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Brazilian GP practice as it happened

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By Mark Orlovac

1749: Well that was another impressive practice session from Red Bull. How many times have we said that this season? Tomorrow's third practice and qualifying should be a corker and I'll be back from 1230 GMT to take you through it. I know you might be going out to enjoy your Friday night, but do keep an eye on the BBC website this evening as BBC Sport's very own Andrew Benson has just tweeted: "Mark Webber did not give an unqualified 'yes' when asked by BBC Sport if he would still be at Red Bull next year. More soon." Hmmm. I'm now going to brush on my N.E.R.D. band members, see you tomorrow.

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Anon via text: "Could be good for Jenson if Ferrari's weekend keeps going this way with reliability. He just needs a bit more pace."

1743: As a white van goes round Interlagos the wrong way, some wag in the office comments: 'He's got no chance of winning it'. Well we thought it was funny. Here's the rest of the top 10: Kubica (1:12.882), Button (1:13.206), Heidfeld (1:13.222), Rosberg (1:13.333) and Schumacher (1:13.346).

canchaz on 606: "Quite honestly, right from the first race, it was obvious this title was going to be Red Bull's to lose, although they did make a valiant effort to do so. Is this going to be the second year in a row, that a 'golden oldie' snatches F1's most coveted prize from the clutches of the 'young bloods'. Button last year, Webber this year?"

1738: I'm feeling very old. Right at the end of the session, there was great excitement in the office as a celeb was spotted on the pit wall. Apparently it was N.E.R.D. singer and producer Pharrell Williams. Not a clue. My colleagues are now mocking me.

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Christian via text: "Providing the car holds up, I expect Massa to turn it on for the home fans this weekend."

BBC F1 commentator Jonathan Legard on Twitter: "Schumacher could be in trouble with the stewards, turning in early on Alguersuari then slowing across his line down the hill from first turn."

Chequered flag
1730: That's your lot for FP2. Vettel ended up in first place (1:11.968) ahead of team-mate Mark Webber (1:12.072). Alonso was third, Hamilton fourth and Massa fifth. Meanwhile, Anthony Davidson says he would be very surprised if the stewards do not look at that Schumacher/Alguersuari incident. It was only a brief coming together, mind, with Schumacher brushing across Alguersuari's front wing.

1729: After what has been a pretty quiet session, the final 60 seconds have been fairly lively. Kobayashi goes sideways when he comes out from behind a Lotus into Turn One, he did very, very well to keep hold of that. Michael Schumacher and Alguersuari have a little coming together at Turn One as well, when the German comes around the outside of the Toro Rosso driver. Then Alguersuari spins coming down into Turn Four. Crikey.

1727: Vettel's Red Bull has a little twitch under braking coming into Turn One. "That's the first time I've seen the car vulnerable," says Davidson. He sets a 1:17 after that mistake and getting stuck behind Force India's Adrian Sutil on the way around. He'll have time for one more timed lap.

BBC F1 analyst Anthony Davidson: "I was expecting great things from Nico Hulkenberg. He's in a good car but in terms of qualifying he's been outpaced by Williams team-mate Rubens Barrichello."

1725: Just five minutes to go now. Every single car is out on the circuit. It's busy out there.

Pit-lane reporter Holly Samos:"Just in front of the McLaren garage and both the drivers' set-up changes have been made and Jenson is back out on used option tyres. Hamilton will follow soon."

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Bleeps and Tweaks, Manchester via text: "The pace of the Red Bulls is far too much for the others around here. The only hope Alonso et al have are that wet conditions stir things up in quali, or Red Bull do what they do best... implode!"

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Ferrari on Twitter: "Felipe had a clutch issue but we do not know yet if the cause was hydraulic, electric or something else."

Pit-lane reporter Holly Samos: "Fifteen minutes left of the session and both the McLaren drivers are back in the garage and they are both continuing to change the set up on their car. That is quite unusual to see so late in a session."

