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Summary

  1. Rosberg on pole, Hamilton 2nd, Vettel 3rd
  2. Bottas 4th, Raikkonen 5th, Hulkenberg 6th
  3. Hamilton top in Q1 & Q2
  4. Williams and Red Bulls through to Q3 with Ferraris
  5. Both McLarens, Manors and Maldonado out in Q1
  6. Alonso breaks down immediately in Q1

Live Reporting

By Chris Osborne

All times stated are UK

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  1. Post update

    That image of two waving German drivers seems the ideal place to call it a day tonight.

    It will be an interesting battle between Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton tomorrow - and don't rule out an intervention from a Ferrari.

    I would heartily advise having a read of Andrew Benson's report from qualifying.

    Make sure you join us from 14:30 GMT tomorrow, when we'll start building up to the race, which begins at 16:00 GMT.

  2. 'I hope to put pressure on the Mercedes'

    Rosberg and Vettel

    Sebastain Vettel speaks to the media after claiming third on the grid: "I think we improved the car which is the most important thing. There were lots of people sliding yesterday with these tyres so it could be interesting. I hope to put some pressure on the Mercedes and then go for it."

  3. Manor appointment

    Dave Ryan left as McLaren sporting director in 2009.

  4. Notes on the grid

    So we already know that Valtteri Bottas has a three-place grid penalty and Daniel Ricciardo has a 10-place penalty.

    That means it is a Ferrari second row - with Sebastian Vettel third and Kimi Raikkonen moving up to fourth.

    Bottas shifting to seventh means he will line up next to his Williams team-mate Felipe Massa.

    There could still be a punishment for Felipe Nasr, currently in P11, who obstructed Massa in qualifying.

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  6. 'A win would be special'

    More from Lewis Hamilton: "Considering how the week has gone, I am pretty happy with how that went. Q1 and Q2 wre very good and to better that is very fine margins, I clawed back as much as I could. It should be an exciting race tomorrrow. It was a dream to come here and race and I really felt Ayrton Senna's presence when I came to race here the first time. To win in front of the Brazil fans would be special."

  7. 'I didn't maximise the first sector'

    Lewis Hamilton

    Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton: “It was good today. I got a good balance. At the end I didn’t maximise the first sector but the other two sectors were OK.

    “It is a circuit I haven’t won at. Last year I was stronger in the race and I hope to carry that through and hopefully make the difference.”

  8. 'Close to the edge'

    Nico Rosberg

    Nico Rosberg tells the media after clinching pole: “Of course I'm pleased with today. I got some good laps in qualification three and the last lap was very close to the edge."

  9. Post update

    An eventful session for McLaren's Fernando Alonso, who went out in Q1 after a car failure. He relaxed in a picnic chair while waiting for the recovery vehicle and then shared a joke with team-mate Jenson Button by sneaking on to the podium.

    Alonso

    McLaren's Fernando Alonso: "It was not the Saturday I was hoping for. But in Abu Dhabi I will have to be better prepared and bring the sun tan lotion.

    "When we passed the podium, me and Jenson thought we are not going to get as close again and so took a picture. It is tough, but that is what it is."

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    Will Stevens

    Manor's Will Stevens: "What I have learned this year is that I have focused too much on qualifying and not looked at the longer game and the race. This track is very hard on the rears and hopefully the way we have worked will pay off tomorrow."

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  12. Post update

    Nico Rosberg

    It's worth noting that Nico Rosberg persuaded his team to let him come into the pits in Q2. They wanted him to stay out.

    Nico was aiming to save the tyres - and it was a great tactic.

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    Eddie Jordan

    BBC F1 chief analyst

    "I think Nico Rosberg can win this and carry the roll on from Mexico. Lewis Hamilton wants to win here to emulate his idol Ayrton Senna. It is going to be a fascinating race."

