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Summary

  1. Rosberg fastest in second practice, Ricciardo 2nd, Hamilton 3rd
  2. Dennis' position as McLaren chairman under threat
  3. Final practice from 16:00 BST on Saturday, qualifying at 19:00

Live Reporting

By Jamie Strickland

All times stated are UK

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  1. Thanks and goodnight

    OK, that's us done for the evening. 

    It's always dangerous to read too much into practice times but you have to say Nico Rosberg looks in decent shape heading into the weekend. Add into the mix a rapid Red Bull, and Lewis Hamilton looks like he's in for quite a battle over the next couple of days as he bids to boost his title chances. 

    Click here to read Andrew Benson's FP2 report. M'coll Gary Rose will be with you for third free practice at 16:00 BST on Saturday, followed by qualifying at 19:00. 

    Bye for now.

    Rosberg
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  3. Final positions, 11-22

    11 Sainz 12 Magnussen 13 Nasr 14 Bottas 15 Kvyat 16 Massa 17 Palmer 18 Grosjean 19 Ocon 20 Gutierrez 21 Ericsson 22 Wehrlein

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  5. Spin for Sainz

    We saw a replay of a spinning Carlos Sainz as that session ended. 

    The Toro Rosso driver sailed a long way off circuit, wheels-locked, and ended with huge flat spots on his medium tyres. 

    Back to the pits for the Spaniard. 

    Sainz spins
  6. Chequered flag

    FP2 is over.

    No changes over those slower final runs so here's the final standings: 1 Rosberg 2 Ricciardo 3 Hamilton 4 Vettel 5 Verstappen 6 Hulkenberg 7 Perez 8 Button 9 Alonso 10 Raikkonen    

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  8. Someone tape up that Haas!

    More debris flying off through those fast sweeping esses, and again it's the Haas doing the shedding.

    It's Esteban Gutierrez's car losing weight on this occasion.  

    Will the FIA take a dim view of this?

    Haas mechanics look at Gutierrez's car
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  10. Ricciardo 'quicker' than Mercedes drivers

    Our very own Andrew Benson has been studying the long-run lap times and he says Daniel Ricciardo's pace in the Red Bull is a couple of tenths up on the Mercedes drivers.  

    Ricciardo
  11. Tyre trouble creeping in

    A few drivers are moaning about their tyres. 

    Lewis Hamilton has complained about a "vibration" on his set of medium tyres, while Verstappen says the softs on his Red Bull are "gone". Marcus Ericsson, meanwhile, says his tyres are "falling apart completely".

  12. Palmer spins off

    Yellow flags for the yellow car.

    That's a second off today for the British driver in the Renault. 

    He loses it in Turn 8, takes a trip backwards over the grass and then continues.

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  14. Top 10 - 20 minutes to go

    The order is not changing during these long runs. Just a reminder of the top 10 as it stands.

    1 Rosberg 2 Ricciardo 3 Hamilton 4 Vettel 5 Verstappen 6 Hulkenberg 7 Perez 8 Button 9 Alonso 10 Raikkonen  

    Rosberg remains ahead of the pack
  15. Grosjean again shedding car parts

    Our radio colleagues say that it was the Haas of Romain Grosjean liberally distributing car parts in the first sector a few minutes ago.

    The same thing happened to the Haas in FP1. 

    Interesting. Clearly there's something that doesn't want to adhere to that car through those fast esses. 

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  17. Green flag

    We're running again.

  18. On this day (2007): Raikkonen pips McLaren duo to title

    Our third and final title decider for 21 October takes us to 2007. 

    This was a weird one. Kimi Raikkonen was there or thereabouts for much of the year but fell 20 points back by just after mid-season, with the title seemingly destined for one of McLaren's drivers - Fernando Alonso and rookie Lewis Hamilton.  

    Entering the final race in Brazil, Raikkonen was seven points behind Hamilton and needing everything to go in his favour. In the end, Hamilton hit gearbox trouble and finished seventh, Alonso finished in third, and Raikkonen came through for a win after Ferrari team-mate Felipe Massa moved over. 

    Final points total: Raikkonen 110; Hamilton 109; Alonso 109. 

    2007 Brazilian GP
    Kimi Raikkonen
  19. Red flag

    The session has been halted. Looks like it's debris-related. 

    Not sure which car is shedding its component parts this time.

    Anyway, a sporting marshal has just run out and picked up the offending item.

  20. And now to the long runs...

    The teams have gone the other way now and we're onto the long, race-sim runs. The Mercedes duo are on used super-softs.