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Free Practice 2

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We will be back tomorrow from 1pm with coverage of Free Practice Three before qualifying begins at 4pm. Thanks for joining us today.

 

Lewis Hamilton fastest then in second practice for the Brazilian Grand Prix. Vettel, Webber, Massa, Alonso, Schumacher, Rosberg, Button, Grosjean and Di Resta. That is the top 10. Hamilton winning FP1 and FP2. The 2008 world champion looks well positioned to win this race, but what will happen when the rains come? They are expected tomorrow.

1'  

Look like that is the lot for today with Hamilton, Vettel, Webber, Massa and Alonso in the leading positions.

4'  

Time ticking down as Vettel continues in the 1.20s. Red Bulls on a heavy fuel load. Hamilton very impressive in these two practice sessions today.

6'  

Felipe Massa is apparently running faster than Alonso at the moment. Obviously, different fuel loads.

8'  

Just a word on Schumacher who lies sixth just ahead of Rosberg. An impressive enough showing from Mercedes today.

10'  

Hamilton continues to revel in consistency with a repetitive run of 1.19.5s. Alonso remains in the high 1.19.9seconds. I think Hamilton may be top man after this second practice session.

12'  

Heavy rain is forecast from Saturday afteroon until Sunday which is going to make this utterly different than today. Thunderstorms also predicted.

15'  

A bit of a frantic jostle for position in these closing 15 minutes or so with everyone expect Pic - and the two HRTs obviously - jostling for position. Hamilton continues to hold sway.

17'  

Hamilton is running on a heavier fuel load and is around 5.5 seconds slower than his previous best on different tyres.

20'  

Pic has parked his Marussia on a suitable grassy spot somewhere in the track. That will do him for the day.

23'  

Massa up to fourth. His fellow Brazilian Bruno Senna down in 13th spot. Senna making his debut here. Half a second quicker than his Williams team-mate Pastor Maldonado.

26'  

Jenson Button getting some adjustments made to his McLaren in the garage. Kobayashi takes a huge jump over a kerb. Must have felt that when he came back to earth.

28'  

Vettel rips through the first sector. This is impressive pace from the German, but he can't scramble beyond Hamilton who continues to lead by 0.274 seconds.

30'  

Schumacher clambering up through the field as he docks in fourth place - 0.628 seconds behind Hamilton.

33'  

We are watching Vettel back out now. He has a clear road ahead of him and knows what he has to beat.

35'  

Alonso up to fourth - 0.581s down on Hamilton. Webber remains second tucked in behind Hamilton.

38' 

Hamilton fastest in the first and second sectors, but just lacking some pace in the third sector. He would be keen to get into the 1:13s...where we were last year.

40'  

Hamilton throws in a rip-snorting lap of 1:14.026 to move to the top of the pile as the fatest so far. Superb stuff from the British hopeful.

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Elsewhere, Ricciardo manages to pick up three-tenths of a second on the quicker tyre with a handy 1:15.902 leaving him 15th.

45'  

Vettel has recorded 21 laps which makes him the most prolific driver out there. Fernando Alonso has managed 14 with Lewis Hamilton back in getting some treatment having produced 12 laps.

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Grosjean, Alonso, Vettel, Button, Webber, Raikkonen, Rosberg and Hamilton are your leaders at the halfway point of this session.

50'  

Grosjean takes over at the top with his lap of 1:14.994. He is on the softer compound tyres. And that helps him to steer Lotus into first spot. He heads the field by 0.156 seconds.

52'  

Grosjean up to the second spot behind Vettel and Button. These positions are likely to change hands with some regularity throughout the afternoon here.

54'  

Not a huge shock but the HRTs remain in their garages which is a bit of a depressing sight.

55'  

Alonso goes quickest with a nifty lap of 1:15.150 to establish his credentials. The two world title contenders occupy first and second spot.

59'  

Vettel and Alonso return to the track as Hamilton heads for the pits. Vettel right behind Alonso.

62'  

Apparently it is going to rain on Sunday. Could be a different race than these conditions. But at the moment Vettel sits proudly at the top of the timings. Webber now up to fourth behind Vettel, Button and Alonso.

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Rosberg, Senna, Kobayashi, Raikkonen, Perez and Vergne begin to venture back out for the second bout of lapping this afternoon. Not sure how many will get close to the top men.

66'  

Sebastian Vettel ahead of Jenson Button, Fernando Alonso, Lewis Hamilton, Felipe Massa, Michael Schumacher, Mark Webber and Nico Rosberg. 0.450 seconds splits the top eight drivers.

68'  

HRT look like they have seen better days. Apparently, HRT are not bothering going out because they say it is too hot. All not well there obviously.

70'  

Vettel leads Jenson Button by 0.030 seconds with Alonso 0.018 behind him. Nothing splitting some of the big hitters in FP2.

72'  

Heikki Kovalainen is up to 18th place in the Caterham. This may be his swansong in the sport with Charles Pic confirmed to perhaps replace him next season. Who knows what will happen there.

74'  

A lap of 1:15:226 from Vettel to make himself known.

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And right on cue Vettel weighs in with his fastest time of practice to move top of the standings. All getting very tight at the top.

77'  

It is so hot to trot out there that Nico Hulkenberg has reported back to base that his rear tyres are officially 'cooking'.

80' 

The HRTs have yet to post a time in FP2. That doesn't look good for a team whose financial problems may well spell the end for them after this Grand Prix concludes on Sunday.

82'  

Webber immediately responds before Massa lowers that fastest lap time to 1:15.473.

84' 

Lewis Hamilton tops the lot with a run of 1:15.893. Vettel and Alonso side-by-side at the moment on the track. Will they be so tightly bunched on Sunday evening?

85' 

Mark Webber comes in with a lap of 1:16.000 to move ahead of Romain Grosjean and Kimi Raikkonen as these drivers get to work early on lowering those times.

87'  

First sight here of Grosjean in his Lotus. Glorious day for some driving. Or golfing. Or sunbathing. How hot will these lap times get? A fairly busy circuit at the moment. Jenson Button is on hard tyres.

90' 

We are off and running then in the second free practice session for the Brazilian GP. Alonso is in his car at the moment. Ready to go one suspects. Unless he fancies a bit more television-watching before he heads out there.

15:53 

Lewis Hamilton was fastest in the free practice session earlier today. This session should tell us more about how the drivers are adapting to conditions before the weekend begins. Read here about how Hamilton fared this morning.

15:52 

Good afternoon and welcome back to Sao Paulo for LIVE coverage of the second free practice session from the Brazilian Grand Prix.