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Hugely impressive showings by the McLaren duo - thanks for joining us and we'll be back tomorrow afternoon for the race. Rain is forecast, so anything can yet happen... See you then!

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Webber qualifies third, Vettel fourth - but Fernando Alonso is down in eighth. He's been outqualified by Massa to the tune of three places, with Maldonado and Hulkenburg between them. Raikkonen ninth and Rosberg 10th.

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HAMILTON GRABS POLE POSITION! He comes in with a 1:12.458, Vettel can only come third a few moments later, and then Jenson Button comes through less than six hundredths behind Hamilton to lock out the front row for McLaren!

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Alonso only fifth - Hamilton set for the quickest lap though! He's ahead into the final sector...

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WEBBER HAS NAILED IT! A 1:12.581, but everyone else is out on the track with a chance to beat him, and the clock down.

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Webber 0.238 up into the final sector...

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Last few seconds, and Mark Webber has nailed the start of his final flying lap...

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Hamilton quickest so far, then Button, Webber, Hulkenburg, Massa. Alonso seventh, Vettel eighth so far...

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Button and Vettel come out at the exact same moment, Button is right in front of Vettel - and he could scupper Vettel's qualifying very easily!

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Vettel is back into the garage - driving over kerbs and grass he's no doubt worried about having trashed those tyres. Safest to come in and change em.

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Alonso into the pits for fresh tyres and a touch more fuel for a second go at it.

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Great lap from Button - it's a 1:12.980 and he's second, and with Vettel going well wide half-way through his first flying lap he clocks only a 1:13.9.

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Alonso in now with a 1:13.258, Webber follows up moments later with a 1:13.070...

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Hamilton gets his first flying lap in - and it's a 1:2.850, a stunning lap that might actually be a good call for pole!

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Lewis Hamilton is now out on the track too, while Rosberg's opening lap of 1:22.398 would be beaten comfortably by Miss Daisy.

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Vettel once again praying in the car - visualising the perfect lap in his head - and the covers are off his tyres now.

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Nico Rosberg is the only man out so far in Q3 - he'll post the time for everyone to chase here.

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Q3 gets under way, in what are now perfect conditions.

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Pastor Maldonado was sixth in Q2, but he's driven through a red light directing him towards the weighbridge. Yet to see if he is penalised.

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Something crazy has happened to the weather - those dark clouds have changed direction all of a sudden, and Interlagos is now bathed in sunshine.

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The Ferraris through, but they look like they are struggling badly for pace - Alonso locked up wheels badly in his final lap as he tried to find a few more tenths. Vettel ends up quickest in Q2.

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Alonso and Massa both safe! Schumacher and Senna are the last two cars who have a chance of knocking them out of Q2 but they can't make it happen.

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Rosberg trumps Alonso! Alonso down to ninth!

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Alonso doesn't improve his time - six cars still out who can beat him.

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Final few moments, and Michael Schumacher is currently 13th and seemingly on his way out of Q2.

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Button cool as a rain-soaked intermediate tyre: his first lap is a 1:13.5, and he's sitting pretty in third.

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Vettel trumps Hamilton with an easy 1:13.209 - Alonso tries to better his earlier time and gets in with a 1:13.918. He's only eighth now, and it's not guaranteed that the Ferraris will make it through the knock-out...

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Drivers now pouring out onto the track - including Button at last, though the McLaren man is still the only man yet to set a time in Q2.

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Hamilton looks pure class as he slices almost a second off Alonso's best time so far - a 1:13.398 that is finally down to where we saw practice times. They'll go a lot lower again in Q3.

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Here comes Alonso, back out, but Button still in the garage and yet to set a Q2 time.

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Strange moments as the rest of the field enters the pits, leaving the two Red Bulls and Hamilton all on their own on the track.

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The covers are now coming off the Red Bull tyre covers, and both Vettel and Webber are now out on the circuit.

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Alonso and Massa are quickest so far with 1:14.288 and 1:14.524, with Schumacher down in sixth so far. Here comes Lewis Hamilton, who has looked perhaps the best of the drivers so far this weekend with great practice showings.