  14. Verstappen finishes 10th in qualifying

    Max Verstappen

    Toro Rosso's Max Verstappen: "It is a tricky track to learn and I underestimated it a bit. We lose a lot on the straights here. I was not happy with the car yesterday and it should be better tomorrow."

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    Ricciardo

    Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo: "It was not worth it to have the new engine. I'll have a look at the overlay later, but from what I saw today it was not that much of an advantage. We did what we could. But starting 19th it is going to be a fun race later. I hope it will rain. I don't think it will."  

  16. Post update

    Leaderboard

    There will be some movement in this top 10, with Valtteri Bottas dropping three places for overtaking under a red flag in Q1. And Daniel Ricciardo loses a whopping 10 places because of a new engine.

    "It wasn't worth it," Ricciardo says when asked about the engine change.

  17. Post update

    Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff: "It was an immense lap from Nico, he is on fire. It is important for him to finish second in the championship and maybe there is some of the pressure gone for Lewis which might not be a good thing. It was a very intelligent session from Nico - the way that he saved his tyres in Q2.

    "Ferrari are not far off, but I am sceptic for them for next year."

    Wolff
  18. Post update

    Rosberg

    Thumbs up for Nico Rosberg, who has been formidable in qualifying as of late. Can he convert to make it back-to-back wins?

  19. Post update

    Here's how the top 10 looks:

    ROS, HAM, VET, BOT, RAI, HUL, KVY, MAS, RIC, VER

  20. Post update

    David Coulthard

    BBC F1 co-commentator

    "It looks like Lewis Hamilton has not been able to ace that first sector. Turn Two is where Nico Rosberg has been very aggressive and has managed to get that edge over his team-mate."

  21. Nice one Nico

    So that's five consecutive poles for Nico Rosberg and back-to-back poles in Brazil.

    You would call it championship-winning form, if that ship had not already sailed.

  22. First qualifying ends

    Oh so close. So close. Lewis Hamilton had time to make up in the third sector and drops in 0.078secs short of his team-mate.

  23. Post update

    Nico Rosberg goes even faster... What can Lewis Hamilton do?

  24. Post update

    David Coulthard

    BBC F1 co-commentator

    "It could be that psychologically for Nico Rosberg the pressure is off. If golf they might have called it the yips. Now, with the world title gone to Hamilton, he is able to just to get on and drive and suddenly he has found some extra speed in qualifying."

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    With two minutes remaining, the cars are out for their second pop. Max Verstappen is yet to record a time.

  26. Post update

    David Coulthard

    BBC F1 co-commentator

    "Felipe Massa does not seem to be able to find his form on a track that he knows well and usually produces his best. It may be that he cannot quite find the balance of the car to give him the confidence to produce his best. Sometimes the telemetry does not tell you everything."

  27. Post update

    As it stands: ROS, HAM, VET, BOT, RAI, RIC, MAS, HUL, KVY

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  29. Post update

    Sebastian Vettel slides into P3, but he is 0.618 secs behind leader Nico Rosberg.

    Then it's Valtteri Bottas, followed by Kimi Raikkonen.

  30. Post update

    David Coulthard

    BBC F1 co-commentator

    "That was a big lock-up for Hamilton into turn 10 and that will have damaged his front right tyre."

  31. Post update

    Valtteri Bottas and Nico Hulkenberg are the next drivers to record laps, but they're more than half a second behind.

  32. Post update

    Nico Rosberg - fastest lap of the weekend: 1:11.461.

    Lewis Hamilton - just under: 1:11.549.

    They're the times to beat.

    Seven minutes remaining.

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    Christian Horner

    Red Bull principal Christian Horner: "Unfortunately sector one and three are dominated by the long uphill straight that does not play to our strengths. In sector two we are fifth or sixth fastest which is respectable, especially considering the amount of downforce that we are running.

    "I reckon that Nico Rosberg has saved his tyres in the second section to keep them fresh for the race itself, which might be a smart move."