1714: In news away from the track, Hispania boss Colin Kolles says the cash-strapped team will make a big announcement about their future in the next few days. Intriguing. Woah there, Alguersuari's Toro Rosso goes sideways at Turn Four. He keeps the car running though. BBC F1 David Croft reveals the drivers who have one new engine left for the final two races and they are Rubens Barrichello, Robert Kubica, Vitaly Petrov, Sakon Yamamoto/Christian Klien and Bruno Senna. All the rest have used eight different engines this season.

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MUFC_4_E3VER on 606: "Ferrari's weekend going from bad to worse."

1709: Alonso, on the option tyres, moves up to second with a 1:12.328, Vettel third (1:12.578), Hamilton (1:12.656) and Massa (1:12.677). Button seventh (1:13.206). Hang on a minute, though, Vettel has gone purple through the first sector and... he sets the fastest time of the weekend so far, a 1:11.968. Have that.

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Ferrari on Twitter: "It looks an hydraulic problem but we need to wait until the car is back to be more precise."

McLaren reserve and test driver Gary Paffett:"We are just running through some new updates on the floor and various set-up options. Jenson struggling a bit with the rear of the car but the updates on the floor seem to be working quite well. They are not massive updates, you always want more speed and more modifications, but we are fairly happy. You have just got to run what your car is best at. It is not about targeting the Red Bulls or a particular sector. You just make the most of what you have got and see what you end up with."

BBC Radio 5 live F1 analyst Anthony Davidson: "It's going to be an interesting qualifying session on Saturday. I expect the Red Bulls to be up there, although it'll also be interesting to see how this session pans out."

1702: Massa up to third with a 1:12.578. but there are soon more problems for Ferrari. Massa goes over the kerb and then his car grinds to halt coming down to Turn Four. Almost exactly the same position as team-mate Alonso did in FP1. Ant Davidson listens to the engine on the replay and says: "The engine is fine, he's just lost drive. It's the gearbox or the driveshaft." Meanwhile, in the Red Bull corner, Mark Webber goes fastest with a 1:12.072. Button is also on the options now.

BBC Sport's Sarah Holt in Sao Paulo: "BBC presenter Jake Humphrey has been talking to Jenson Button about what it was like winning the world title here in 2009. I had a sneak preview of their chat and I was really interested to hear how Button is approaching this weekend. The McLaren driver's defence is flagging as he is 42 points behind Ferrari's Fernando Alonso in the standings but he is in defiant mood. 'The choice of taking it easy or being aggressive has been taken away from me as we're so far back. The four guys in front of me have to hold something back a little bit and tiptoe around the circuit but for me the strategy, how I set up the car and the race has to be aggressive. It's the way it has to be if I still have a chance. I'm really excited.' You can watch Jake and Jenson's chat during Saturday's qualifying show, which begins at 1500 GMT on BBC One."

1659: Heidfeld sets a 1:13.222 on the softer option tyre to move up to fifth. Massa is now out and about and he is the first of the big guns to revert to the options. Webber and Hamilton are on them now too.

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Matt via text: "Sitting up listening at 3.30am in Australia. Any chance my dedication will be rewarded with a Mark Webber world title?"

1650: Massa is now up to fourth with a 1:13.168. There was a bit of chat earlier on the Red Button about which dream tracks you would like to see back on the calendar and the texts we have had in so far have named Elkhart Lake, the old Interlagos circuit, A1 Ring, Watkins Glen and Estoril among others. Keep them coming in.

Pit-lane reporter Holly Samos:"At the last race there were quite a few rumours of management changes at Mercedes and they are continuing here. The engineer that Nico Rosberg worked with at Williams has been linked with a move to the team along with Renault's Mark Slade. These are interesting moves to make Mercedes competitive right at the front of the pack next season rather than the fourth place they will pick up this year."

bshale on Twitter: "Re: Tristian definitely! Unless they were both driving for Red Bull."
Ouch.

