last summer, it is Daniel Ricciardo. But of course Sebastian Vettel is not keen on that after the Australian beat him at Red Bull in 2014. Ferrari are very pleased with Vettel so far and so that means they are may well focus on Max Verstappen instead, although they are looking around and keeping their eyes open at the moment, with plenty of time to make a decision.”