  34. Post update

    Felipe Nasr is soaking up the atmosphere in front of the Brazilian fans. The Sauber man is in P11, but could be pegged back if the stewards think he impeded Felipe Massa in Q1.

    Nasr
  35. Final qualifying starts

    It's the top-10 shoot-out. Here we go.

  36. Post update

    Eddie Jordan

    BBC F1 chief analyst

    "I think that Fernando and Jenson are trying to make a joke of it to cover the pain a bit. They want to see the end of this season as soon as possible to put it past them."

  37. Post update

    Jenson

    McLaren's Jenson Button: "It was a lot closer to 15th than I thought and the car was running a lot better than I thought. I think we were running just too little aero balance. The car is not bad to drive, I enjoyed it today, but the pace is not there. Rain, anything like that, helps us."  

  38. Post update

    At the risk of this becoming the Max Verstappen fan club page, he has outshone his Toro Rosso team-mate Carlos Sainz there.

    Although Sainz did complain over his team radio about a problem with his readings on the dashboard.

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    Felipe Nasr, Carlos Sainz, Sergio Perez, Marcus Ericsson and Romain Grosjean are eliminated. 

    Max Verstappen made a great leap to come in eighth.

  41. Post update

    David Coulthard

    BBC F1 co-commentator

    "If Romain Grosjean has got a flatspot on those tyres it will make it very difficult because the vibrations make your eyeballs bounce about so much in your skull that you can barely see the corners."

  42. Second qualifying ends

    Grojean

    Romain Grosjean's tyres received too much damage for the Frenchman to get out of the bottom five.

    Felipe Massa puts in a champion lap to sneak into 10th at the final moment.

    Grojean
  43. Post update

     Romain Grosjean will be out in Q2. He's yet to record a lap and goes spinning - plenty of smoke coming from those tyres. Only seconds left for drivers to make moves.  

  44. Extra camera streams

    Don't forget, we've got a load of extra camera streams for you, including driver tracker, pit lane feed and multi-screen.

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  45. Post update

    David Coulthard

    BBC F1 co-commentator

    "Sebastian Vettel's lap looks tidy enough but tentative. It certainly is not as aggressive as we would expect to see from a Vettel completely at one with his car."

  46. Post update

    Sebastian Vettel is in at P2 with a 1:11.928. Marcus Ericsson, Felipe Nasr, Felipe Massa and Max Verstappen are out of the top 10.

  47. Post update

    Eleven drivers have set times in Q2. Max Verstappen is the slowest of the bunch and in the drop zone. Both of the Ferraris are making their first Q2 appearance imminently.  

    Vettel
  48. Post update

    Eleven drivers have set times in Q2. Max Verstappen is the slowest of the bunch and in the drop zone. Both of the Ferraris are making their first Q2 appearance imminently.

  49. Post update

    Call off the race. We have our podium men already. Congratulations Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button. McLaren - I take it all back, your car is brilliant.

    McLaren drivers
  50. Post update

    Tom Clarkson

    BBC F1 pit-lane reporter

    "I don't think Rosberg wants to put an extra lap on the set of tyres he will start the race tomorrow. To get through to Q3 we are looking at a 1:12.6."

  51. Post update

    Hamilton

    Mercedes are straight out there and as soon as Nico Rosberg records a 1:12.213, Lewis Hamilton goes 1:11.665.

    Rosberg has a bit of a chat with his team about whether to come into the pits - "box, box, box" is the decision.

    The German was not keen to stay out - he seemed worried about wearing down the tyres.

  52. Post update

    Felipe Nasr could well be punished for getting in the way of Felipe Massa in Q1.

  53. Post update

    David Coulthard

    BBC F1 co-commentator

    "I can see the two McLaren drivers walking down the pitlane, there was a huge cheer as Fernando Alonso walked back from his sunbathing. I thought it was a Brazilian walking back at first, but it shows the huge passion the fans have for F1."

  54. Second qualifying starts

    Nobody on track, but here comes a Mercedes... it's Nico Rosberg.