1644:It's pretty quiet on the timesheets now as the drivers concentrate on longer runs. Massa goes wide at Turn One but is well away from the tyre wall and can continue. Button is fifth fastest (1:13.366) with Alonso sixth (1:13.392). BBC F1 commentator David Croft comes out with a great stat: there has been eight changes of championship lead in 2010, which is a record equalling figure.

BBC Radio 5 live F1 analyst Anthony Davidson on Interlagos: "It's a real street-fighter circuit. The car never does what you want it to do. It's a track that's punching on the tyres, you have to play it right with the them."

BBC Sport's Andrew Benson in Sao Paulo: "I was chatting to Mark Webber in the break between practice sessions, and he was saying that the drivers will have to do all their race set-up work in this afternoon's practice session because, as the Australian puts it, 'tomorrow's going to be wet' - and he put special emphasis on the last word. Definitely? I asked. 'Yep.'"

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From Tristan in Oxfordshire via text: "If Alonso or Hamilton drove for Red Bull, would the title be wrapped up by now?"

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RJC via text: "Thank you BBC for helping me through the long Friday hours. My bet is on Webber for the championship, Lewis second after two inspired drives and Alonso's engine giving up spectacularly."

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SingaporeTD on Twitter: " Hi from Singapore. 2009 F1 Rock in Singapore - Simple Minds fantastic!"
"Lemmee see yer hands." Emotional scenes.

1631: More on Petrov after his crash in FP1. He has completed seven laps this afternoon after what Holly Samos says was some hard work in the Renault garage during the interval. "They managed to get a whole new rear wing on and get the 'F-duct' aero device working properly," she says. Hamilton is in third with a 1:12.940. "That car looks good," says Ant Davidson.

noobhands on Twitter: "I'm at work watching FP2... don't tell anyone!"
Don't worry, we won't.

Former F1 world champion Sir Jackie Stewart on our Red Button coverage: "I think it has been the most exciting since championship since the late 1960s. In those days we had eight drivers going into the championship with the potential of winning it. This season we've got five challengers with two races to go and that's great because it has been such a long season. I think Fernando Alonso is the best equipped to win the championship. But I don't think the world would be as excited if he won it as if Mark Webber did."

1623: Vettel is speeding up and posts a 1:12.671 to go second. By the way, BBC pit-lane reporter Holly Samos says she has heard from Sauber and they report that Kamui Kobayashi ran over some debris on the track in the first session and that caused a puncture which sent him into a spin. So there you go.

BBC Sport's Andrew Benson in Sao Paulo: "With regard to Nico Hulkenberg's future at Williams (see 1605), that situation has taken an intriguing twist here in Brazil. It had been thought that Hulkenberg could lose his drive because the team may need to take a pay-driver in 2011 - with Venezuelan Pastor Maldonado, the GP2 champion, the hot tip. And that is still what could happen. But the latest rumour is that, actually, veteran Rubens Barrichello's position could be under threat."

1619: Webber returns to the top of the timesheets with a 1:12.569. Vettel is up to fourth after a 1:13.342, Alonso fifth (1:13.457). Meanwhile, our very own Andrew Benson has some intriguing chat on the driver line-up at Williams. More on that in a moment...

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Ferrari on Twitter: "Both drivers are doing their first run now, on hard tyres."

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Force India on Twitter: "Tonio [Liuzzi]comes back into the garage, few changes to the car including fitting new brake ducts. Best lap that run 1:14.756."

1613: McLaren's Lewis Hamilton is quickest now after a 1:13.048, then it's Robert Kubica (1:13.771), Heidfeld (1:13.806), Schumacher (1:13.818) and Massa (1:13.840). Looking quite cloudy in Brazil now, although it's not as bleak as here in west London.

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domcovkid on Twitter: "Di Grassi sounds genuinely happy to be driving in Brazil. Fair play to him; nice to see some proper emotion!"
Here, here. It was absolutely brilliant.

