Brazilian GP qualifying as it happened

Text and video highlights of rain-delayed qualifying for the Brazilian GP, where Sebastian Vettel starts from pole.

23 November 2013 Last updated at 12:32

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  1. 1825: 
    Sebastian Vettel

    I'll be back tomorrow at 1430 GMT to begin building up to the final race of a long season - the Brazilian Grand Prix. We'll have coverage on BBC One, BBC Radio 5 live sports extra and online.

    Not even torrential rain and tricky conditions could stop Sebastian Vettel taking his ninth pole of the season with a stunning lap (which you can watch again here). What hope do the rest of the field have in tomorrow's race? Well plenty, I'd say.

    The German spun to the back of the field after a horrendous start at Interlagos last year. What's more the weather could play up at any time, and there are plenty of drivers fighting for their careers or hoping to go out with a bang.

    So I'll be seeing you tomorrow. Until then, it's good evening from me.

  2. 1823: 

    BBC Weather's Nick Miller says that there is a threat of rain for race day tomorrow, but they're unsure whether it will directly impact on the race. See our weather pages for a full forecast.

  3. 1818: 

    Here's Andrew Benson's qualifying report. We'll have highlights of that delayed session up on the website later today, along with all the news and best interviews from the Interlagos paddock.

  4. 1812: 

    If you're interested in how teams work out race strategies, BBC F1 technical analyst Gary Anderson explains all in this super video by BBC Learning. The teams will be working hard on those tonight with unpredictable conditions set for tomorrow's race.

  5. 1807: 

    Paul Di Resta, who qualified 12th in what may be his last race for Force India, and possibly even in F1, said he was "pretty satisfied" with his qualifying.

    "Unfortunately the first set of tyres we put on in Q2 didn't really switch on," said the Scot. "We got in and put a new set on but the conditions had already worsened.

    "But to be P12, I've only done about six laps here all weekend, I'm pretty satisfied with that. Tomorrow, if it's dry, it'll be about who's done the best work in the simulator because there's been no dry running all weekend."


    Mercedes: That's our 16th front row of the season and number 7 for @nico_rosberg.

  7. 1800: 
    Mark Webber

    Mark Webber has a lot of work to do if he is to sign-off his F1 career with victory at a track where he has triumphed twice in the last four years. The Australian starts fourth, behind Sebastian Vettel, Nico Rosberg and Fernando Alonso, and will be in desperate need of a good getaway tomorrow afternoon - something which has never been his strength...


    Ferrari's Fernando Alonso, who qualified third: "Usually we are better in the wet, so we have been waiting for a wet race, but unfortunately it came in the last race of the season. It makes a change to be so far up the grid. Obviously it was not possible to beat Seb who is too far ahead. I lost seven or eight tenths in Turn Four and I think second could have been possible, but I'm not sad with third. We have an opportunity starting so far up the front."


    Mercedes' Nico Rosberg, who starts second: "It was a good day. Everything went to plan and the whole team did a good job. We had a perfect strategy in the end on inters. It's a great place to start tomorrow, at the front of the grid."


    Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel, who starts on pole: "[The gap to second was a] big surprise, I was so happy after Q3. It was a long time for us to get out, a lot of rain after Q2 so we had to wait. If there's too much water on the track, the risk of aquaplaning is too high. We got out and I was surprised how much of the water had gone. I went straight to the intermediates and got a good lap straight away. I tried again and was close. I'm happy with both my laps. It's great in these conditions to get it all right. Very happy."

  11. 1750: 

    The top three are in position for the post-qualifying interviews, so let's hear what they have to say...

  12. 1746: 

    1) Vettel 2) Rosberg 3) Alonso 4) Webber 5) Hamilton 6) Grosjean 7) Ricciardo 8) Vergne 9) Massa 10) Hulkenberg

    11) Kovalainen 12) Di Resta 13) Bottas 14) Perez 15) Button 16) Sutil

    17) Maldonado 18) Gutierrez 19) Pic 20) Van der Garde 21) Bianchi 22) Chilton

  13. 1744: 

    Even the rain couldn't stop Sebastian Vettel taking pole position to set himself up perfectly for his tilt at a record-equalling ninth consecutive race victory.

  14. 1741: 
    Sebastian Vettel

    Sebastian Vettel takes pole position for the Brazilian Grand Prix, his ninth of the season and 45th of his career. That's also Red Bull's eight consecutive P1 slot.

  15. 1740: 

    Romain Grosjean crosses the line with the sixth fastest. Nico Rosberg improves, but it's only good enough for second. This is looking like Sebastian Vettel's pole position.

  16. 1739: 

    Fernando Alonso now moves up to second, just a fraction ahead of Nico Rosberg. He'll get another lap, too.

  17. 1739: 

    Nico Rosberg goes second, but he's one second adrift of Sebastian Vettel. His Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton goes fourth, but both will have one more lap.


    Thomas Dodd: "These kind of conditions are where F1 drivers really earn their money!"

  19. 1738: 

    Mark Webber is looking good and goes fastest by a tenth, but Red Bull team-mate Sebastian Vettel smashes that by 1.1 seconds! Brilliant stuff from the world champion.

