Hamilton dominated Friday practice with yet again topping the timesheet this afternoon with a time nearly 3 tenths quicker than next fastest man, Sebastian Vettel.  After Lewis’ McLaren and the Red Bull pair, the Ferrari was next fastest with Felipe Massa on form – as he often is around the legendary Interlagos circuit.

Michael Schumacher had a better time of it too, posting the 6th best time after a dire first practice earlier, there’s hope for team mate Nico too, just behind in 7th.  Whatever they did in FP1, it didn’t work so on good the team for a more respectable FP2.

The early pace of the Force India cars indicates that they may have enough to hold off Williams for 7th in the constructors championship too.  As we said in our grand prixview and earlier today, anything can happen in Brazil and that threat of rain is now pretty much definitely going to realise, so the championship battle is going to be even more exciting than we thought possible – roll on qualifying and the race!

1Lewis HamiltonMcLaren/Mercedes1'14.02635
2Sebastian VettelRed Bull/Renault1'14.3000.27440
3Mark WebberRed Bull/Renault1'14.5230.49737
4Felipe MassaFerrari1'14.5530.52737
5Fernando AlonsoFerrari1'14.5920.56637
7Nico RosbergMercedes1'14.6690.64340
8Jenson ButtonMcLaren/Mercedes1'14.8630.83740
9Romain GrosjeanLotus/Renault1'14.9940.96837
10Paul Di RestaForce India/Mercedes1'15.1291.10339
11Nico HulkenbergForce India/Mercedes1'15.1311.10540
12Kimi RaikkonenLotus/Renault1'15.3711.34539
13Bruno SennaWilliams/Renault1'15.4321.40645
14Sergio PerezSauber/Ferrari1'15.5421.51635
15Kamui KobayashiSauber/Ferrari1'15.8391.81343
16Daniel RicciardoToro Rosso/Ferrari1'15.9021.87639
17Pastor MaldonadoWilliams/Renault1'15.9531.92747
18Jean-Eric VergneToro Rosso/Ferrari1'16.0482.02240
19Vitaly PetrovCaterham/Renault1'16.1262.10039
21Pedro de la RosaHRT/Cosworth1'17.2443.21815
22Timo GlockMarussia/Cosworth1'17.6753.64942
23Charles PicMarussia/Cosworth1'18.1274.10131
Hamilton on top in Brazil – credit: McLaren F1 Media