BBC F1 analyst Anthony Davidson on Alonso's earlier engine problems: "It does go to show how concerned they are with the situation they are facing. They are on their last engine for the last two races and they are vulnerable."

Pit-lane reporter Holly Samos: "It is very hot down here. 31 degrees in the pit lane. It is pretty breezy, there are a few clouds in the blue sky and I'm sure we will see some rain because we always do in Interlagos. McLaren spent most the first session assessing all those extra parts that they have brought here to beat the Red Bulls."

1605: Hold on. We have a time and the session isn't 20 minutes old. Awesome. There are 12 times already. Nick Heidfeld is the man at the top of the list with a 1:14.367, with Nico Hulkenberg (1:15.828) in second. Hulkenberg's future at Williams has been the subject of much speculation but last week, Sir Frank Williams indicated that he could be with the team next year. Williams told the BBC: "It was a little disappointing, maybe, in the first few races, perhaps because he was being over-cautious but lately he has become very competitive and we have just seen the beginning of something exceptional."

1600: We are up and running. Christian Klien is the first man out on the track. It is sometime easy to become complacent what this sport means to F1 drivers but listening to Virgin Racing's Lucas di Grassi, who is back in his car in place of Jerome d'Ambrosio, as he takes to the Interlagos track for the first time, is heart warming. "It's really nice to be driving at my home in a F1 car," he says over the radio. "It's an amazing experience." The excitement in his voice is incredible. I want to give him a cuddle.

The busy Interlagos paddock
"Coming through..."
BBC Sport's Sarah Holt in Sao Paulo: "The narrow strip between the team's hospitality areas and garages is what constitutes the paddock at Interlagos and it was thriving this lunchtime. Bustling and bumping into each other in the hot sunshine came drivers including Fernando Alonso - who somehow managed to create a space around him - team bosses and their personnel and the hungry media throng. The fastest man in first practice, Sebastian Vettel, sat down outside Red Bull with his racesuit shoved down to his waist to tuck into a plate of rice and roasted vegetables. I even managed to run into newshound Andrew Benson, who papped me - oh and Williams driver Rubens Barrichello - to show you just how hectic it is."

1555: And we are go on the Red Button, BBC Radio 5 live sports extra and in the console at the top of this page.

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bykimbo on Twitter: "Just catching up, and I think the paint colour you were looking for earlier was 'Dismal: White with a hint of depression'."

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Flux Redux on 606: "Wouldn't Fleetwood Mac be more appropriate for a Grand Prix party?"
A good point, and as much as I'm partial to a McVie/Buckingham/Nicks composition, I'm still sticking with Marillion.

1544: In case you missed out on FP1 earlier today, let me bring you right up to date. The Red Bull duo of Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber set the pace, with the McLarens of Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button in third and fourth. Ferrari's Fernando Alonso stopped at the end of the session with a kaput engine, although the team said they were planning to change it ahead of FP2 anyway. Oh, and Vitaly Petrov and Kamui Kobayashi both crashed. Take a look at the highlights if you fancy.

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Matt, Melton Mowbray via text: "Good afternoon. I've got the day off and was looking forward to watching the practice. Unfortunately my girlfriend's little girl has come down with chicken pox so we are watching Peppa Pig instead! I'm praying for Jenson! Oink Oink!"
And what a fine programme that is. Although I now have the theme tune going around and around in my head.

1539: Remember that I will need all of your chat this afternoon. You can keep it F1 if you like, or you could take the mickey out of my Marillion/Simple Minds addiction. It's up to you. Get involved using 606, Twitter or text via 81111 (UK) or +44 7786200666 (worldwide) with FORMULA 1 before your message.

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Mark via text: "Who mentioned Marillion? What a fabulous line up for a Grand Prix party that would make!"
I couldn't agree more!

1534: I'm thinking that I definitely need a few runs up the stairs a bit later to get rid of that doughnut. Anyway, hello to you. I know it's that Friday afternoon lull, when it's just a little too early to go home, but let us liven up the final few hours of the week with a bit of second practice. It all gets going at 1600 GMT. Lovely.

