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Brazilian Grand Prix practice as it happened


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By Lawrence Barretto

1755: For now, here's Andrew Benson's practice report and I do hope you'll join us from 1230 GMT on Saturday with third practice kicking off at 1300 GMT. It's been a pleasure.

1750: So that's it for the final Friday practice session of 2011. It's difficult to tell who has the upper hand, especially as Sebastian Vettel and Red Bull tend to keep their cards close to their chest on Friday afternoon. Will the predicted thunderstorms come into play? Will Lewis Hamilton manage to usurp the dominant Red Bulls? All will be revealed Saturday afternoon in qualifying.

Sauber on Twitter: "FP2 with focus on race preparation: #Kamui P14. #Checo - who had a gearbox issue towards the end of the session - P13."

1740: Team Lotus win the battle of the new teams with Jarno Trulli beating team-mate Heikki Kovalainen by 0.046secs with the Virgins of Jerome D'Ambrosio and Timo Glock 1.5secs further back and the HRTs of Daniel Ricciardo and Tonio Liuzzi bringing up the rear.

1737: There's a nice symmetry to the rest of the order with the Renaults of Vitaly Petrov and Bruno Senna heading the Saubers of Sergio Perez and Kamui Kobayashi. Next come the Toro Rossos of Sebastien Buemi and Jaime Alguersuari and the Williams of Pastor Maldonado and Rubens Barrichello.

1733: So the top eight - Hamilton, Vettel, Webber, Alonso, Schumacher, Massa, Button and Rosberg - finish within half a second of each other but their respective fuel loads are unclear. Force India duo Adrian Sutil and Paul di Resta complete the top 10.

Chequered flag

1728: It's been another tough afternoon for veteran Rubens Barrichello who is refusing to treat his home race as his last in Formula 1 despite being unlikely to retain his seat at Williams next season. The Brazilian is 2.511secs slower than leader Hamilton and three tenths shy of his younger team-mate Pastor Maldonado.

1725: With five minutes to go, Lewis Hamilton is flying high at the top ahead of the Red Bull duo of Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber. Fernando Alonso is only 0.206secs off the fastest time in fourth with Michael Schumacher fifth, Felipe Massa sixth and Jenson Button seventh.

1720: Sergio Perez has called it a day as he flies off the track at Juncao before his Sauber grinds to a halt. He stayed put in the car for a few minutes, almost as if he didn't want to admit defeat, but eventually jumps out when the marshals arrive to take his car away.

1716: It's mighty close at the top with the top eight seperated by a mere half a second. That sets it up nicely for the rest of the weekend but as we've seen this season, Red Bull and Sebastian Vettel rarely show their hand on Friday. The times have dropped into the 1m18s now as the teams switch their focus to long runs.

1713: And after speaking to Pirelli motorsport director Paul Hembery, BBC 5 live pit-lane reporter Natalie Pinkham has come up with a fact of her own: Pirelli have produced 70,000 tyres this season. That's a lot of rubber.

1708: Startling fact here from BBC 5 live commentator David Croft: Paul di Resta has completed the most racing laps this year. Talking of Di Resta, he's doing a decent job and is currently running 10th fastest but he's seven tenths slower than Force India team-mate Adrian Sutil who is one spot ahead of him.

@alastairgordon on Twitter: "Rubens Barrichello has driven 50,000 miles in his racing career spanning 20 years #BBCF1 #Jealous #F1Legends"

1704: Right, that's more like it. Sebastian Vettel gets a clean lap to go second with a 1:13.559. That's just 0.028secs quicker than Red Bull team-mate Mark Webber. Hamilton is still top, mind.

1702: The Red Bulls are the last of the big guns to turn to the soft tyres but their initial runs are a little disappointing. Mark Webber is held up by traffic, forcing him to back out of the lap while Sebastian Vettel can only just creep into the 1m13s with a 1:13.999, 0.607secs of Hamilton's leading pace to go eighth. The Milton Keynes-based boys have some work to do.

