Though rain was forecast for later in the weekend, the Brazilian Grand Prix commenced with clear skies, a dry track and hot temperatures - plus a Red Bull versus McLaren battle.
It was Mark Webber who came out on top for the champion team, his 1m13.811s lap edging out McLaren's Jenson Button by 0.014s.
Lewis Hamilton was next up, with Sebastian Vettel fourth - and neither of them were overwhelmingly happy with their cars. The Ferraris completed the top six, Felipe Massa faster than a frowning Fernando Alonso, who had various issues culminating in an engine failure in the closing minutes of the session.
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Matt Beer started freelancing for Autosport.com in the first week of its existence in 1999, and spent the next decade-and-a-half dovetailing increasing amounts of time contributing to it with UK national reporting, driver and team PR, freelance for organisations including ITV, BMW, Autocourse and the FIA Institute and a parallel career co-managing award-winning Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatres.
He stopped being stubborn and became Autosport.com's deputy editor in April 2014. Matt also oversees Haymarket's talent development programme for emerging motorsport writers and escapes to cover Formula Ford 1600 races whenever possible.
Edd Straw is Editor-in-Chief of Autosport, overseeing both print and digital versions of the brand. Edd has worked for Autosport since joining as a junior reporter in 2002. He became Editor in November 2014, having previously worked as National Editor, News Editor and Grand Prix Editor.
Originally from Guernsey in the Channel Islands, he joined Autosport shortly after graduating from university. He went on to cover a wide range of categories from club motorsport to the World Touring Car Championship and Le Mans to Formula 3 before switching to F1 full-time at the 2008 French Grand Prix. He continues to cover a range of international events in his position as Editor-in-Chief.
In his spare time, he was formerly a club racer whose abilities did not match his enthusiasm in a variety of categories.