  20. 1737: 

    Romain Grosjean is the first man out on the intermediates and he goes quickest by a second, clocking a 1:27.773.

  21. 1736: 

    Nico Rosberg's race engineer: "We're expecting rain at the end, so make sure the first lap counts."

  22. 1735: 

    Sebastian Vettel's race engineer: What do you want to do Sebastian? Vettel: "Intermediates."

  23. 1734: 

    Romain Grosjean looked like he was going to beat Sebastian Vettel's leading time, but he aborted the lap and headed in for some intermediate tyres. Nico Rosberg goes second, with Lewis Hamilton third.

  24. 1732: 

    Sebastian Vettel goes quickest, ahead of Mark Webber and Daniel Ricciardo. Ferrari tell Fernando Alonso that they think conditions will be ready for intermediates shortly.

  25. 1731: 

    Fernando Alonso, Lewis Hamilton, Nico Rosberg and Nico Hulkenberg all head out on track, too. It's still conditions for full wets but BBC F1 technical analyst Gary Anderson believes we'll see intermediates shortly.

    James Allen, BBC Radio 5 live commentator

    "Drivers will not be allowed to use the drag reduction system."

  27. 1730: 

    The final part of qualifying eventually gets under way at Interlagos. Mark Webber heads out, ahead of Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo.

  28. 1728: 

    Mark Webber drives out of the Red Bull garage with a set of full wet weather tyres. World champion Sebastian Vettel follows him out. They'll have to queue at the end of the pit lane for around two minutes.

  29. 1727: 
    Brazilian GP

    The medical car is out on track to assess the conditions. It had a bit of a moment out of Turn Four, with the rear end stepping out, but the driver did a great job to collect it.

  30. 1725: 

    Race control say the session will restart at 1730 GMT. Wahoo!


    Red Bull team principal Christian Horner: "The stoppage breaks their rhythm a bit, but they're just getting themselves together again as it looks like the session will be restarting soon."

  32. 1723: 

    The rain is easing!

  33. 1719: 

    Reach for your remotes, folks. The coverage is switching to BBC Two.

    BBC F1 chief analyst Eddie Jordan

    "We look up at the sky, we see some clearing. As soon as you look away, another cloud moves over."

  35. 1717: 
    Brazilian GP

    Sergio Perez, who crashed out of his final qualifying for McLaren, said: "I think the crash looked bigger than it was. The hit was not that big. I saw the damage to the front wing and suspension. It [the weather] was getting worse and I was trying my best to find the lap time. The car was not performing at all. I tried to risk everything I could and it ended badly."

  36. 1715: 

    Qualifying delayed by a further 10 minutes. The next update will be at 1725 GMT. Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton is out of the car and is taking off his helmet.

  37. 1711: 

    Eddie Jordan thinks Force India will run a new line-up next season with Adrian Sutil and Paul Di Resta making way for the returning Nico Hulkenberg and Sergio Perez. Here's Force India deputy team principal Bob Fernley on the situation:

    "We've got two good drivers," he said. "There has got to be compelling reasons to change them, and at the moment they're not there. That decision is for [team principal] Vijay [Mallya], and it's not one we have to take yet. There are some issues with Lotus, I think they're the key in the driver market. Once that is sorted, I think that will tumble down and we're probably the next in line."

  38. 1708: 

    We've got another delay of 10 minutes, folks. It's still tipping it down, which means still lots of standing water.

  39. 1706: 

    The season-opening Australian Grand Prix qualifying was delayed until race day because of persistent heavy rain. Will the same thing happen at the final race of the season?

    BBC F1 co-commentator David Coulthard

    "This has been the driest Formula 1 season since 1987 - well it's making up for it now!"

  41. 1703: 

    Valtteri Bottas, who qualified 13th, says that his Williams has not got the pace in wet conditions. "In Q1, you could see some dry lines on the track but in Q2, it was getting wetter," said the Finn. "We have been struggling in those conditions."

    On teaming up with Felipe Massa next season: "Looking forward to working with Felipe, he's got so much experience. It's good for the team. I've only met him once, he seems like a nice guy. There should be no problem."


    Mercedes: Significant moisture continuing to fall...

  43. 1658: 

    Qualifying has been delayed by another 10 minutes because of standing water on the track.


    McLaren's Jenson Button, who qualified 15th: "We struggled because there was so much water and we haven't run when the conditions were this bad. We've been trying to save tyres all weekend for qualifying but we made the wrong call.

    "If it's wet like this tomorrow it's a horrible race because you cant see anything. Hopefully it wont be all under the safety car."

  45. 1655: 

    Red Bull boss Christian Horner says the conditions are still too wet even for the full wet weather tyres. "The problem round here is there rivers which form across the circuit," he said. "Once the car aquaplanes, you're just a passenger. It's safety above everything."

  46. 1652: 

    It's still raining. A lot.


    Force India's Paul Di Resta, who qualified 12th: "We're satisfied with where we are at - the tyres didn't switch on when we had the conditions earlier, but we are easier on the tyres. It's treacherous around here in the wet, good luck to the guys in Q3."


    Ben Silveston: Bad luck for @SChecoPerez ! At least the crash wasn't too big of an impact!