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Bit odd: Vettel is sitting in his car apparently praying, eyes closed and looking solemn. No doubt channelling something before he heads out. Hope he doesn't doze off and miss the session.

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Michael Schumacher is out on what is his final ever qualifying session in F1 - well, probably.

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Nico Hulkenberg puts in a good lap to go second so far and comes straight back into the pits.

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It's a 1:14.631 from Alonso to go top of the timesheets for the moment - the McLarens both remain in the pits as the Red Bulls have.

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Fernando Alonso is the first of the big names to come out in Q2, with the Red Bulls so far sitting in the pits.

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Q2 begins, and the sky looks ridiculously dark and gloomy. No more rain just yet - the satellite says rain is not quite imminent - but really feels like it will happen before the end of qualifying.

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Grosjean had never before been knocked out of Q1 in his entire life in Formula One. Vitaly Petrov, Heikki Kovalainen, Timo Glock, Charles Pic, Narain Karthikeyan and Pedro de la Rosa join him in going out.

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Hamilton ends up fastest in Q3, with Senna standing between him and Button and Vettel. Alonso safely through in 10th.

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Time's up - last few cars out on the track, but Grosjean looks to have made it back into the top 17 as he crosses the line... but not! Just enough time for Daniel Ricciardo to nip ahead of him, and the Lotus driver misses out on Q2! That's the big shock so far - all the other big names safely through.

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Much better lap times now - as the session comes to an end there's a proper dry line at last.

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Senna pinches top spot briefly with the first lap in the 1:15s, but Hamilton slices round a full four tenths faster.

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Superb work by Lotus as Grosjean has a new nosecone put on and gets straight back out on the track - the Frenchman looks set to get another shot at getting through Q1.

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Grosjean and De La Rosa come together on the final turn coming into the straight! Grojean has lost a huge chunk of his nose - and sitting in 17th, he is in major danger of going out.

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Four of the drivers in danger of going out of Q1 start turning up the heat, with Di Resta, Kobayashi and Perez all posting laps in the 1:16s.

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Everyone keeping it steady at the moment, calmly trying to get into Q2...

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Alonso comes in just ahead of Hamilton with a 1:17.385, but Hamilton comes straight back at him with 1:17.346. Vettel and Button in the bottom reaches of the top 10 so far; Massa third quickest.

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The McLarens are under way now, and Lewis Hamilton's first lap out puts him at the top of the timesheets with a 1:17.772.

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Bruno Senna leads at the moment with a 1:17.8, but Alonso and Webber are both out.

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With the cool track and residual water it looks like drivers will go for a string of timed laps - the tyres will not go off over the course of half a dozen laps or so.

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Jenson Button now pulls out of the pits as well, as does Mark Webber - Fernando Alonso is preparing to get under way as well, and we hear over the radio he'll do seven laps.

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Maldonado and Vergne are now in with laps in the 1:18s, still five seconds off Q3 times, but here comes the first of the big hitters: Sebastian Vettel comes out onto the track!

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Sergio Perez almost loses it just as Senna did a few moments ago - hard to see this track drying out properly before the end of Q1...

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Vergne and Kobayashi are both in with laps in the 1:20s, but, as Bruno Senna demonstrates as he saves a spin, things are very tough out there.

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Conserving wet tyres for tomorrow's race could be critical - similar changeable weather is forecast for Sunday.

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The conditions are just not right for the medium compound tyres - Nico Hulkenberg has just been told to give it up as a bad job and come in for a change of boots.

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Kobayashi is in with a 1:22.415 to lead with ten or so times now set - that's nine secons slower than Button's leading time from FP!

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Kovalainen and Glock are involved in something of a tussle - an odd sight in Q1 - with both cars slipping about a little, particularly on the exits of corners.

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Further rain IS expected later in qualifying - "it's a matter of when", Lotus engineers have just told Raikkonen over the radio. Honestly, this could be one of those sessions when anything happens, with changing conditions making it a bit of a lottery.

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Q1 gets under way, with several cars going straight out onto the drying track trying to put in a time - the main contenders are happy to wait in the pits for the track to dry out.

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We're moments away from the start of the session, and the big news is that there was a torrential downpour half an hour ago that has turned conditions on their head.

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