1659: Paul di Resta wobbles his Force India off onto the grass before literally getting back on track. Di Resta, Adrian Sutil and reserve Nico Hulkenberg - who took a shock pole position for Williams in Brazil last year - are locked in a three-way fight for a Force India drive in 2012. BBC 5 live pit-lane reporter Natalie Pinkham has revealed that team boss Vijay Mallya could be plotting to be a bit of a party pooper. She says there's a rumour that the annoucement on the team's 2012 driver line-up will be made at the team's Christmas party. Merry Christmas indeed.

1655: Jenson Button is the first man to bolt on the soft tyres but his first flying lap is still 0.064secs slower than Michael Schumacher. His team-mate Lewis Hamilton makes no mistake, though, as he pops his McLaren up into top spot on his first soft tyre run.

1650: Now it's the turn of four-time Brazilian GP winner Michael Schumacher to top the timesheets with his first flying lap on the soft tyres. He clocks 1:13.723 but that's only 0.129secs quicker than Lewis Hamilton's medium tyre run.

1647: Bruno Senna completes his first run on the soft tyres and jumps up the leaderboard to seventh with a 1:14.937. Next time around he promptly runs off track. Up front, Nico Rosberg puts his soft tyres to good use by going second fastest with a 1:13.872, just 0.02secs off Hamilton.

1645: We've hit the half-way point of the session and still no soft tyre runs from the big guns. At the moment, the McLarens lead the Red Bulls who lead the Ferraris. The Saubers of Sergio Perez and Kamui Kobayashi are seventh and eighth respectively but those runs were done on the faster softer tyre, mind.

1640: Still not seeing much action out on track. Less than a second separates the top six drivers - Hamilton, Button, Webber, Vettel, Massa and Alonso. That might all change when the teams bolt on the grippy soft tyres.

BBC Sport's Andrew Benson in Sao Paulo: "It's an absolutely gorgeous afternoon here at Interlagos. There are forecasts of rain for Sunday, but there is a barely a cloud in the sky right now. The sunny mood appears to be reflected among the team principals, who met this morning to try to sort out their differences on the Resource Restriction Agreement, which sets out how much they can spend and how they can do so. It has become an increasingly thorny subject, with fingers pointing in various directions, but one team principal told me just before second practice that the meeting had been a success. 'We know we have found a solution,' he said. 'We just need more time to discuss it.'"

1635: Fernando Alonso's eventful afternoon continues as he controls a drift on the exit of the final corner. The Ferrari driver is sixth fastest, one place behind Felipe Massa.

Renault on Twitter: "Feedback from Vitaly - less rear locking from putting the bias forwards and car generally feeling better than first run. Bruno's coming in."

Team Lotus on Twitter: "Both cars are back on track again, with ride height, braking and suspension adjustments between them. Medium tyres again."

It's good news for a Brit
1630: Good news people, the tennis has finished which means you can settle down to see the final hour of practice on the Red Button.

1625:Felipe Massa gets agonisingly close to Jarno Trulli as he struggles to get by him during his flying lap. The track is very busy which means drivers are slowing down into the final corners as they desperately try to find space for a clear lap. That obviously backs everyone else up which creates a sort of queue of expensive F1 cars out on track.

1620: Apologies that the F1 isn't on the Red Button at the moment. There's an exciting tennis match happening, you see. We'll let you know when it returns but in the meantime, you can follow coverage in the video module above or listen to BBC Radio 5 live sports extra.

1616: Lewis Hamilton is the first man into the 1m13s to leapfrog his McLaren team-mate Jenson Button. Red Bull's Mark Webber has just popped into third with team-mate Sebastian Vettel a tenth off in fourth.

1610: Jenson Button heads to the top of the timesheets with a 1:15.190, 0.383secs ahead of team-mate Lewis Hamilton. Everybody has set a timed lap apart from the Red Bulls of Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber.