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1530: Welcome back. Unfortunately it was a poor break in terms of celeb spotting but a colleague has just bought a doughnut for everyone on the F1 desk. Tremendous. I could kiss him.


1348: As dreamily look at the blue skies at Interlagos on my telly and then compare them with the grey clouds out of my window here in west London (I wonder what they would be called on a paint colour chart, dreary November?) it's time to sign off for a while. The report is here for you to have a look at during the break. I'll be back at 1530 GMT to take you through FP2. I'm off to try to find some Strictly Come Dancing celebrities...

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Mike Adams on 606: "Webber to win, Vettel second, Alonso third this weekend. Difference in title race then one point. In Abu-Dhabi, Webber taken out by Vettel while leading. Webber condemned by all involved in Red Bull team for daring to try to win title."

1343: Here's the rest of the top 10 for you. Rosberg (1:13.516), Barrichello (1:13.546), Schumacher (1:13.643), Sutil (1:13.918) and Heidfeld (1:14.000). Alonso was 13th quickest with a 1:14.246.

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Bennett, in Newport, pretending to work via text: "For the purposes of everyone still being in it after the race, here is my desired top seven: Button, Massa, Vettel, Hamilton, Kubica, Webber, Alonso. Odds please, anyone?"

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OriginalJonBlaze on 606: "I am jealous about the Eminem and N.E.R.D concert. Formula 1 and hip hop concerts... Brazil is the place to be this weekend."
Sprinkle in a bit of Simple Minds and Marillion and it would be absolutely perfect!

BBC F1 commentator Jonathan Legard on Twitter: "Not surprising to hear that no plans to confirm Petrov this weekend! But told likely he will stay for 2011."

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steph_grimes on Twitter: "Funny that you should mention Webber's contract as I Googled it after his remarks. It seems he is not happy at Team Vettel."

Chequered flag
1330: And that's your lot. Vettel is quickest (1:12.328) and he is followed by Webber (1:12.810), Hamilton (1:12.845), Button (1:13.267) and Kubica (1:13.370). Alonso looks ruefully at his car as it is cleared from the track. Here's pit-lane reporter Holly Samos: "Alonso's engine was at the end of its life. They said it was going to go any second. They had already tweeted the engine was going to be changed between the two sessions."

1329: Actually there's two problems. Alonso's Ferrari has ground to a halt at Turn Four. Crikey, that engine does not sound good at all. Kobayashi has a moment at exactly at the same place as Petrov and he smacks his Sauber into the tyre wall. Well that was a fun way to end the session.

1328: By the way, just in case I didn't make it clear earlier on, Petrov's car was a bit of a mess. Elsewhere, Hamilton reports back to his team that he has flatspotted his tyres but his team assure him that it is safe to carry on. Hang on... yellow flag. What's happened?

BBC Sport's Andrew Benson at Interlagos: "The British tabloids are still taking every opportunity they get to bait Fernando Alonso on the subject of team orders, and the Spaniard continues to deadpan his answers, absolutely refusing to get annoyed. One journalist tried a new tack on Thursday when he complimented Alonso on staying calm in the face of all the goading. When was the last time you got really angry, he was asked? The Spaniard thought for a second. "Maybe with the referee last night, Real Madrid v Milan," he said. "The second Milan goal was offside, so I wasn't very happy about that."

TheTomStacey on Twitter: "I reckon Kubica should move to Red Bull next year if Webber retires, he needs a winning car underneath him."

Pit-lane reporter Ted Kravitz near the Ferrari pits: "There's a worry at Ferrari about engine failure. There are a lot of set-up changes going on. They're moving some weight really far forward in the car."

