Brazilian GP practice: Lewis Hamilton leads Nico Rosberg in F1 FP2

Lewis Hamilton edged out Mercedes Formula 1 team-mate Nico Rosberg to finish quickest in second practice for the Brazilian Grand Prix

Brazilian GP practice: Lewis Hamilton leads Nico Rosberg in F1 FP2

The reigning world champion clocked a 1m12.271s on the soft tyre to finish 0.030s clear of title rival Rosberg, who can win the title with victory at Interlagos on Sunday.

Williams provided the strongest challenge, with Valtteri Bottas half a second off the pace in the third, a few thousandths clear of team-mate Felipe Massa.

The medium compound was the tyre of choice early in the session, with Hamilton outpacing his team-mate by 0.198s on those runs.

When the pair fitted the softs for their qualifying simulation around the halfway point of the session, Rosberg briefly went quickest only to be usurped by Hamilton.

Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo was fifth quickest, 0.557s off the pace, a tenth ahead of team-mate Max Verstappen.

The Ferraris of Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen were seventh and eighth respectively, seven tenths off the pace with Nico Hulkenberg one second adrift of Hamilton in ninth.

Jenson Button completed the top 10, but his session ended early with just 19 laps on the board.

His McLaren team-mate Fernando Alonso also struggled, with his session ending prematurely when he was told to stop on track because the team had found a data anomaly in the ERS water pressure.

The Spaniard, who achieved the 11th quickest time, was restricted to just 18 laps.

Rather than heading back to the garage, Alonso took control of one of the trackside cameras, with some of the footage being used in the FOM broadcast.

It came a year after he sat in a deckchair after his McLaren ground to a halt in Q1, with pictures creating a social media sensation.

Daniil Kvyat outpaced his Toro Rosso team-mate Carlos Sainz by just over a tenth of a second to finish 12th quickest.

The Spaniard went wheel-to-wheel with Raikkonen through the infield early in the session, with the latter then cutting across the Toro Rosso on the main straight as he dived for the pits.

The stewards will investigate the incident after the session.

Romain Grosjean had a frustrating afternoon, complaining of having no power and then reporting that "something is wrong, very strange" as he went through Turn 1.

BRAZILIAN GP FP2 TIMES

Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m12.271s - 41
2 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m12.301s 0.030s 40
3 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1m12.761s 0.490s 47
4 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m12.789s 0.518s 43
5 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m12.828s 0.557s 43
6 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Renault 1m12.928s 0.657s 45
7 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m13.002s 0.731s 45
8 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m13.047s 0.776s 24
9 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1m13.299s 1.028s 42
10 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 1m13.440s 1.169s 19
11 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1m13.572s 1.301s 18
12 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso/Ferrari 1m13.689s 1.418s 46
13 Carlos Sainz Jr. Toro Rosso/Ferrari 1m13.801s 1.530s 47
14 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m13.918s 1.647s 38
15 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 1m14.074s 1.803s 35
16 Kevin Magnussen Renault 1m14.109s 1.838s 47
17 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari 1m14.309s 2.038s 40
18 Esteban Ocon Manor/Mercedes 1m14.317s 2.046s 46
19 Jolyon Palmer Renault 1m14.436s 2.165s 43
20 Esteban Gutierrez Haas/Ferrari 1m14.558s 2.287s 42
21 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m14.695s 2.424s 21
22 Pascal Wehrlein Manor/Mercedes 1m14.958s 2.687s 22


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