    Shaun: Well, neither McLaren through to #Q3 then. Wonder how many thousands Perez' crash just cost McLaren?

    Edward Harris: Shame for Sergio Perez to end last qualifying for @McLarenF1 in the wall. Bad luck for @JensonButton as well.

  49. 1648: 

    Qualifying has been delayed by 10 minutes because of the conditions.


    Max Chilton, who qualified last: "It's very challenging out there. I had a big moment coming out of Turn Three, luckily got away with it, but lost too much speed down the straight. Then the next lap, it was raining too much."

  51. 1646: 

    It's absolutely tipping it down at Interlagos right now. Visibility will be appalling for the top 10 shoot-out. Full wet weather tyres will be on show, I'm sure.

  52. 1645: 

    1) Grosjean 2) Vettel 3) Alonso 4) Rosberg 5) Hamilton 6) Webber 7) Massa 8) Ricciardo 9) Vergne 10) Hulkenberg

  53. 1644: 

    11) Kovalainen 12) Di Resta 13) Bottas 14) Perez 15) Button 16) Sutil

    Jennie Gow, BBC Radio 5 live pit-lane reporter

    Lewis Hamilton has been on team radio saying: 'I need feedback. I need feedback.' They replied: 'We will update you.'

  55. 1643: 
    Romain Grosjean

    Romain Grosjean finishes fastest in the second part of qualifying for the Brazilian Grand Prix.

  56. 1642: 
    Brazilian GP

    Sergio Perez has hit the wall! The Mexican gets out onto the kerbs at Turn Five and the rear end spins round, sending him flying off into the wall. "I'm OK," he reports. Don't think you can say the same about the car. The right rear corner has been ripped off, along with the front wing.

  57. 1641: 

    We've got one minute remaining, with Kovalainen, Di Resta, Bottas, Perez, Button and Sutil in the drop zone.

    BBC F1 co-commentator David Coulthard

    "Look at the rain, it's really coming down. This could be our top 10."

  59. 1640: 

    Romain Grosjean is our new leader now, the Lotus going nearly three tenths quicker than anyone else. His team-mate Heikki Kovalainen is in the drop zone in 11th.

  60. 1639: 

    Fernando Alonso goes second, one tenth off the pace set by Sebastian Vettel. That should be enough to get him through to the top-10 shoot-out.

  61. 1638: 

    Paul Di Resta loses nearly two tenths in the final sector to just miss out on the top 10 with the 11th fastest time. He's got time for at least one, maybe two more laps.

  62. 1637: 

    Lots of activity in the pit lane, with new intermediates being rolled out. Drivers know they need to be out there as close to the end of the session as possible to maximise the conditions.

  63. 1636: 

    Sergio Perez and McLaren in a spot of bother. The Mexican goes 13th quickest, but he's still seven tenths off Daniel Ricciardo in 10th. Jenson Button makes a slight improvement but that's still only good enough for 11th, six tenths off Ricciardo.

  64. 1634: 

    Lewis Hamilton improves, but another mistake in the middle sector means he stays third, a couple of tenths behind Sebastian Vettel. Mark Webber is fourth, Romain Grosjean fifth and Fernando Alonso sixth. Both Toro Rossos are in the top 10, too, with Jean-Eric Vergne seventh and Daniel Ricciardo 10th.

  65. 1633: 

    Valtteri Bottas, Jenson Button, Adrian Sutil, Paul Di Resta, Nico Hulkenberg and Sergio Perez are currently in the drop zone with eight minutes remaining.

  66. 1632: 

    Sebastian Vettel goes fastest by a tenth, with Red Bull team-mate Mark Webber slotting into second, four tenths off the pace.

  67. 1631: 

    Huge slide from Adrian Sutil as he comes through the exit of Turn Three. The German has to back out of it, but catches the rear end and continues on down the straight towards Turn Four.

  68. 1630: 

    Nico Rosberg goes fastest with a 1:26.626, and a mistake from Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton in the middle sector means the Briton can only go second, four tenths adrift. Fernando Alonso pops into third with Ferrari team-mate Felipe Massa fourth.


    Mercedes: Both cars on intermediate tyres like everybody else.

  70. 1627: 

    Nico Rosberg leads the way as the second part of qualifying gets under way. This session will last 15 minutes and see the six slowest drivers knocked out.

    Gary Anderson, BBC F1 technical analyst

    "I don't think the track was coming to Kovalainen. That was just him putting in a great lap. He can do it."

  72. 1626: 

    The weather radar says very light rain expected for the start of Q2. Both Mercedes are at the front of the queue down at the end of the pit lane, with Nico Rosberg leading the way.

    James Allen, BBC Radio 5 live commentator

    "Where did Kovalainen find the speed? Where did he find the grip?"

  74. 1624: 

    1) Hamilton 2) Vettel 3) Rosberg 4) Hulkenberg 5) Kovalainen 6) Di Resta 7) Button 8) Grosjean 9) Alonso 10) Webber 11) Perez 12) Bottas 13) Massa 14) Sutil 15) Vergne 16) Ricciardo.