Bernie Ecclestone

Ecclestone confident 2012 Bahrain GP will go ahead

BBC Sport's Andrew Benson in Interlagos: "F1, as they say, never stops, and attention here at the last race of the season is already beginning to divert towards next year. Few subjects are as vexed as where the teams will be racing. There are 20 grands prix on the 2012 calendar but three of them have question marks over them - Bahrain, Korea and the proposed new race in Austin, Texas. BBC Sport spoke to Bernie Ecclestone on Thursday about all of them. He shrugged off doubts about Bahrain, despite a critical report into human rights abuses being published this week. He said the race in Austin was 'most unlikely' to happen because organisers had no contract and had not paid him, but said he was trying to help out the Koreans, who say they can no longer afford his fee."

1605: Sauber's Sergio Perez is the early pace-setter as he flies around Interlagos in a time of 1:16.712. Timo Glock has a moment when the rear end of his Virgin steps out, but the German catches it and continues on his way.

1600: And it's go, go, go again in Sao Paulo as a flurry of cars leave the pits once more.

A celeb has been spotted
1552: Time for a pre-practice celeb spot. Singers Macy Gray and Jessie J have dropped by to meet with F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone. The duo are in town after playing a gig in Sao Paulo last night.

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1545: There's exactly 15 minutes until the lights go green for another 90-minute session. You can watch the action live in the video player at the top of this page or on the Red Button. There's also commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra if you can't get to a screen. Once again, you can have you say on all things F1 by tweeting me @lawrobarretto using the Twitter hashtag #BBCF1 or texting us on 81111 (UK).

1540: What did you think of Jenson Button's Classic F1? Were you as shocked as me that he didn't include the epic rain-hit 2006 Hungarian Grand Prix - the scene of his first victory?

1535: Red Bull's Mark Webber took the spoils in FP1, edging out the McLarens of Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton with his team-mate Sebastian Vettel down in fourth. Can the Australian maintain his advantage over McLaren and his more illustrious team-mate in FP2 or was his early performance simply a flash in the pan?

BBC Sport's Andrew Benson in Interlagos: "The Brazilian fans are renowned for their passion for F1, a feeling that was aroused by no one more than the late Ayrton Senna. The three-time world champion's nephew, Bruno, is racing for the second time in front of his home crowd this weekend, and he is hoping for a better weekend than the one he endured with struggling HRT last year. Despite his famous uncle, Bruno says he is not mobbed on the streets of Sao Paulo, his home town. 'People recognise me, but they don't attack me. I'm not any type of superstar.' Senna says he has no news about whether he will have a drive next year, but he is hoping to stay with Renault."

The sun is out
1530: Back we go to Sao Paulo where bright blue sky, heaving grandstands and one of the most beautifully crafted circuits in the world greets the drivers. There's just 30 minutes to go until the final second free practice of the season gets under way where we should see the drivers getting to grips with the soft rubber for the first time. Welcome.

1355: On that note, I'm off to refuel with a fresh brew and cheesy jacket potato before going again in second free practice. I'll be back at 1530 GMT with the session kicking off at 1600 GMT. I do hope you'll join me.

1350: If you're wondering how you're going to fill the gap between first and second practice, may I suggest two spiffing options. Firstly, tuck into our man Andrew Benson's FP1 report and then check out the aforementioned Jenson Button's Classic F1 races? I reckon you'll be surprised to find he's left out what I believe is one of his greatest races.

@eastdesign on Twitter: "Can't believe its the last #f1 race, where has the year and for that matter my year gone? #bbcf1."

Team Lotus chief technical officer Mike Gascoyne on Twitter: "Good session, and very good job from Luis Razia this morning."

1336: Luis Razia did himself plenty of favours with an impressive performance in the Team Lotus. The Brazilian was just 0.081secs off regular driver Heikki Kovalainen and seems to have impressed the team's chief technical officer Mike Gascoyne...