  55. Post update

    At the top end of the board, it's as you would expect. Lewis Hamilton, Nico Rosberg, Kimi Raikkonen, Seb Vettel.

  56. Post update

    Alonso

    So, McLaren can put their feet up and go grab a sandwich and a can of fizzy pop - they're done for the weekend.  

  57. First qualifying ends

    Pastor Maldonado, Jenson Button, Alexander Rossi, Will Stevens and Fernando Alonso are eliminated.

  58. Post update

    Massa

    Felipe Massa almost got stitched up by his countryman Feliper Nasr, who takes an awful line and blocks off the Williams man.  

  59. Post update

    Here's looking at you, Fernando.

    aLONSO
  60. Post update

    David Coulthard

    BBC F1 co-commentator

    "I know McLaren are down and you don't want to kick someone when they are down but it is just such a waste of talent in those two cars right now. We are being robbed of an opportunity for these two former world champions to show themselves."

  61. Post update

    While Fernando gets the best view in the house, we've now got times for all the other drivers.

    Marcus Ericsson, Jenson Button, Alexander Rossi and Will Stevens are in danger of leaving in Q1.

    aLONSO
  62. Pull up a seat

    Yesterday, Fernando Alonso had to make do with perching on the barricade. At least this time someone has delivered him a comfortable looking camping chair. Maybe crack out the picnic basket, Fernando?

    Alonso
  63. Post update

    David Coulthard

    BBC F1 co-commentator

    "The difficulty is, Honda are a huge company but they don't have a bottomless pit of money. Whatever they budgeted within the Honda organisation, they must be haemorrhaging money and will come to interest of the Honda board."

  64. Post update

    So, Fernando Alonso will be out of qualifying. Only 17 cars have registered a time and the two in the drop zone are Will Stevens and Alexander Rossi.

  65. McLaren radio

    Fernando Alonso: "Turn 11 - no power."

    Alonso
  66. 'Stop right away'

    Alonso

    Fernando Alonso just can't buy a break at the moment. He's told on the radio to stop immediately and then we see him pull into the grass. The Spaniard is becoming very intimate with the outer-reaches of Interlagos after his McLaren stopped yesterday.  

  67. Post update

    Tom Clarkson

    BBC F1 pit-lane reporter

    "Mercedes want a hot track temperature. Last year it was baking and the medium tyre was the tyre to be on so they must have seen a forecast that suggest that will be the case."

  68. Post update

    David Coulthard

    BBC F1 co-commentator

    "It is unusual that Mercedes would go for broke so early on the soft tyre. No-one really got within a second of Mercedes in practice, so they don't need to run that tyre."

  69. Post update

    Nico Rosberg is straight out on the softs, which is a bit of a surprise. It puts the German straight to the top with a 1:11.746. He is quickly replaced by Lewis Hamilton on 1:11.682.

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    Hulkenberg

    Nico Hulkenberg's first on the board with a 1:13.824.

    How does Felipe Massa compare? 1:13.369 - the Brazilian is top, for now.

  72. Post update

    David Coulthard

    BBC F1 co-commentator

    "I don't quite know why everyone is allowing the clock to count down, the circuit won't evolve while we wait, you need cars running to put rubber down."

  73. Post update

    Ah, Nico Hulkenberg blinks first and is out of the pits. I was worried we were going to have 18 minutes of absolutely nothing.

    There's a massive cheer from the grandstand, which cab mean only one thing. Felipe Massa is out.

  74. Post update

    Lots of steely-eyed drivers sat in cockpits, but none of them on the track yet. We're hearing that McLaren have gaffer-taped Fernando Alonso's car together and he's good to go.

  75. Post update

    David Coulthard

    BBC F1 co-commentator

    "The crowd here are always excited about F1 cars heading to the track, there's a huge support for the local drivers. There is a special atmosphere on what is a special circuit - short, but very challenging."