  75. 1623: 

    17) Maldonado 18) Gutierrez 19) Pic 20) Van der Garde 21) Bianchi 22) Chilton

  76. 1622: 
    Lewis Hamilton

    Lewis "I've got no hope if it rains" Hamilton finishes fastest in the first part of qualifying for the Brazilian Grand Prix.

  77. 1620: 

    Brilliant lap from Jean-Eric Vergne, who scrapes into Q2 with his last lap. The Frenchman is so good in these conditions and soaked up the pressure to put a lap in when it mattered. That means Pastor Maldonado misses out.

  78. 1618: 
    Brazil GP

    Heikki Kovalainen moves from 14th to fifth which means the track conditions are improving! There is one minute to go to make an improvement with Pastor Maldonado on the bubble in 16th.


    Charlie Eustice: "Q1 times are getting slower, doesn't look like anyone is going to improve now. I do love the unpredictable rain."

  80. 1613: 

    After an initial flurry of activity, just three cars are out on track at the moment - Esteban Gutierrez, Jules Bianchi and Max Chilton. The trio are in the drop zone.

  81. 1611: 

    Toro Rosso's Jean-Eric Vergne asks his team "Why did we wait [to come out?]" The Frenchman has reason to be upset as he's down in 17th and likely to be knocked out of qualifying as the conditions will make it difficult for him to improve. "Don't worry about that," comes the reply. "Keep focus."


    Mercedes: Rain is coming down much heavier now in the pit lane.

  83. 1608: 

    Jean-Eric Vergne, Charles Pic, Esteban Gutierrez, Giedo van der Garde, Jules Bianchi and Max Chilton are currently in the drop zone. No real surprises there.

  84. 1607: 

    The rain is getting heavier, but Mark Webber manages to improve and go ninth fastest, hauling himself out of the drop zone. Mercedes' Nico Rosberg reports that the "track is getting slower".

  85. 1606: 

    Mark Webber is bumped down into the drop zone, along with Charles Pic, Esteban Gutierrez, Giedo van der Garde, Jules Bianchi and Max Chilton.


    McLaren's Sergio Perez: "It's too early [for dry tyres]."

  87. 1604: 

    Lewis Hamilton can't improve on his next lap, but he's still top of the charts. Sebastian Vettel goes second, with Nico Rosberg third and Nico Hulkenberg fourth. Mark Webber is on the bubble down in 16th after losing track position to Fernando Alonso and having to back off.

  88. 1603: 

    Lewis Hamilton is the early pace-setter, the 2008 world champion clocking a 1:25.342, one second clear of Paul Di Resta in second and Jenson Button third.

  89. 1601: 

    There are actually a few dry spots of track out there, which we've not seen all weekend. Lewis Hamilton gets sideways as he gets the power down out of Turn Two on his first flying lap. He's in the best position as he is at the front of the train of cars with plenty of clear track in front of him. Intermediates are the tyres of choice at the moment.

  90. 1600: 

    The first part of qualifying is under way and after three sessions where it took ages for cars to come out, we've got plenty of action right from the off.

  91. 1558: 

    There is a queue of cars at the end of the pit lane, with Lewis Hamilton leading the way in the Mercedes. Caterham's Charles Pic is informed that they are expecting the conditions to get worse, which explains why many want to get out quickly and set a 'banker' lap.


    BBC F1 pit lane reporter Tom Clarkson: "I've spoken to a few guys on the pitwall and they say you have to go dry this afternoon. The weather forecast is for it to rain this afternoon but tomorrow, the forecast is better."

  93. 1556: 

    Coverage for the Brazilian GP this weekend is live across the BBC - on TV, radio & online.

    Qualifying is live on BBC One now, on 5 live sports extra from 1555 GMT and online. Qualifying repeat at 1300 BBC One.

    Race coverage on Sunday is on BBC One from 1500, on 5 live sports extra from 1530 and here online. The F1 Forum is at 1805 on the Red Button and online. TV highlights are on BBC Two at 1900.

    And don't forget all the lovely extra camera streams available online during qualifying and the race, including the pit lane feed, driver tracker, on-board, timing screens and alternative commentary.


    Sauber: Prepare for a cracker quali! In those conditions anything can happen.

  95. 1554: 

    Williams deputy team principal Claire Williams says she is "so excited" about Felipe Massa joining the team next season. "He's brings a huge amount of experience, he's a proven race talent and we're just looking forward to getting things started. Austin was fantastic, Valtteri [Bottas] did a great job to get those points but I can't wait for this season to be over.

  96. 1550: 

    Lotus reserve driver Davide Valsecchi, who was overlooked as a replacement for Kimi Raikkonen in the final two races in favour of Heikki Kovalainen, clearly isn't feeling the cold as he's rocking a pair of shorts as he strolls through the paddock.

  97. 1545: 

    Weather update: It's still raining, though only lightly.

  98. 1541: 
    Felipe Massa

    Ferrari's Felipe Massa will compete in his final race for Ferrari, having joined the team as a test driver back in 2003. The Brazilian, who came close to winning the world championship in 2008, is off to Williams to start a new chapter.

    "I feel a bit sorry to leave Ferrari," he said. "I have so many friends here. But talking about the professional side, I am happy to change, try and do different things and even start things from zero. It can be a very good restart.

    "I did a lot for this team, always tried to work 100% for the team. It won't be that easy to find another one like that."