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1321: More troubles for Petrov. He crashed out in Japan and Korea and has spanked it into the wall at Turn Seven. Bosh. That's going to be a busy lunchtime down in the Renault garage then. "We are not that surprised as we have seen this before," says BBC F1 analyst Anthony Davidson. "It was clear driver error, turning in and the back snapping out on him." Wonder what that means for his future with the team?

jonny_kelly on Twitter: "Kobayashi to Red Bull!!!"

1315: On our Red Button coverage there's more speculation about Mark Webber and his Red Bull future. The Aussie did sign a one-year contract extension back in June but BBC pit-lane reporter Holly Samos says the rumour in the paddock is that he will leave Red Bull at the end of the season whether he wins the title or not. Interesting. Kravitz says the chat is that Webber wouldn't go to another team if he left Red Bull and would simply retire. Anyway, Button is up to fourth with a 1:13.267.

1311: Vettel's Red Bull team-mate Webber is now second. How ominous is this for the rest of the field? BBC F1 analyst Anthony Davidson: "The Red Bulls look stuck to the ground. It's Friday and the track is not in a good condition, nevertheless the Red Bulls look very stable. They are looking good yet again and that is to be expected around this track."

1307: There is a very, very brief yellow flag as Alguersuari pirouettes at Turn One. Ted Kravitz notes that McLaren are making big changes to the rear suspension of Hamilton's car. "Lewis says that his car is too oversteery at the moment," he adds. Vettel improves to a 1:12.328.

BBC F1 commentator Jonathan Legard: "The build-up here has been dominated by in-house arguments at Red Bull. I saw team boss Christian Horner and Mark Webber having a heart-to-heart outside the Red Bull hospitality area last night. Webber in particular looked very animated. The Australian's mood won't have been helped by a comment made by Sebastian Vettel in an interview with German TV. He said 'If Mark needs help then he should take the medical car'. On the basis of that remark, it's hard to see how Horner can believe that Vettel will do anything to help Webber's cause if and when the German is out of title contention."

1302: Vettel is now top (1:12.351) with Hamilton second fastest (1:12.845). On BBC Radio 5 live sports extra David Croft informs us that tonight he is going to see Eminem, who is performing as part of the event entertainment this weekend. Apparently, a band?, called N.E.R.D. are also playing. Never heard of them. I'm down with the kids, me.

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner on Mark Webber: "I'm quite surprised at Mark's comments - it's not the way he's perceived in the team. All his race wins have been in this car. Mark's a wily character and sometimes likes to use situations to motivate himself. He needs to get down and focus on the job. I guess there's an added dimension when his team-mate is one of his competitors."

1258: BBC pit-lane reporter Ted Kravitz confirms that there has been a rear wing change for Jenson Button. "It is one of two aero pieces that are slightly different to Lewis Hamilton's, he also has a different front wing," he adds. "He feels they suit his driving style better and he is going with what he knows."

BBC Sport's Andrew Benson in Sao Paulo: "Lotus have finally announced they will use Renault engines next year, which has been an open secret for months. However, it is looking increasingly likely that the team will be forced to change its name as a result of the row over the rights to the use of the Lotus name. Renault's news release refers to the "1Malaysia Racing Team", not Lotus, and the team's does not mention the word Lotus. There are strong rumours here that, actually, Lotus Cars owner Proton will buy into the Renault team and that they will be re-named Lotus-Renault in 2011."

1254: And there's Webber with a 1:13.168 to go top of the pops. BBC pit-lane reporter Ted Kravitz says the Australian has "got that early attack in on Vettel". He adds: "Vettel is on a nine-lap run so don't expect to see fast times from him just yet."

Bubba2776 on Twitter: "Nowt wrong with UCE big lad. Wonder if they still have the paternosters in Baker building? Health & safety nightmare!!"
Excellent, someone else who has been there!! A very exclusive club.

1245: Movement at the top of the leaderboard now. Rubens Barrichello leads the way with a 1:13.546, then it is Michael Schumacher in his Mercedes (1:13.643) with Webber (1:14.113) third quickest. Glock, Hamilton, Button and Vettel are the only drivers yet to post a time.