  76. Post update

  77. First qualifying starts

    Brazil
  78. Post update

    Interesting analysis on BBC One, showing why the lap times have dropped from last year at Interlagos. The kerbs are much harder to ride this year - as you can tell from these shots of Nico Rosberg in 2014 (right) and 2015 (left).

    Nico Rosberg
  79. Classic Brazilian GPs - 2009

    Brazil belongs to Button

    Jenson Button

    It seems a lifetime ago that Jenson Button secured hiss only world title to date. It came with a fifth-place finish, after starting 14th on the grid.

  80. Post update

    Briton Will Stevens finished almost four tenths of a second quicker than his Manor team-mate Alexander Rossi in final practice.

  81. 'Ferrari unlikely to challenge for pole'

    James Allison

    Ferrari technical director James Allison on BBC One: "It's unlikely we can challenge for pole. You've always got to have one eye on the sky here at Interlagos."

  82. Oh Fernando

    It's turning into a forgettable weekend for Fernando Alonso. After breaking down in practice yesterday, his McLaren team are making last-minute changes to his car. It seems they've had to take the gearbox out and it's looking unlikely the Spaniard will start qualifying.

    Alonso
  83. Classic Brazilian GPs - 2008

    Hamilton pips Massa

    Massa and Hamilton

    Can you do better than a world title coming down the final corner of the final race? Brazil's Felipe Massa thought his victory had done enough to secure the championship - only for Lewis Hamilton to pass Timo Glock in the dying moments and clinch glory.

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  85. 'Max will join Ferrari'

    Max Verstappen

    Toro Rosso's Max Verstappen has shown a maturity beyond his years in a chat with David Coulthard.

    Eddie Jordan says the Dutchman can match Sebastian Vettel's four world titles: "Can we see Max doing that? I think he has as good a chance as anyone on that grid. He's that good."

    Jordan adds: "He will be driving with Ferrari within two years."

  86. 'Reminder to rivals'

    Andrew Benson

    Chief F1 writer at Interlagos

    Nico Rosberg

    “The championships are both tied up, but there is no sign of a let-up at Mercedes. Team boss Toto Wolff has said that it is important to ‘keep the tension in the system and not relax’ and the team are following his lead.

    "The silver cars looked as dominant as ever in Friday and Saturday practice in Brazil - the best part of a second in front of anyone else over one lap, and still half a second up on race-simulation averages.

    "That’s a massive margin for one of the shortest tracks on the calendar. The team are trying out new parts aimed at 2016 and it is another reminder - as if one were needed - of the mountains of work needed by their rivals before they can catch up.”

  87. Classic Brazilian GPs - 1991

    Sensational Senna

    Ayrton Senna

    What a moment this was for the legend Ayrton Senna. His first win on home soil finally came after eight attempts in 1991, and boy it didn't come easily.

    Not only did his gear box pack up, leaving him with just sixth gear to use, he suffered with a shoulder problem and physical exhaustion. What a champ.

  88. Post update

    Eddie Jordan tries to push Red Bull boss Christian Horner on their engine for next year. Mr Horner straight bats it with aplomb. He is more committal on Daniil Kvyat's future, saying there is no reason why the Russian won't be a Red Bull driver next year.

  89. Post update

    Andrew Benson

    Chief F1 writer at Interlagos

    Sao Paolo

    “This place has always had an intimate feel - the track winds itself in and out and around a small natural amphitheatre in one of Sao Paulo’s less salubrious districts, and the paddock, the heart of F1 life, reflects that.

    "It has expanded a little following changes to the pit and paddock area but it retains a cosy element. It may not be to Bernie Ecclestone’s exacting specifications - although F1’s tsar has always taken a laissez-faire approach to that in Brazil, unlike in other places - but that is no bad thing, despite the unfinished feel.

    "Within it, conversations about ongoing political battles bubble away over lunch and the tension is building ahead of qualifying under a big blue sky. If it’s going to rain today, it doesn’t look like affecting the on-track."

  90. 'Animal!'