  99. 1535: 

    Jenson Button's last victory came at this venue one year ago. The 2009 world champion is hoping for rain and "If we can have it off and on, that would be nice". The McLaren driver, who clinched his world title at Interlagos, added: "It's a fun circuit, it's the perfect way to end the season. We're hoping for a good result to end the year, it's been a tough year."

  100. 1530: 

    When Jenson Button starts tomorrow's Brazilian Grand Prix, he will break the all-time record for the most starts for a British driver, previously held by BBC co-commentator David Coulthard, with 247.

  101. 1525: 

    It's still spitting with rain at Interlagos, which means in we're in for a tricky but entertaining qualifying session. That kicks off at 1600, lasts an hour and will be split into three sections.

    The first lasts 20 minutes and will see the slowest six knocked out. The second lasts 15 minutes and will see another six knocked out. That leaves 10 to fight it out for the final pole position of 2013.

    BBC Sport’s chief F1 writer Andrew Benson:

    "BBC F1 has been giving out our now-traditional end-of-season awards. Apart from Alonso getting overtake of the year (see below), Hamilton got broadcaster of the year for his team radio, Massa best start of the year for Silverstone and Hulkenberg drive of the year for Korea. The naughty boy award went to Vettel, for swearing in interviews with regularity, doughnuts in India and, of course, Multi 21. He greeted the trophy with typical class and humour. 'Normally nice guys finish last and the bad boy goes home with the prom queen,' he said. 'I don't know where she is but I'm sure I'll find her.' Brilliant."

  103. 1520: 

    Eddie Jordan has made some predictions about who will fill the remaining vacant seats. The former team boss believes Pastor Maldonado will head to Lotus, alongside Romain Grosjean, with Nico Hulkenberg and Sergio Perez teaming up in an all-new line up at Force India.

    Jordan tips Adrian Sutil to team up with Esteban Gutierrez at Sauber, with Max Chilton keeping his seat at Marussia. Over at Caterham, he believes Giedo van der Garde will stay, with Swedish GP2 driver Marcus Ericsson making the step up. That leaves Paul Di Resta and Heikki Kovalainen without a seat.


    Have your say on who you think will secure pole position for the Brazilian Grand Prix on the BBC Sport Facebook page. You can also drop us a text on 81111 (UK only) or tweet using the #bbcf1.

  105. 1515: 

    This will be Mark Webber's final Formula 1 qualifying session of his career. Can he make it three pole positions in five races?

    Fernando Alonso and Eddie Jordan

    Fernando Alonso: Thanks to my friends at the BBC for the overtake of the year trophy (for the pass on Mark Webber in Italy). In 2014 more battles... ;)

  107. 1510: 

    It's time for the BBC F1 end-of-season awards, and Mercedes Lewis Hamilton gets the Nostalgia Award for pulling into former team McLaren's pit box at Sepang, Malaysia, by mistake. If you can't remember that comedy moment, watch it again here.

    BBC Sport’s chief F1 writer Andrew Benson:

    "There hasn't been a wet qualifying session since the Belgian Grand Prix back in August - coincidentally the race at which Sebastian Vettel started the winning streak which clinched him the title and has not ended yet. That session was a cracker and there is every reason to believe this will be, too. The prospects for an upset and a mixed-up grid are huge.

    "But there's a caveat - the fastest car is the fastest car, and downforce pays even more dividends in the wet. Raining it might be, but Vettel still has to be favourite for pole. But the likes of Hulkenberg, Bottas, Webber, Rosberg, Hamilton, Button, Alonso and even Vergne - wet-weather aces all - will be looking at this as a real opportunity to potentially spring a shock."

  109. 1505: 

    There has been a delay to the coverage on BBC One and the video console at the top of this page, because of the Rugby League World Cup semi-final between New Zealand and England has run over. For those of you interested, England lost to a converted try in the last kick of the game. But I'm pleased to say Suzi Perry, Eddie Jordan and David Coulthard are now on your screens.

  110. 1503: 

    Hello! Welcome to our live coverage of qualifying for the Brazilian Grand Prix at the spectacular Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace, Interlagos.

  111. 1500: 

    Rain, rain and more rain. That's been the talking point in each of the three practice sessions at Interlagos this weekend. Will the wet stuff stay away for qualifying?

  112. 1420: 

    Here's Andrew Benson's third practice report. I'll see you in 40 minutes! See ya.

  113. 1415: 

    Time for a quick break before qualifying. It's a fast turnaround for teams to get their cars in shape for today's all important one-hour session. TV coverage starts on BBC One at 1500 GMT, with one hour of build-up before the session begins at 1600.

  114. 1410: 

    It's difficult to read anything into those times from third practice, with Ferrari choosing not to set a time with either Fernando Alonso or Felipe Massa so they can save fresh sets of tyres for the race. Don't forget, they are battling Mercedes for the lucrative second place in the constructors' championship.

  115. 1405: 

    The rain is still holding off in Interlagos, but will it stay away long enough for a dry start to qualifying?