1332: So Mark Webber tops practice with a time of 1:13.811, 0.014secs quicker than Jenson Button. Lewis Hamilton was third, though BBC F1 pit-lane reporter Ted Kravitz reports that the 2008 world champion had an issue towards the end of the session. More on that when we have it. Sebastian Vettel was fourth, Felipe Massa fifth and Fernando Alonso sixth despite that engine issue. Michael Schumacher, Nico Hulkenberg, Paul Di Resta and Nico Rosberg complete the top 10.

Chequered flag

1328: There's a late flurry of action as everyone apart from Lewis Hamilton and Romain Grosjean is out on track as they aim to maximise their track time. Webber still top, though Button is only 0.014secs off that time, mind. Interestingly, it doesn't look like anyone has used the soft tyres in this session so watch up for the real quick laps in FP2.

Ferrari on Twitter: "Engine failure for Fernando, who had to park the car."

1323: Fernando Alonso is in a spot of bother as he pulls his Ferrari off the track. "I think I have a problem with the engine, can you check it?" says Alonso on his team radio.

1320: We've only got 10 minutes to go and Mark Webber still leads the times ahead of Jenson Button, Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel. Elsewhere, it's worth noting that Force India reserve driver Nico Hulkenberg is outpacing regular driver Paul di Resta while Romain Grosjean is faster than Renault's regular driver Bruno Senna despite his clutch problem. Those two will be pleased as they eye a promotion to a race seat for next season.

@nickslobodyanyk on Twitter: "Would love Schumacher to finish above Rosberg in the table. He deserves to be number one for one more season #BBCF1."

BBC pit-lane reporter Ted Kravitz: "We all believe that Jamie Alguersuari and Sebastian Buemi will be booted out at Toro Rosso and Jean-Eric Vergne and Daniel Ricciardo will come in. That seems to be the logic because first of all is there anywhere else Red Bull can place those those two young driver? But it's a shame to invest all that time and money into Buemi and Alguersuari and then boot them out into what?"

1314: With 16 minutes to go, BBC Sport columnist Mark Webber, who described this race as one of the best on the calendar in his latest column, shoots to the top of the timings with a 1:13.811. Let's not forget the Australian won this race in 2009 and will be desperate to take his first win of 2011.

BBC Sport's Andrew Benson in Sao Paulo: "Hamilton has never been far from the headlines this season, with three brilliant wins and a series of on and off-track controversies. He was again very open in talking about his difficulties here on Thursday, and it seems his topsy-turvy personal life may be taking another twist. After he and pop star girlfriend Nicole Scherzinger brought an end to their four-year relationship last month, Hamilton has revealed here that he spent some time with her in Los Angeles before coming to Brazil, and he arrived here wearing a long black necklace and cross, which he said was a gift from her. Could they be getting back together?"

1310: At the moment, Nico Hulkenberg is winning the battle of Friday practice drivers as has nailed the eighth fastest time in his Force India. Romain Grosjean is 12th fastest, Jean Eric Vergne 18th, Luis Razia in 20th and Jan Charouz 24th.

1305: And BBC 5 live pit-lane reporter Natalie Pinkham has just told us Romain Grosjean had a clutch problem...

BBC 5 live analyst Anthony Davidson on Romain Grosjean: "He's a bit new to that car and maybe he got one of the procedures wrong. Having said that, most of the time it is the team getting the slip of the clutch wrong and the car just doesn't catch it in the anti-stall."

1303: Jenson Button takes his turn at the top of the timings with a time of 1:13.825 before going off the track at Turn Eight and escaping back to the pits. Elsewhere, it looks like it's curtains for Romain Grosjean who is racing in place of Vitaly Petrov at Renault for this session. He's parked his Renault up in the exit of the pit lane. More on that when we get it.