    During his interview, Toto Wolff is attacked by some sort of insect. He suggests that his fellow Mercedes man Niki Lauda may have nipped his finger...

    Animal
  91. 'We allow them to race'

    Toto Wolff

    Mercedes boss Toto Wolff on allowing Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton to race: "We always allow them to race. One day it could end up in a situation that is not pleasant for the team but we will not end it."

  92. Get Involved

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    I'm liking the boldness of predicting Valtteri Bottas qualifying second. He will have a three-place penalty of course, after an overtake under a red flag yesterday. Use #bbcf1 to get involved.

  93. Classic Brazilian GPs - 1973

    Fittipaldi's Sao Paulo moment

    Emerson Fittipaldi

    This was really the birth of the Brazilian GP. Yes, there had been a trial run previously - but what could announce Interlagos on the scene better than hometown hero Emerson Fittipaldi taking the chequered flag?

  94. Watch qualifying

    BBC One

    We're live on BBC One, Red Button and online with the build-up to qualifying.

  95. 'Sliding a lot'

    Andrew Benson

    Chief F1 writer at Interlagos

    Ferrari tyre

    “Post-sessions on Friday, there was a chorus of ‘no grip’ from the drivers. Jenson Button blamed this on the high pressures Pirelli is still demanding the teams run following the failures at the Belgian Grand Prix.

    "‘I’m sure it is the same for everyone with the high pressures we run around here, the pressures just go through the roof,’ Button said. ‘With the high pressures, it is very difficult to do any comparisons because as soon as the tyres overheat, you’re done.’

    "Sebastian Vettel added: ‘Everyone is struggling a lot with the tyres, they seem to be quite tricky to work with. The car is moving around quite a lot and sliding a lot and I hope we can improve that for tomorrow. If you see the guy called grip, pass on my number, please. Everyone is more or less in the same boat’.”

  96. Get Involved- qualifying predictions

    #bbcf1

    So, who will be your top three from this qualifying session. Lewis Hamilton on pole? Nico Rosberg to pip his team-mate? Which Ferrari sneaks into third? Or maybe you feel like going left field.

    Use #bbcf1 on twitter to give us your predictions.

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  98. Can Mercedes be stopped?

    Nico Rosberg

    Welcome back. We're an hour away from qualifying in Sao Paulo, and you'll get all the build-up right here.

    We'll be talking classic Brazilian GPs and predicting who will occupy the top three grid places come tomorrow. Can the Hamilton-Rosberg axis be broken?

  99. Join us for qualifying

    Coverage

    That's it for practice then, the teams can do no more.

    Qualifying starts at 16:00 GMT, we'll be here from 15:00 GMT and you can watch on BBC One, Red Button and online from 15:10 GMT.

  100. Final practice result

    Brazil

    Fernando Alonso has done well to get his McLaren round Interlagos, let alone come in 14th.

    Felipe Massa may not be chuffed with 12th.

  101. Final practice result

    Brazil

    Valtteri Bottas in fifth, Nico Hulkenberg in sixth and Romain Grosjean in seventh have had decent run outs. No Red Bulls in that top 10.

  102. Post update

    The gap between Nico Rosberg in second and Sebastian Vettel in third is almost 0.7secs, which doesn't bode well for a thrilling qualifying battle between Mercedes and Ferrari. Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton should have quite the tussle though.

  103. Post update

    That's it for final practice. The top four has a familiar look to it:

    HAM, ROS, VET RAI.

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    Rosberg

    Nico Rosberg looked on course for a flyer after a quickest first sector, but his lap is 0.123secs down on Lewis Hamilton.

    The Ferraris are clicking into gear though. Sebastian Vettel zips to third with Kimi Raikkonen just behind.

  106. Post update

    Lewis Hamilton, on the soft option, clocks the quickest time of the weekend. It's a 1:12.070. Can Nico Rosberg respond?