BBC Sport's Andrew Benson in Sao Paulo: "I can officially reveal it is really quite hot now. I've just walked from the media centre down to the TV compound and back again to fetch my 'talkback' head set that allows me to listen to the BBC commentary. The TV offices are right down the bottom of the hill here, inside Turn Three, while the media centre, above the pits, is not only at the top of the hill but up several flights of stairs, and I have to admit I'm a bit sweaty. The F1 timing screens say it's 'only' 27C but the mercury is definitely heading up."

1239: Petrov improves to a 1:14.370 with Sauber's Nick Heidfeld second (1:14.764). Here's a weather update from our very own weatherman Ian Fergusson. There's quite a big chance of heavy rain for qualifying tomorrow although the race should be dry.

BBC Sport's Sarah Holt in Sao Paulo: "Hello from Brazil's largest city; the white skyscraper metropolis of Sao Paulo where the nose-to-tail traffic crawls along the Tiete river and up to the Interlagos circuit where the fastest cars in the world have raced since 1972. It is another stifling, sunny day here and tensions have already boiled over in the heat of the title fight. While Ferrari's championship leader Fernando Alonso has glided up and down the paddock as the epitome of cool and McLaren's Lewis Hamilton was remarkably chipper, the atmosphere in Red Bull's dollhouse motorhome was palpable. Mark Webber provided the first drama of the weekend by accusing the team of not giving him their full emotional support. You can get the feeling that's just a taster of things to come over the next three days."

1234: And we have a few more times now. Yippee. Renault's Vitaly Petrov sets a 1:14.659, then it is Toro Rosso's Jaime Alguersuari (1:15.654), Klien (1:17.023), d'Ambrosio (1:18.203) and Bruno Senna (1:19.958).

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Ferrari on Twitter: "A lot of talk concerned the engine management on Fernando's car. The situation is going on according to plans. In order to manage the mileage in the best way we will change his engine unit between the two sessions so don't get worried if you will see the mechanics working on car number eight between the sessions!"

BBC F1 analyst Anthony Davidson on Fernando Alonso: "He has put himself in the best possible position, not just in terms of points but mentally as well. He is like an angry dog and will not let it go. The only thing that will hamper him is reliability. He has pretty tired engines behind him."

1223: It's all pretty relaxed out there at the moment. Still only one time. There's Felipe Massa chatting in his garage. The Brazilian, a two-time winner here, revealed to f1.com this week that he is mates with Eric Clapton, that he is afraid of heights and that football gives him the biggest buzz outside F1. I'm glad I don't have to those Q&As as the bit where they ask what was the last book I read, it wouldn't be something high-brow, it would be Dear Zoo.

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Cell6six6 on Twitter: "Mark will dig deep as he did mid season and show his true Oz grit. Red Bull need to get behind Mark or lose both championships."

BBC F1 analyst Anthony Davidson on Mark Webber: "I think he is going to have a good weekend. Mark has a very good car and he is good around here. I thought that mentally he was not really there in Korea but he has arrived here a lot more bullish and is ready to do battle. The pressure is off. He is not leading the championship."

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Tisiphone on 606: "Wonder what the odds are of Webber & Vettel taking each other out on Sunday are??"

1212: Apologies for the problems with the live feed in the stream at the top of this page by the way. Our very best people are on it. I'll keep you informed about any updates. BBC pit-lane reporter Ted Kravitz notes that Mercedes are testing a 2011 diffuser in this session. No more times on the board at the mo.

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Ferrari on Twitter: "The weather forecasts say that there is a small chance of rain this afternoon and a much higher chance tomorrow morning."

1205: We only have one time on the board so far. That's the Toro Rosso of Sebastian Buemi with a 1:27.979. By the way, what did you make of Webber's comments yesterday about the situation at Red Bull? The issue of favouritism has been a pretty hot topic in that team this season and here's what the Australian said: "I think I wasn't supposed to be in the hunt. At all. So it's been maybe quite inconvenient, but I've enjoyed every bit of it." When a journalist suggested that he did not feel the team were emotionally behind him, he said: "It's obvious, isn't it?" Interesting.

