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By Chris Osborne

All times stated are UK

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  1. Post update

    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.

  2. '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."

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    Fourteenth? That's actually quite a few.

  4. '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."

  5. 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
  6. Nico a happy chappy

    Nico Rosberg

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

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    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.

  10. Post update

    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.

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    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.

  13. Post update

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

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

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  15. '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.

  16. Post update

    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

    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.

  18. Post update

    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.

  19. Post update

    jenson

    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.

  20. Post update

    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.

  21. Post update

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

  22. Post update

    Bottas

    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
  23. Post update

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

  24. Post update

    Nico Rosberg

    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.

  25. Post update

    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...

  27. Post update

    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.”

  28. Post update

    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.

  29. Post update

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

  30. Fernando Alone-so

    Alonso

    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
    Image caption: Basil Fawlty or Fernando Alonso?
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    alonso

    Cruel Amy. Funny. But cruel.

    Also funny.

  32. Post update

    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
  33. Post update

    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.

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    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.

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

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    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.

  37. Post update

    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’.” 

  38. Post update

    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.

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    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.”

  41. Kimi's lunch

    Speaking of Kimi, this is what he had for lunch. I never had him down as an avocado man.

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    "I have no grip in the tyres," Kimi Raikkonen tells his Ferrari team. Miraculously he's on the track though - either he's a magician or he's milking it a bit.

    That was something both Williams drivers were chatting about earlier today, as was Jenson Button.

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    Nico Rosberg goes quickest in this session - but his 1:13.793 is still marginally behind his team-mate Lewis Hamilton's effort earlier today.

  44. Team radio

    Romain Grosjean: "Brakes are not working."

    On the list of things you don't want to find out while driving at 100mph - this is very near the top. Possibly second to, "I think something's on fire".

  45. Post update

    Andrew Benson

    Chief F1 writer

    Fernando Alonso

    “Fernando Alonso has run into difficulties with his new-spec Honda engine in both the last two races - losing a fifth place in Austin when one lost power and retiring on lap one in Mexico with a problem with the other.

    "But he says both have been sorted out and can be used in Brazil and Mexico. ‘I can use the same engine so it will not be a penalty - I hope,’ he said. Don’t expect too much from McLaren, though - Alonso says all focus is now on development for 2016.

    "Perhaps surprisingly, though, Alonso did reveal that the Honda will be able to get to the end of the long Interlagos main straight without running out of hybrid boost, a problem on the longer straights. This, Alonso said, should be enough for him and Jenson Button to ‘fight with other cars’.”

  46. FP2 starts

    Here we go then. Will the rain hold off? Will Lewis Hamilton stay top of the pile? Will Felipe Massa continue to drive all over the place in an attempt to entertain the masses? Let's hope so.

  47. 'I knew nothing about it'

    Jolyon palmer

    Jolyon Palmer was given a drive in FP1 by Lotus. He's been talking about almost taking out Jenson Button in the pit lane.

    "I knew nothing about it," he says. He adds that his engineer could not be expected to see Button coming out of his garage so quickly.

    A great way for the young Briton to introduce himself to F1 though.

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    In 1991, Ayrton Senna won in Brazil while stuck in gear and with a stiff shoulder.

    In 2015, Lewis Hamilton goes for the win after suffering with a fever and driving his super car into parked vehicles.

    They're like peas in a pod.

  49. Post update

    The rain is coming down now. Although, this being Sao Paolo, that could change again any second.

  50. What and when

    Hamilton

    What are your plans this weekend? If you're not spending it in my company I'll be mortally offended.

    Here are the times you need to know - I expect you to join us. I'll bring cake and everything.

    Friday

    16:00 GMT - FP2

    Saturday

    13:00 GMT - FP3

    16:00 GMT - Qualifying

    Sunday

    16:00 GMT - Race

  51. Post update

    Andrew Benson

    Chief F1 writer at Interlagos

    “It has rained on and off in the break between first and second practice and I can tell you, having walked up to the commentary box, that it is properly humid here at the moment. The track is bone dry but how long will it stay that way?”

  52. Watch now on BBC Two

    Flick on BBC Two my friends. There is live F1 awaiting you.

    It's also online and you can find the video right here on this very page.

  53. Get Involved - your Brazil GP memories

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    Button

    These heady days seem so long ago for Jenson Button, who secured the 2009 title in Brazil.

    Tell us about your favourite memories from the Brazil GP using #bbcf1.