  116. 1401: 

    1) Webber 2) Grosjean 3) Kovalainen 4) Bottas 5) Hulkenberg 6) Vergne 7) Gutierrez 8) Maldonado 9) Di Resta

    10) Sutil 11) Hamilton 12) Ricciardo 13) Bianchi 14) Pic 15) Chilton 16) Van der Garde 17) Vettel 18) Perez

    Did not set a time: Rosberg, Alonso, Button and Massa

  117. 1400: 
    Mark Webber

    Red Bull's Mark Webber finishes fastest in final practice for the Brazilian Grand Prix.

  118. 1359: 

    Romain Grosjean goes second quickest, three tenths off the pace set by Mark Webber, with Lotus team-mate Heikki Kovalainen in third.

  119. 1355: 

    Valtteri Bottas slots into second, seven tenths off the pace in the Williams, with Nico Hulkenberg third and Heikki Kovalainen fourth. Both Mercedes and Ferraris have decided not to bother going out again during this session.

  120. 1353: 

    The rain has started to fall again, just as Mark Webber crosses the line to smash his previous best with a 1:27.891. That's 1.795 seconds quicker than Pastor Maldonado in second, and two seconds faster than Lewis Hamilton.

  121. 1351: 

    Jules Bianchi skates off onto the grass, but wrestles back control and keeps it out of the barriers. Lucky boy. Up front, Mark Webber goes quickest on the intermediate tyres, the Australian clocking a 1:29.493 which is half a second quicker than Lewis Hamilton.

  122. 1350: 

    At last, the rain has stopped. But there are only 10 minutes of this session remaining, and will teams want to use up a set of tyres or rather save them for qualifying? Red Bull's Mark Webber has headed out on a set of intermediate wet tyres - that's the first time we've seen them this session.

  123. 1344: 

    Lewis Hamilton becomes the first man into the 1m29s, the Mercedes driver clocking a 1:29.980, with is 1.1 seconds quicker than Esteban Gutierrez, with Nico Hulkenberg third and Adrian Sutil fourth.

    BBC Sport’s chief F1 writer Andrew Benson:

    "It's no secret that Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel have had a tense relationship over their time as Red Bull team-mates, but there has been a hint in recent races that perhaps some of the intensity has gone out of it, and that maybe a little bit of the froideur was wearing off. Red Bull team principal Christian Horner says the impression is correct: 'With Mark coming to the end of his career, I think it has thawed between them and in future years with a bit of time for reflection I think the relationship will only grow.'"

  125. 1340: 

    Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel, who from this image looks like he's sporting a Movember moustache - only he isn't, heads out and immediately goes quickest, half a second ahead of Valtteri Bottas. Sergio Perez goes third, and reports that the track is drier than it has been all session.

  126. 1335: 

    Valtteri Bottas, who was brilliant in changeable conditions in Canadian Grand Prix qualifying to start third, moves to the top of the charts with a 1:32.372 in the Williams.

  127. 1332: 

    Marussia's Jules Bianchi is our new leader, the Frenchman clocking a 1:33.412, seven tenths quicker than the Sauber of Esteban Gutierrez. Britain's Max Chilton is third.

    BBC Sport’s chief F1 writer Andrew Benson:

    "Amid all the attention on Mark Webber at the final grand prix of his career, the fact that this is Ross Brawn's last race as Mercedes team principal has slipped under the radar a little. Mercedes have not yet officially announced it, but Brawn will be leaving the team after the season finishes, having been unable to negotiate a new role that satisfied him, team principal being no longer available. For some time now, there has been speculation about where Brawn might end up, most of it misguided, but a new and intriguing rumour sprang up on Friday.

    "After Brawn was filmed coming out of a meeting with Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali, there were claims the Englishman could return to his former team in that role, with Domenicali moving upstairs. It could, of course, mean nothing - team bosses talk to each other all the time, and Brawn and Domenicali go way back. But in F1, you never know. Is there any truth in it? Our best inside information is that, no, there is not."


    Sauber: Light drizzle expected for the remaining 30 minutes as #Hulk heads out for his second run.

  130. 1327: 

    Max Chilton and Jules Bianchi have headed out on track to give the fans something to see. Watching an F1 car dance around a wet track and kicking up spray really is something to behold, so it's nice to see a bit more action...


    Force India: Our drivers out of the cars. It's just too wet to do any meaningful runs at the moment.

  132. 1322: 

    Lewis Hamilton peels into the pits, without setting a timed lap, leaving the track empty. So after 22 minutes, we've seen just one timed lap. Neither Toro Rosso has bothered to venture out while the rest have simply popped out for an installation lap.

    BBC Sport’s chief F1 writer Andrew Benson:
    Daniil Kvyat

    "Russian Daniil Kvyat has made quite an impact in the two practice sessions he has been afford by Toro Rosso as preparation for his full debut next season. The 19-year-old was eighth quickest in first practice on Friday - and half a second quicker than Toro Rosso regular Jean-Eric Vergne. The Frenchman, as Red Bull team boss Christian Horner says, "is a bit of a wet-weather specialist. So to jump straight out of a GP3 car into an F1 car, with a big difference in power and grip and do that is extremely impressive."

  134. 1316: 
    Brazil GP

    Lewis Hamilton, who was clearly not happy with his car in wet conditions on Friday, is back out in the Mercedes and he has the track to himself.