1200: And we are off. Jerome d'Ambrosio, who has been linked with a race drive with Virgin Racing next season, is in Lucas di Grassi's car for first practice while Christian Klien is in Sakon Yamamoto's seat for Hispania this weekend.

The sun is out
1155: That last entry has worn me out. Anyway, coverage is now up and running on the Red Button, BBC Radio 5 live sports extra as well as in the console at the top of this page. First practice starts at 1200 GMT. And it's sunny. Lovely.

1150: My second class Economics degree from the University of Central England in Birmingham (that's Brum Poly to you and me) has not really given me the skills to work out all the figures but luckily someone brainier than I has done it for me. Here we go.
If Alonso wins in Brazil, he will be champion unless Webber is higher than fifth.
If Alonso is second, he will be champion unless Webber is higher than eighth, Hamilton higher than fourth or Vettel wins.
If Alonso is third, he will be champion unless Webber finishes in the top 10, Hamilton in the top four and Vettel in the top three.
If Alonso does not finish on the podium, it will go to Abu Dhabi.
Button can only stay in contention if he finishes first or second but is out if Alonso finishes in the top six or if Webber is in the top two.
Vettel must beat Alonso on track to stay in contention. Phew.

1146: So Alonso's fine run of form has given him an 11 point lead at the top of the championship standings, with Red Bull's Mark Webber in second and McLaren's Lewis Hamilton a further 10 points adrift. Webber's team-mate Sebastian Vettel is 25 points behind Alonso and McLaren's Jenson Button is 42 points off the lead and seemingly needing a miracle if he is to successfully defend his title. Permutations to follow...

seanbhoy87 on Twitter: "Morning Orlo. Is this the weekend Hamilton throws a spanner in the works & we go to the final race? I can't wait, bring it on!"

Twitter
RichArrowsmith on 606: "Red Bull are just gonna be too good this weekend. It'll be decided in Abu Dhabi!"

1138: Championship battles cry out for championship messages and I'm going to need your input this weekend. You can get in touch via the normal methods, 606, Twitter or text on 81111 (UK) or +44 7786200666 (worldwide) with FORMULA 1 before your message. At the moment the top message in the inbox is from someone requesting a Skatman song. Don't think it's for me.

1133: Hello gang. Hope you are well. Yep, I'm pretty pumped for this weekend I can tell you. Imagine how I felt earlier this week upon hearing the news that the Backstreet Boys and New Kids On The Block are to tour next year, and then multiply that by 10. One word. Buzzing.

1130: Given its place in the F1 calendar, it's hardly surprising that the last five world titles have been settled at Interlagos. Championship leader Fernando Alonso has won three of the last four races, and four of the last seven, and is the only challenger who can keep that run going this weekend. Excited?



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Results

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

see also
Red Bull dominate Brazil practice
05 Nov 10 |  Formula 1
Lotus confirm Renault engine deal
05 Nov 10 |  Formula 1
Red Bull favour Vettel - Webber
04 Nov 10 |  Formula 1
Massa to assist Alonso title bid
04 Nov 10 |  Formula 1
Button may play supporting role
03 Nov 10 |  Formula 1
Hamilton happy to chase for title
02 Nov 10 |  Formula 1
Williams agree Hispania link-up
02 Nov 10 |  Formula 1
McLaren promise to support Button
29 Oct 10 |  Formula 1
Williams impressed by Hulkenberg
29 Oct 10 |  Formula 1
Vettel not giving up title dream
27 Oct 10 |  Formula 1
Button downbeat on title chances
24 Oct 10 |  Formula 1
Red Bull 'will not favour Webber'
24 Oct 10 |  Formula 1
Alonso wins as Red Bull implode
24 Oct 10 |  Formula 1


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