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From anonymous via text: "I'll be stocking up on food this weekend, gathering together F1 DVDs, and hibernating like a bear for 109 days. The off season is such a bleak time of the year." May I recommend the 1989 review DVD if only for that epic race in Japan when Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost collide. There's some sensational behind the scenes footage, too.

BBC F1 pit-lane reporter Ted Kravitz: "Red Bull are trying a little modification to the floor. They are very sensitive about the floor because that's where most of their downforce comes from. It's the front part of the floor around the bib, which is the part of the chassis that comes around where the drivers' knees are. They are gluing some tiny bits around it and clearly they are trying something out for next year. It's Sebastian Vettel's car that is being modified."

1255: Kamui Kobayashi loses control of his Sauber and spins down at Turn 10 to bring out the yellow flags. BBC 5 live analyst Anthony Davidson explains that he was on the wrong trajectory entering the corner after a bad exit from Turn Nine and that meant he lost control of the car. The Japanese wastes no time in spinning the car back round before continuing on his way.

1253: So it's a Red Bull 1-2 at the top of the timesheets with Sebastian Vettel edging out team-mate Mark Webber. Lewis Hamilton is next up in third ahead of rival Felipe Massa. Jenson Button is fifth with Nico Hulkenberg, Jaime Alguersuari, Romain Grosjean, Nico Rosberg and Michael Schumacher completing the top 10.

BBC 5 live analyst Anthony Davidson on F1's efforts to be greener: "I don't think F1 will ever be green and I don't really think it should be. You are going to burn fuel but we should at least show that you are trying in some way. Running blown diffusers suggests you are not trying at all. I think it is right that they should be banned."

1248: HRT's Jan Charouz tells his engineer that the rear tyres are going off after a few laps. That's the first sign we've had that the tyres aren't coping so well with the abrasive surface this weekend.

1245: Hamilton doesn't get much time on top of the pile as champion Vettel shows the field who is boss with a 1:14.025 to mark the half-way point of the session. His team-mate Mark Webber keeps him honest, though, by popping into second, just 0.015secs behind.

@emeraldvelvet on Twitter: "Completely fed up of different helmets at each race. They should be made to have the same design for whole season #bbcf1"

BBC Sport's Andrew Benson in Sao Paulo: "There has been a great deal of talk of the late Ayrton Senna this weekend, in his home city and in a country where he is still treated almost like a deity. Lewis Hamilton is one of many of the current crop of drivers who idolised Senna when he was young, and the McLaren driver is sporting a special helmet design that combines his own colours with Senna's. Hamilton is doing so in conjunction with the Senna Foundation, which helps disadvantaged children in Brazil, and for whom the helmet will be auctioned after the race."

BBC F1 pit-lane reporter Ted Kravitz: "A couple of bits on Red Bull for you. They have a new barge board on the car and Mark Webber has been out in the pit lane complaining about the pit box which he says is too close to the garage. He wants it moved out to the middle lane where the boxes were last year. He's been asking his team manager Jonathan Wheatley to speak to the FIA about it."

1238: Sebastian Vettel's Red Bull wags its tail on the exit of the final corner, but he still pops up into second, 0.279secs behind Lewis Hamilton. Jenson Button is third, Felipe Massa fourth and Jaime Alguersuari fifth. Everyone has now set a time apart from Fernando Alonso and Mark Webber. And talking of Webber...

@Maxwell4989 on Twitter: "Don't know how I'll last the 109 days, think i'll be reading a lot of books and twiddling my thumbs till fun starts again."

1234: The team bosses have been meeting in Sao Paulo to discuss the thorny issue of the Resource Restriction Agreement but the eagle-eyed Ted Kravitz that the meeting has been going on so long that many of the team bosses haven't taken their places on the pit wall in time for first practice. "It's very unusual for them to extend their meetings into a session like this. I'll try and find out if any progress has been made on budget and other issues when I can."