  107. Post update

    Brazil

    It's gone a bit quiet on track, with most teams getting ready for a run out on the soft tyres in the final 10 minutes.

    Daniel Ricciardo is on the softs, and while he shaves a second off his time, he can't threaten the time of Nico Rosberg.

    The Red Bull man is above Lewis Hamilton into second though, with Daniil Kvyat fourth. It will be interesting to see whether the Ferraris can get in on that Mercedes-Red Bull sandwich.

  108. Post update

    Christian Horner

    Red Bull team principal Christian Horner tells the BBC commentators that his team are probably looking at a two-stop scenario come race day. 

    And he adds that Daniel Ricciardo's efforts will be focused on the race, with his 10-place grid penalty putting him at a disadvantage.

  109. Tyre concerns

    Andrew Benson

    Chief F1 writer at Interlagos

    “The debate about the 2017 Formula 1 rules continues between the teams, the FIA and Pirelli. Mercedes prepared a position paper for a meeting of the technical working group earlier this week which expressed concerns about plans to make the cars five seconds a lap faster and questioned whether the tyres would be able to cope with the increased loads.

    "But other teams at the meeting rejected Mercedes’ ideas, believing them to be rooted in a desire to retain a competitive advantage. The new rules are therefore going ahead as planned, with wider cars and tyres, changes to the front and rear wings and increased downforce from the underfloor.

    "However, there is concern about whether the tyres will be able to cope and there is a push to get data to Pirelli for it to work from as it prepares tyres for 2017, as well as finding a way somehow to get a car for it to test on that simulates aero loads that could increase by as much as 50%.”    

    It is something FIA president Jean Todt may have been asked about today.

    Jean Todt
  110. Post update

    Hamilton

    Not a pristine final practice for Lewis Hamilton so far. After that gear issue, he's now just pirouetted off the track. It's not clear whether that was caused by technicals or his eagerness to get heat into the tyres.  

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    Hamilton back out

    Lewis Hamilton sits 0.323 secs behind his team-mate Nico Rosberg, with Sebastian Vettel about another half-second further back.

    Vettel tells his Ferrari team he felt a surge from the turbo during an upturn in gear - positive feedback for his engineers.

  112. Post update

    Button

    Jenson Button is conspicuous by his on-track absence.

    His McLaren is being heavily tinkered with in the garage - no word on whether there's an issue, but it's a frustrating wait for the Briton.

    Meanwhile, Lewis Hamilton makes a brief appearance at the top of the board, before Nico Rosberg reclaims P1.

  113. Post update

    Rosberg

    Yup, he will. Nico Rosberg comes in at 1:13.753, 0.309secs quicker than Sebastian Vettel.

    Lewis Hamilton is back out, with his team saying it was a sensor issue that caused his car to slip into neutral a few minutes ago.

  114. Post update

    Hamilton

    So, while Lewis Hamilton gets the once over from his team, Nico Rosberg is on the road. Will he go top?

  115. Hamilton hampered

    A Mercedes is out on track. And now it's back in.

    Moments after emerging from the pits Lewis Hamilton comes to a standstill. He suggests it's a gear failure. But with the press of a few buttons he's going again and heading straight back to the garage.

    Hamilton
  116. 'This image is quite famous'

    Andrew Benson

    Chief F1 writer at Interlagos

    Alonso

    “Fernando Alonso inadvertently provided another defining image of McLaren’s season on Friday, when he sat on the barriers, apparently lost in thought, watching the marshals recover his car after the latest Honda engine failure on Friday afternoon.

    "This latest visual metaphor - to follow the one of him pushing his broken car back to the pits in Hungary - caused such an impact that the reaction to it had reached Alonso himself by the time he did his TV interviews after the session.

    "‘I read already this image quite famous already,’ he said, ‘but I don't know exactly what the people expect when you retire and you are waiting for the motorbike or the safety car to take you back to the garage you need to stay in one place. I didn’t do anything different'.” 