  54. Weather worry?

    There could be storms, but nobody wants a repeat of Texas again. 

    Here's the weather for the rest of the day. Sao Paulo is two hours behind British time, which means FP2 might just miss the thunder.

    Weather
  55. FP1 results

    Here are the magic numbers from the earlier session..

    FP1 results
  56. Hamilton the man to beat

    Lewis Hamilton

    Welcome back. We're fine tuning our engines ahead of today's second practice at Interlagos.

    Lewis Hamilton was out in front after FP1 - half a second quicker than team-mate Nico Rosberg.

    Hamilton has never won in Brazil from six finishes remember. In fact it's Rosberg who has recent history in his favour, winning from pole last year.

  57. We'll be back in Brazil

    That's it for FP1 - Lewis Hamilton looks like he's shaken off a bit of a tricky week.

    Have a read of Andrew Benson's report from the session and then rejoin us from 15:30 GMT for FP2.

  58. Get Involved

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    Brazil 2003

    A bonkers race this. Too much to go into - but the picture of the podium was not exactly how the result turned out.

  59. Post update

    Williams's head of performance engineering Rob Smedley has described that as "quite a good session for us".

    He also hopes Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas can be battling with Ferrari for a place on the second row.

    Smedders
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    Brazil's two-time world champion Emerson Fittipaldi is wearing those shades like an absolute boss.  

    Mr Cool tells the BBC about the importance of racing in the region: "We have to keep Latin America on the map of grand prix racing."

    He finishes the interview by getting a bit handsy with our presenter Lee McKenzie. Possibly a bit too handsy...

    Emerson FitipaldI
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  62. P1 finishes

    The chequered flag comes out as the final laps are finished.

    Lewis Hamilton is top with a 1:13.543. He's the only man to go under one minute 14 secs.

    After that Nico Rosberg and Sebastian Vettel have barely anything between them, then Daniel Ricciardo and Kimi Raikkonen make up the top five.

  63. Post update

    That pit-lane near-miss aside, it's not been a bad session for Jolyon Palmer, who is 12th and less than two tenths of a second down on team-mate Pastor Maldonado.  

    PALMER
  64. Post update

    Kimi Raikkonen is storming towards the paddock - he's not angry, he just storms everywhere. His first practice is over while Ferrari check on the car following his meeting with the gravel.

    Lewis Hamilton still leads from Nico Rosberg, Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo.

    Kimi
  65. Post update

    Britain's Jolyon Palmer, who has a seat for Lotus next year, is having a run out for his team today. He almost gets in a right pickle as his team send him out of the garage right into the path of Jenson Button in the pit-lane. Jenson avoids a collision, but is not a happy bunny.  

    Palmer button
    Button
  66. Post update

    Red Bull might need more than this little trinket this weekend...

    RedBull
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    Kimi

    An odd one for Kimi Raikkonen. He seems to be having few problems until the back end kicks out and sends him off track.

    Let's just blame Valtteri Bottas...

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    Williams have acknowledged their grip issues. To be fair, they do tend to take it easy in first practice...

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    Massa

    It's actually been a frustrating run for Felipe Massa. Who has wobbled and wiggled his way around Interlagos for the most part today. There will be a conversation with his Williams engineers, one would have thought. He's almost two seconds down on Lewis Hamilton, just a year after finishing on the podium here 12 months ago.

  70. Post update

    With 16 minutes left, there are a handful of drivers on track. Both of the Brazilians are there - the Felipe's of Massa and Nasr. The latter is down in 18th, while Massa is just two places higher.

    Nasr
  71. Get Involved - your Brazil GP memories

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  72. 'Clutch feels weird'

    Now Lewis Hamilton is on the radio, telling his team the clutch feels "weird". He describes feeling a vibration.

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    Here's Hamilton's brush with the run-off. It's got the feel of a practice putting green - maybe the Mercedes man wanted to work on his short game?

    Hamilton lock up wide
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    Hamilton

    We're back to how were about 10 minutes ago, with Lewis Hamilton on top with a 1:13.543. It's an odd few laps for the world champion.

    He sets the quickest time, then takes it easy and then locks up and flies into the run-off on turn one.

    There are 25 minutes remaining.

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    Speaking of Nico Rosberg, he could have Rubens Barrichello's lap record in his sights this weekend. These times are under the current layout, before anybody tells me I'm being a plonker.

    Barrichello Interlagos record
  76. Post update

    Andrew Benson

    Chief F1 writer at Interlagos

    “Red Bull are using here the updated Renault engine that has been promised for some time. Don’t expect a major step forward, though. Daniel Ricciardo says it is worth ‘between one tenth (of a second) and two.