1227: Felipe Massa seems to like this track having won here in 2006 and 2008 which is handy because he needs a good result. It's been a tough season for the Brazilian who hasn't finished higher than fifth but he's just popped his Ferrari into top spot. But guess what? He's just been pipped by his rival Lewis Hamilton by 0.272secs.

BBC Sport's Andrew Benson in Sao Paulo: "There is undoubtedly a bit of an end-of-term feeling about this weekend's events in Brazil. Many people in the paddock are admitting to being a little weary after a long 19-race season, and looking forward to some time away from airports for a while. Sebastian Vettel, meanwhile, took his Red Bull team out for dinner on Wednesday night at one of the city's famous churrascarias - restaurants that serve up all manner of grilled meat. But anyone expecting a relaxed approach from the world champion out on the track is in for a shock. Vettel loves his statistics and he is keen to notch up a record 15th pole and 12th win of the season. 'We want to finish as high as we can and end the year on a high,' he said."

1223: Bruno Senna will have delighted the crowd by sending his Renault to the top of the timesheets before his team-mate for this session, Roman Grosjean, usurps him with a 1:16.069. Both those chaps were running on Pirelli's new hard tyres which they're trying out ahead of 2012. Still pretty quiet out on track, though, with only seven timed laps on the board.

1220: Yes, Pedro de la Rosa, who contested 14 races for Sauber in 2010, will be joining Michael Schumacher in the over-40s club next season after signing a two-year contract with the Spanish team.

McLaren on Twitter: "It's the last race with us for our legendary test and reserve driver Pedro 'The King' de la Rosa. He'll be missed by us all but we wish Pedro all the very best for his new adventure with HRT next year!

1215: Here are some snappy stats for you to use in the pub this weekend. The 4.309km track is one of only five anti-clockwise tracks on the calendar and it's tricky, bumpy layout has seen the safety car deployed in seven of the last 10 races. Eight different drivers have triumphed in the last 10 races with Felipe Massa (2006 and 2008) and Michael Schumacher (1994, 1995, 2000, 2002) the only drivers on the current grid to have triumphed more than once. But it's been all about Red Bull in the last two years with Mark Webber topping the podium in 2009 and Sebastian Vettel taking the spoils 12 months ago. Will this year's constructors' champions make it a hat-trick?

BBC 5 live analyst Anthony Davidson on Interlagos: "Kerbs should be an art form for a driver and this track has those in abundance. They are quite wide and the contour of them changes the further up you go. As a driver I much prefer having a kerb you can explore the limits of. It is a real test for a driver."

BBC F1 pit-lane reporter Ted Kravitz: "The Ferrari drivers are running development front wings in first practice. Fernando Alonso has a brand new one and Felipe Massa has the old one that he ended up running in Abu Dhabi but with some little extra cascades. McLaren have a new rear wing end-plate and Renault are also playing around with a new suspension in preparation for 2012."

1205: We've had first sight of world champion Sebastian Vettel who is sporting a rather nifty helmet cam this weekend. The German completes his installation lap and is slowly wheeled back into his garage. The Mercedes are the first two machines to set a flying lap. Michael Schumacher edges out his team-mate Nico Rosberg with a respectable 1:16.778.

Ferrari on Twitter: "As usual Friday work will be focussed in two main topics: investigating the latest items introduced recently and race weekend preparation. Also, there two extra sets of experimental Pirelli tyres to be tested for 2012."

1200: And it's go, go, go. Out come a flurry of cars as they complete their installation laps to make sure everything is well with their machines.

BBC Sport's Andrew Benson in Sao Paulo: "There is much attention focused this weekend on Rubens Barrichello, the most experienced F1 driver in history, who it is widely believed is taking part in his last grand prix as there are no obvious seats for him next season. Problem is, the veteran Brazilian is not interested in a farewell party - insisting he is still determined to race on into a 20th season in 2012. 'It would be sad to be worried about the future,' the Williams driver and 11-time winner said here. 'I had 19 lovely seasons, I've been doing this for such a long time, I've been wanted for such a long time, so I feel good. I feel that I still have a lot of youth in me. It's not that I'm asking: "Please, give me a drive." If somebody wants me to drive on a competitive basis, it's because they believe I can do a very good job.'"