    BBC Sport’s chief F1 writer Andrew Benson:

    "While we're on the subject of frankly tedious sagas, it's worth another mention of the mooted Lotus investment deal with the US-Middle Eastern Quantum consortium. This has still not been completed and the delays are threatening to cost Lotus not only their number-one choice of driver to partner Romain Grosjean - Nico Hulkenberg, who it is said has tired of it and committed to Force India - but also their second, Pastor Maldonado, who is also in talks about taking his £30m to Sauber or, yes, Force India.

    "On Friday, Lotus team boss Eric Boullier said the team still had hopes the deal would happen. 'There is still some discussion ongoing and now between bankers,' said Boullier, who is merely an employee; the deal is being hashed out by his bosses at the team's investment group owner Genii Capital. 'The process is not fully completed, but I think part of it has been done which is a good sign for the weekend. We hope obviously that everything is closed by early next week.'"

  136. 1311: 
    Brazil GP

    Esteban Gutierrez is still fastest, but that's because he's the only one to have set a lap time. Nico Rosberg has headed out to explore the conditions, as has his Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton.


    Rian Hoskins: Best Driver: Sebastian Vettel. Most Improved Driver: Romain Grosjean. Most Disappointing Driver: Esteban Gutierrez.

    Matt Smith: Best driver Vettel for his 4th title, most improved Grosjean, who should have won a race this year, and most disappointing Perez.

    Sandra: The best driver was Sebastian Vettel. I think the way he handled all situations (especially the boos) showed his greatness.

    Have your say on the best, improved and disappointing driver of 2013 using the #bbcf1 hashtag or text 81111 (UK only).

  138. 1306: 

    Esteban Gutierrez sets the first timed lap of the day, a 1:34.671, but as yet he's the only man to do so. World champion Sebastian Vettel heads out for an installation lap, before peeling back into the pits.

    BBC Sport’s chief F1 writer Andrew Benson:

    "The frankly tedious saga of Pirelli hitting obstacles at every turn as it attempts to get some extra tyre testing under its belt for 2014 continues in Brazil. The company intended to run some development tyres in practice on Friday but the wet weather prevented any meaningful running on them. Red Bull did send Sebastian Vettel out for one lap to gather some aerodynamic data, and they told him over the radio they had got it, but Mercedes team boss Ross Brawn was sceptical that they could have learned anything. Pirelli now wants to do an extra test in December in Bahrain, but already there may be problems with that idea. Brawn suggested he felt it would not be fair for only one or two teams to do that test. Cynics muttered that was exactly the problem with the illegal tyre test Brawn organised for Mercedes in May, and which landed them in hot water with the authorities."

  140. 1303: 

    It's very, very wet out there, so full wet weather tyres are the only option in these conditions. Lots of standing water, so drivers will have to be super careful out there.

  141. 1301: 

    Sauber's Esteban Gutierrez is the first man out of the blocks, performing a practice start at the end of the pit lane before blasting out onto the track and sending up a huge spray.

  142. 1300: 
    GO! GO! GO!

    Third practice for the Brazilian Grand Prix is go, go, go!

    BBC Sport’s chief F1 writer Andrew Benson:
    Felipe Massa (left) and Rubens Barrichello

    "Former F1 driver Rubens Barrichello has revealed to 5 live F1 that he felt he was in with a good chance of being picked to replace Kimi Raikkonen at Lotus in the final two races of the year. He had talks with the team, but they ultimately chose Heikki Kovalainen. 'I thought the Lotus thing was so clear it was going to be a good match,' said Barrichello. 'Austin to get back (into it), maybe my neck would suffer a little bit, but I'm better physically than I used to be, but it's fine, they choose a different direction and I wish them all the best.' Barrichello said he had no regrets about his 19-year F1 career, other than he did not say goodbye to his fans at what turned out to be his last race in Brazil 2011. His friends, including Felipe Massa, counselled him to do so at the time, but Barrichello says he believed he would get another drive."

  144. 1255: 
    BBC coverage

    Ah, the sound of The Chain. Video coverage of third practice is up and running on BBC Two and in the video console at the top of this page. Lee McKenzie is your host, having got her voice back, with Jennie Gow and Tom Clarkson in the pits and Ben Edwards and Gary Anderson in the commentary box.

  145. 1252: 
    McLaren team of 2013

    McLaren have had their "Class of 2013" photo taken in the Interlagos pit lane. It's not been a great year for the boys and girls from Woking, with the team set for the first season without a podium since 1980. But they've still got one more chance to add to the trophy cabinet on Sunday, and if the conditions remain tricky, Jenson Button will be one to watch.

    BBC Sport’s chief F1 writer Andrew Benson:
    Fernando Alonso

    "If you've not seen it yet, it is well worth checking out a piece we have published this morning based on a terrific interview Fernando Alonso did with BBC F1 pit-lane reporter Lee McKenzie in Austin last weekend for broadcast on Sunday. The Ferrari driver was in reflective mood, admitting he will be "sad" if he cannot add to his two world titles before the end of his career, making some piquant remarks about Sebastian Vettel's run of success and detailing the frustration at Ferrari this season."