    "If they say between one and two tenths it is probably more like a tenth. The plan is for the Australian to use it on Friday and then for the team to make a call on Friday evening on whether to continue with it and/or put it in team-mate Daniil Kvyat’s car for the weekend.”

  77. Post update

    Maybe it was actually super glue on Nico's car? He's just set the fastest lap at 1:140.090. That puts him ahead of Sebastian Vettel, who had briefly gone top.

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    fLO VIS

    Nico Rosberg is back on track and he's doing it with a bit of gloopy liquid on his car nose. It looks like PVA glue - that awesome sticky stuff you used at school - but it's actually so the team can see the air direction on track.

    The German is on the radio: "I've got massive understeer."

  79. Post update

    A couple of decent laps for Kimi Raikkonen and Max Verstappen have moved them to third and fourth respectively. That knocks Sebastian Vettel down to fifth.

    Red Bull chief Christian Horner has just been waxing lyrical about Verstappen, suggesting he does not see the Toro Rosso man leaving the Red Bull system.

  80. Red Bull's future

    Christian Horner on his team's future in F1 and their ongoing pursuit of a new engine supplier: "We’re homing in on something. Hopefully I’ll be able to tell you something in the not too distant future."

    I feel we've heard that same sentence for at least the last five races...

    Horner's back
  81. Post update

    Valtteri Bottas has been speaking about his ongoing battle with fellow Finn Kimi Raikkonen. The pair are fourth and fifth respectively in the standings - but have also got a bit physical on track at Russia and Mexico.

    "There's no need to say anything," says Bottas after being asked if he's spoken to Kimi.

    Ferrari
  82. Post update

    Andrew Benson

    Chief F1 writer at Interlagos

    “Sebastian Vettel’s honest and earthy assessment of his own error-strewn performance at the last race in Mexico - he used a deprecatory swear word to describe his driving - caused a lot of interest when the German arrived here. 

    "Vettel himself was non-plussed. ‘I don’t think I was very self-critical,’ he said. ‘I was just honest. Sometimes the team makes mistakes, sometimes I do. I don’t understand the avalanche because if I make a mistake it is wrong to blame something else if it’s not true.’

    "His target here and in Abu Dhabi in a fortnight’s time, he said, was to try to wrest second place in the championship back from Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg.”    

  83. Post update

    Vettel

    The wires coming out of Sebastian Vettel's head explain the German's dominance in the early part of the decade - he's a robot.

    Vettel is third in FP1 so far, 0.614 off Lewis Hamilton.

  84. Post update

    It's quiet on track while the engineers tinker and fiddle, with 50 minutes of FP1 remaining. That gives Felipe Massa a few moments to chat with his family.  

    Massa and family
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    Senna in 91

    Ayrton Senna's first win at home. Magic.

    Give us your memories using #bbcf1.

  86. Messy Massa

    The excitement of racing in front of his compatriots might have got to Felipe Massa a tad.

    He has a wobble across the Tarmac and complains about a lack of grip.

    The next thing you know he's riding the kerb like a rodeo king. Settle down Felipe.

    mASSA
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    Andrew Benson

    Chief F1 writer at Interlagos

    “And a similar story at McLaren. Jenson Button does a 1:16.563 and then 1:16.067 on his first two flying laps. Then Fernando Alonso does his first and pops in a 1:15.920. As is so often the case, Hamilton and Alonso right down to the limit on lap one, others needing a little more time. That’s what people mean when they talk about the ‘natural talent’ of those drivers."

  88. Post update

    Lewis Hamilton goes even quicker with a 1:14.451, just 0.021 seconds ahead of team-mate Nico Rosberg.

    Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo are in third and fourth.

    Ferrari
  89. Post update

    Andrew Benson

    Chief F1 writer at Interlagos

    “There’s a statement of intent. Nico Rosberg opens with a one minute 15.940 and then a 1:15.564. Then Hamilton bangs in a 1:15.102 on his first lap. He really means this one, the world champion."

  90. Post update

    A change at the top in terms of driver, but not in terms of team. Lewis Hamilton clocks a 1:15.102, two hundredths of a second quicker than Nico Rosberg.

  91. Get Involved - your Brazil memories

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    Hamilton

    This will probably prove a popular one.

    Lewis Hamilton's heroics in the final corners secured him the world championship at the expense of hometown hero Felipe Massa, who won the race on the day.

