Lewis Hamilton says he never really got a lap together during practice for the Brazilian Grand Prix and is unfazed by Nico Rosberg's early advantage.

Rosberg was fastest in both sessions on Friday, almost a quarter of a second quicker than championship leader Hamilton. However, while acknowledging he didn't have his strongest day in the car, Hamilton said he was unconcerned by the lap times. Asked if he hooked up a lap on Friday, Hamilton replied: "I didn't, no, but that's not a big issue.

"It's practice, so it's what you go out there to try and do. There were also quite a few red flags at the end so we didn't really get the best of that long running but that's the same for everyone.

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"The car generally feels OK. There are some improvements for sure we can make but it wasn't the best of days. I didn't really put together a really good lap but that will come tomorrow hopefully."

And Hamilton added that the new track surface at Interlagos made the circuit enjoyable to drive even if the balance was inconsistent as a result.

"It's great. It's nice and smooth, the grip is good. It makes the characteristics of the circuit today a little bit difficult because of the temperature but otherwise it's been fun."