  147. 1248: 

    We've got live video for you this weekend, with coverage kicking off at 1255 GMT in the console above and on BBC Two. Qualifying follows at 1600, with our build-up show starting on BBC One at 1500 and this live text commentary running alongside.


    Williams race team manager Dickie Stanford: Track temp 21. Air temp 19. Wind speed 13. Raining!

  149. 1243: 

    With third practice looking like it will be another washout, I'm going to need your F1 chat more than ever. Who has been the best driver this season? Who has been the most improved? And who has been the most disappointing? Get your thoughts in via Twitter, using the #bbcf1 hashtag, or by text 81111 (UK only), remembering to put your name on those messages.

    BBC Sport’s chief F1 writer Andrew Benson:
    Lewis Hamilton

    "Lewis Hamilton was never going to be happy about being the best part of a second off team-mate Nico Rosberg's pace in the wet and, never one to disguise his emotions, he was spectacularly monosyllabic in his TV interviews after practice on Friday. In the one interview in which he actually strung a sentence or two together, he said he had 'no hope' if it was wet, adding that he had been struggling with the Mercedes in the rain all year and 'did not know what was going on'. Perhaps some overnight set-up changes will have helped. We'll soon find out."

  151. 1239: 

    One of the reasons for a lack of running on Friday in the wet was because the rules restrict teams to four sets of 'intermediate' tyres and three sets of 'extreme wets' per grand prix weekend.

    Drivers have an extra set of intermediates they can use on Fridays and give back without affecting their allocation, but the teams were still keen to save as many sets as possible for today and Sunday with yet more rain on the cards.


    Sauber: Looks like it's going to be another wet session this morning. With a wet track and light rain around #Interlagos

  153. 1236: 

    The weather was quite frankly awful on Friday, with the persistent rain - which Interlagos notoriously attracts - restricting meaningful running. That didn't stop the fans, though, with a healthy turnout in the grandstands. Hopefully they can ditch their cagoules and soak up some sun today. Oh hang on...

    BBC Sport’s chief F1 writer Andrew Benson:

    "Friday practice was wet throughout, it has been raining overnight in Sao Paulo and there is more expected on Saturday, at least for some of the time. The wet track made for spectacular viewing in first and second practice - a number of drivers had lurid-looking moments as their rear tyres fought for grip on the Interlagos track surface. Fernando Alonso brilliantly caught two vicious slides, and Lewis Hamilton - of all people - had a spin. 'It's very slippery out there,' said McLaren's Jenson Button, always brilliant in changing conditions. 'It's very tricky; it's very easy to lose the car. That's normal in the wet but here it's another level really. We're actually getting aquaplaning in a straight-line at high speed, which is quite unusual in an F1 car.'"

  155. 1233: 

    Hello! Welcome to our live coverage of the third and final practice for the Brazilian Grand Prix, the final stop on Formula 1's world tour in 2013.

  156. 1230: 
    Nico Rosberg

    The Red Bulls were tamed by the Mercedes of Nico Rosberg in second practice on Friday as the German went fastest both on full wet-weather tyres and the intermediate tyres later. Can Rosberg, who won the Monaco and British Grands Prix this season, hold off the reigning world champions for a second consecutive day?

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Formula 1 World Championship 2014

Position Driver Team Pts
1 Great Britain L Hamilton Mercedes 384
2 Germany N Rosberg Mercedes 317
3 Australia D Ricciardo Red Bull 238
4 Finland V Bottas Williams 186
5 Germany S Vettel Red Bull 167
6 Spain F Alonso Ferrari 161
7 Brazil F Massa Williams 134
8 Great Britain J Button McLaren 126
9 Germany N Hulkenberg Force India 96
10 Mexico S Perez Force India 59
11 Denmark K Magnussen McLaren 55
12 Finland K Raikkonen Ferrari 55
13 France J Vergne Toro Rosso 22
14 France R Grosjean Lotus 8
15 Russia D Kvyat Toro Rosso 8
16 Venezuela P Maldonado Lotus 2
18 Germany A Sutil Sauber 0
20 Mexico E Gutierrez Sauber 0
22 Japan K Kobayashi Caterham 0
23 W Stevens Caterham 0


After 60 of 61 laps
Position Driver Team

Race stopped at 60 laps

1 Great Britain L Hamilton Mercedes
2 Germany S Vettel Red Bull
3 Australia D Ricciardo Red Bull
4 Spain F Alonso Ferrari
5 Brazil F Massa Williams
6 France J Vergne Toro Rosso
7 Mexico S Perez Force India
8 Finland K Raikkonen Ferrari
9 Germany N Hulkenberg Force India
10 Denmark K Magnussen McLaren
11 Finland V Bottas Williams
12 Venezuela P Maldonado Lotus
13 France R Grosjean Lotus
14 Russia D Kvyat Toro Rosso
15 Sweden M Ericsson Caterham
16 France J Bianchi Marussia
17 Great Britain M Chilton Marussia
18 Great Britain J Button (ret.) McLaren
19 Germany A Sutil (ret.) Sauber
20 Mexico E Gutierrez (ret.) Sauber
21 Germany N Rosberg (ret.) Mercedes
22 Japan K Kobayashi (ret.) Caterham

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