    What are you stand-out Brazil GP memories?

    Use #bbcf1 or text us (UK only) on 81111

  92. Post update

    We're getting some times in.

    Max Verstappen has registered a 1:16.157, while Carlos Sainz has a 1:18.261.

    And here comes Nico Rosberg...

    1:15.940 - so no surprises that the German is quickest.

  93. Hamilton's hump

    Here's the nose of Lewis Hamilton's Mercedes, complete with new fancy air duct.

    Hamilton
  94. Get Involved

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    This made me chuckle. Kimi Raikkonen's contraption to measure resistance could be interpreted as many different things. Possibly a device to prevent another collision with Valtteri Bottas?

  95. Post update

    We're getting a close look at Lewis Hamilton's car in the garage, which has a new fancy duct on the front. It will experiment with some airflow options.

    Meanwhile, Felipe Massa is in the cockpit and ready to take to his home track. Big weekend for the Brazilian.

  96. 'Wanting pole for different reasons'

    Andrew Benson

    Chief F1 writer at Interlagos

    “Has Lewis Hamilton hit a little hump in the road in this otherwise brilliant season? Yes, he has won three of the last four races and clinched the title on the way, but Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg has been on pole for all of them.

    "It has been a strange turnaround in form after Hamilton took 11 poles in the first 12 races and that run was the foundation of his championship success. Hamilton said he was not worried about it, that he did not see it as a run of form, just a series of separate situations.

    "Rosberg added: ‘I don’t know if it’s a trend or isolated incidents.’ That’s in public, though. Both men will want pole for very different reasons this weekend.”

  97. First practice starts

    Kimi Raikkonen is one of the drivers on the track to get the action under way at Interlagos. He has what looks like a bunch of coat hangers attached to the back of his Ferrari - they're to measure air resistance, apparently.

  98. Watch live

    We're live on the tellybox folks. Catch first practice on BBC Two or right here on the BBC Sport website.

  99. Get Involved - your Brazil memories

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    2012 highlights

    It's one of the first races you look for on the calendar, isn't it?

    The Brazil GP rarely fails to deliver. In fact, has it ever failed to deliver?

    What are your best memories of the Brazil GP?

    Let us know using #bbcf1 on Twitter or texting us (UK only) on 81111.

    To get you started, let us remind you of this thriller in 2012, when Sebastian Vettel made it three titles on the bounce.

  100. Feeling the heat?

    Keep an eye on the mercury folks. It could sizzle in Sao Paolo, and that could test the tyres.

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  102. What's happening when?

    Tyres

    Here's the rundown of what will be occurring over this weekend. Make sure you do all your important stuff in between these times:

    Friday

    12:00 GMT - FP1

    16:00 GMT - FP2

    Saturday

    13:00 GMT - FP3

    16:00 GMT - Qualifying

    Sunday

    16:00 GMT - Race

  103. 'Pride is an important thing'

    Andrew Benson

    Chief F1 writer at Interlagos

    “Think the championships being decided means there is nothing left in this Formula 1 season? Think again. The two Mercedes drivers might only be racing for pride by now, but pride is important and Lewis Hamilton has a run of four consecutive poles by Nico Rosberg to stop this weekend. Has Hamilton been affected by his road accident on Monday night - on the details of which he and Mercedes are being very coy? What will Red Bull do for engines next year, and how will the new Renault engine they are running this weekend affect that decision? Up and down the pit lane there are stories to tell and intrigue to uncover. As always. And all at one of the great F1 venues.”

  104. Ain't about the ch-ch-ching ch-ching

    Jessie J

    If you have no idea what I'm talking about, then you've probably not read this story.

    I mean, it could happen to anyone. Win three world titles, get Jessie J to play at your mum's birthday, party all night and drive your £1.6m super car into a parked vehicle. It's the every man's problem.

    In fact, to quote the great Miss J: "Got your shades on your eyes. And your heels so high. That you can't even have a good time."

    We feel your pain, Lewis.

    Lewis Hamilton
  105. They call me mellow yellow...

    ...quite rightly

    Lewis Hamilton

    Yellow. Synonymous with the festival feel of Brazil.

    Also, it's a calming colour, right?

    Maybe just the sort of relaxing influence poor Lewis Hamilton needs after the week he's had.

    He, and the rest of the F1 field, will be taking to first practice in Sao Paulo at 12:00 GMT. All of them will be trying really hard to not drive into any stationary vehicles.