    Alonso
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    And now Sebastian Vettel goes top with a 1:14.062, making it a Ferrari one-two at the top of the board.

    Ferrari
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    Max Verstappen

    Max Verstappen has just clocked the second quickest time, 0.710secs behind Kimi Raikkonen.

    The Dutchman is in demand, it would seem, with Ferrari supposedly interested in his services.

    Red Bull aren't happy, though. Read more here.

  119. Ricciardo 10-place penalty

    Andrew Benson

    Chief F1 writer at Interlagos

    “There are two grid penalties so far this weekend. Daniel Ricciardo has a 10-place penalty for using the new Renault engine. And Williams driver Valtteri Bottas earned a three-place drop when he overtook Felipe Nasr’s Sauber while red flags were shown between Turns Five and Six in second practice, following the engine failure in Fernando Alonso’s McLaren.”

  120. Bottas grid penalty

    Williams driver Valtteri Bottas has been handed a three-place grid penalty after passing Felipe Nasr during a red flag yesterday.

    Meanwhile, Nasr is on the radio to his Sauber team: "I feel some pulling to the left on the brakes."

    The Brazilian is quickest of the early goers with a 1:14.960.

    Nasr
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    Romain Grosjean is one of the first men out on track.

    Grojean
  122. Final practice starts

    Here we go with 60 minutes of fine tuning and tinkering before the serious business of qualifying.

  123. 'It's down to the kerbs'

    Andrew Benson

    Chief F1 writer at Interlagos

    Lewis Hamilton

    “Given the pace of progress in F1, it was somewhat surprising that the times in second practice on Friday were marginally slower than those last year. But Lewis Hamilton had a simple explanation: ‘I’m pretty certain it is the kerbs. In Turn Two, there is a big kerb. It used to be flat but now you have to have a lift. In Turn Eight there is a big kerb where you used to run over it and now you can’t'."

  124. Live now on BBC Two

    Tune into final practice now on BBC One and online.

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    Andrew Benson

    Chief F1 writer at Interlagos

    “Daniel Ricciardo is sticking with the upgraded Renault engine that he used in his Red Bull on Friday. The Australian said the power increase ‘does not look like much’ but insiders say it opens up a development route for Renault for next year’s engine.

    "Red Bull will be using that next year, although they have not admitted so publicly yet, with an announcement about exactly how the relationship will continue due at or before the final race of the season in Abu Dhabi in two weeks’ time.

    "On Saturday morning, Red Bull bosses Christian Horner and Helmut Marko met with Renault Sport boss Cyril Abiteboul to discuss the next steps in a relationship which not very long ago both were seeking to terminate for good.”

    Red Bull meeting
  126. Second practice result

    Here are the top five from yesterday's second practice session:

    FP2
  127. Practice recap

    Nico Rosberg

    So what happened yesterday? You won't win prizes for guessing that the two Mercedes of Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton were quickest in practice - which means a Mercedes one-two in qualifying is expected later.

    Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen were closest, can they make in-roads today?

    Read up on yesterday's action in Andrew Benson's report.

  128. What's happening when?

    Sao Paulo

    Final practice begins at 13:00 GMT - you can watch on BBC Two or online from 12:55 GMT.

    And then qualifying is from 16:00 GMT, with coverage on BBC One, Red Button and online from 15:10 GMT.

  129. Weather update

  130. The weekend's racing

    Felipe Massa

    The race for the world championship may be over, but in Brazil there is pride and positions to play for this weekend.

    The 2015 champion Lewis Hamilton has never won in Brazil, while Nico Rosberg will hope to repeat his pole to victory conversion from here last year.

    And what about the Brazilians Felipe Massa and Felipe Nasr? Can they give the home support something to cheer about?

  131. Post update

    F1 has been reacting to the tragic events in Paris overnight.

  132. Post update

    Good afternoon and welcome to today's live coverage from the Brazilian GP in Sao Paulo. We have third practice coming up, followed by qualifying later in the day.