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F1 Brazilian GP: Hamilton pips Rosberg by 0.030s in Brazil GP FP2

Lewis Hamilton ends the first day of Brazilian GP action on top, but Nico Rosberg trails by only 0.030s.
RESULTS: Brazilian Grand Prix - Free practice results (2)

Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg have come away from second free practice session for the Brazilian Grand Prix with barely anything to choose between them, the defending champion leading his title rival by 0.030s at Interlagos.

Having commanded a comfortable advantage in FP1, Hamilton retained his top spot in the more ambient conditions of FP2, but would find Mercedes team-mate Rosberg in much closer company.

A slower session than FP1, Hamilton's 1min 12.271secs was three tenths down on his morning lap time but 0.030s ahead of Rosberg, who largely mirrored his earlier efforts.

A strong start to the weekend for Williams, both Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa were the only top drivers to improve on their FP1 efforts to pop up in an eye-catching third and fourth respectively, ahead of Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen in fifth and sixth.

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Having refrained from using the soft tyres in FP1, Ferrari was seventh and eighth quickest with Sebastian Vettel heading up Kimi Raikkonen, while Nico Hulkenberg and Jenson Button completed the top ten for Force India and McLaren.

Elsewhere, stewards have been called upon to investigate an on-track altercation between Kimi Raikkonen and Carlos Sainz - stretching between turns 11 and 15 – and ending after the Finn cut from the outside of the track across the front of Sainz's Toro Rosso en route to the pit lane.

Meanwhile, there was to be disappointment for Fernando Alonso after his McLaren-Honda coasted to a halt with an ERS issue mid-way through the session. Nonetheless, the former champion was able to see the lighter side of the problems, referencing his famous hijinks from 2015 by once again seeking a deckchair – and a TV camera this time - to watch the rest of the session.

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