1155: So it's first practice but the last chance for drivers to impress before the season comes to an end. With that in mind, we've got five driver changes for FP1. Jean-Eric Vergne is in for Sebastien Buemi at Toro Rosso, Luis Razia keeps Jarno Trulli's seat warm at Team Lotus, Jan Charouz replaces Tonio Liuzzi at HRT, Adrian Sutil steps aside for Nico Hulkenberg at Force India and Romain Grosjean gets a shot at Renault with Vitaly Petrov sitting this one out.

1150: Right then, with just 10 minutes until we get underway, let me take this opportunity to remind you that I want you, yes you, to get in touch with whatever is on your mind - F1-related, obviously. Who has impressed you most this season? Who has been a disappointment? And perhaps most importantly, how are you planning on surviving the 109 days post-Brazil before the engines roar back into life in glorious Melbourne for the Australian Grand Prix on 18 March? Let me know by tweeting me @lawrobarretto using the Twitter hashtag #BBCF1 or texting in on 81111 (UK).

1140: Well thank you for that little shout-out JB. If you missed the start of those five classic races handpicked by the 2009 world champion himself, fear not as they're available here for whenever you fancy dipping into them.

Jenson Button on Twitter: "Morning guys, Last GP race weekend of the year! Let's make it a good one!! Hope you're enjoying my 5 favourite races on the BBC red button."

The sun is out
BBC Sport's Andrew Benson in Sao Paulo: "Hello from a picture-perfect Interlagos. Brazil's famous grand prix circuit looks absolutely spectacular here this morning, the lush, green surrounds set off against almost cloudless blue skies, the Sao Paulo cityscape forming a backdrop to the track where so many of the country's leading drivers cut their racing teeth. It might only be Friday, but the track is buzzing and the atmosphere is already thick with anticipation for three days of action."

1135: The 2008 world champ says he's in a "positive" mood this weekend after spending some time in Los Angeles with his former girlfriend Nicole Scherzinger. He then popped over to New York to hang out with R&B singer Mary J Blige and singer-songwriter Alicia Keys. Oh how the other half live, eh? Anyhow, this "positive" mood should be just tonic to get his career back on track and get Sebastian Vettel looking in his mirrors on Sunday.

1130: So this is it. After 1062 laps, in 18 races, across five continents, we arrive at the iconic Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace - better known as Interlagos - in Sao Paulo for the season-ending Brazilian Grand Prix. Sebastian Vettel may have sealed the title way back in October at Suzuka but lady luck finally deserted him in Abu Dhabi. The German crashed out after just two corners for his first retirement since Korea last year. Lewis Hamilton was the man who took advantage, controlling the race from the front to take his first victory since the German Grand Prix in July. Safe to say the 26-year-old, who has endured problems both on- and off-track this season, has finally got his swagger back…

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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
BBC reveals 2012 F1 coverage plan
25 Nov 11 |  Formula One
Hamilton heads Vettel in practice
25 Nov 11 |  Formula One
Brazil Grand Prix practice results
08 Mar 11 |  Results
I needed tough season - Hamilton
25 Nov 11 |  Formula One
Bahrain will happen - Ecclestone
25 Nov 11 |  Formula One
We must do a better job - McLaren
23 Nov 11 |  Formula One
Massa vows to improve next season
23 Nov 11 |  Formula One
Kubica will not make 2012 start
23 Nov 11 |  Formula One
Drivers call for rethink on DRS
17 Nov 11 |  Formula One
Superb Hamilton wins in Abu Dhabi
14 Nov 11 |  Formula 1

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