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17 Nov 20:48 Hamilton third.
17 Nov 20:48 Verstappen wins and Galsy makes his first podium in second!
17 Nov 20:44 A Red Bull 1-2 on the cards!
17 Nov 20:43 Safety car has ended. Restart!
17 Nov 20:41 Sainz is in fifth!
17 Nov 20:41 This race looks like it might end under the safety car.
17 Nov 20:40 Debris everywhere.
17 Nov 20:37 The two Ferraris make contact and both are out of the race!
17 Nov 20:33 Ferrari in 4th and 5th
17 Nov 20:30 Albon in third!!!
17 Nov 20:28 Safety car finally coming in. 
17 Nov 20:26 Lapped cars have all unlapped themselves.
17 Nov 20:21 Leclerc pits.
17 Nov 20:20 Verstappen comes in for fresh tyres.
17 Nov 20:19 A cheat pit stop for anyone on a platter.
17 Nov 20:19 Safety car is out!
17 Nov 20:18 Verstappen complaining that Hamilton didn't slow down fast enough for yellow flags.
17 Nov 20:17 Bottas retires from this race!
17 Nov 20:16 Smoke coming out of Bottas car at the rear.
17 Nov 20:13 Vettel losing pace fast.
17 Nov 20:13 Bottas just can't get pass Leclerc.
17 Nov 20:08 Neat work from Red Bull crew, he comes out in front of Hamilton.
17 Nov 20:07 In comes Max.
17 Nov 20:07 Hamilton told his outlap is critical. Translation = It's HAMMERTIME!
17 Nov 20:06 Hamilton pits.
17 Nov 20:05 Hamilton: "What are you waiting for?"
17 Nov 20:03 Now Max also complains about the wind at Senna S.
17 Nov 20:02 Lap 41/71 and no retirements so far.
17 Nov 19:54 Vettel told they going for Plan B.
17 Nov 19:54 Hamilton's tyres not looking good.
17 Nov 19:53 Kubica gets a 5second penalty for unsafe release.
17 Nov 19:51 Lap 31/71: VER/HAM/VET/BOT/ALB
17 Nov 19:43 Hamilton scolding his team for the info he needs.
17 Nov 19:41 Verstappen drives hard to pass Leclerc AND Hamilton!
17 Nov 19:40 Williams releases their car and holds up Verstappen!
17 Nov 19:39 Max comes in to box with new softs.
FINISH I for one, need a lie-down. We may not have a great Championship battle this year, but we've had some bloody insane races, and this may have just been the best. Why oh why isn't Brazil the last race of the season? Verstappen banished his 2018 demons to take the win and move up to P3 in the standings with one race to go, while the fight between today's other heroes, Gasly and Sainz, with Albon for P6 is looking tasty too. If that's not enough, there are just three points between Toro Rosso and Renault in the constructors. Basically, after today's carnage, the stakes are huge for the last race. It will be in Abu Dhabi and take place in two weeks. Join us there, it'll be your last chance for a while...
FINISH The final order, prior to any possible penalty for Hamilton or Albon: P1 Verstappen, P2 Gasly, P3 Hamilton, P4 Sainz, P5 Raikkonen, P6 Giovinazzi, P7 Ricciardo, P8 Norris, P9 Perez, P10 Kvyat, P11 Magnussen, P12 Russell, P13 Grosjean, P14 Albon, P15 Hulkenberg, P16 Kubica, P17 Vettel (RET), P18 Leclerc (RET), P19 Stroll (RET), P20 Bottas (RET).
FINISH If you're not getting emotional hearing and seeing Pierre Gasly celebrate, you don't have a soul.
FINISH Ricciardo, who got himself in trouble with Magnussen what feels like years ago, ends up P7 ahead of Norris. Perez and Kvyat complete the top 10.
FINISH Sainz, who started last, finishes P4, ahead of Raikkonen and Giovinazzi.
FINISH Gasly and Hamilton are neck on neck to the line with the Frenchman taking P2!
FINISH Max Verstappen wins the Brazilian Grand Prix!
Lap 70 Hamilton and Albon touch! Gasly moves up to P2!
Lap 69 Hamilton passes Gasly!
Lap 69 Two laps left.
Lap 69 Safety Car coming in!
Lap 69 The track is covered with debris. The race may well end under the Safety Car.
Lap 69 As things stand, it's going to be an all Honda podium. What a day for the Japanese manufacturer! It would be the first podium for both Albon and Gasly.
Lap 68 Hamilton pits for fresh softs, which is, eh, a bit nuts. They have to hope everything is cleared up in the next four laps... Spoiler: It ain't gonna happen.
Lap 67 It's a double DNF for Ferrari! Vettel is livid on the radio. The Safety Car is out.
Lap 66 Leclerc passes Vettel down the inside of Turn 1! The German tries to take the place back in the DRS zone and they touch! Both have punctures!
Lap 64 Vettel tries to pass Albon on the main straight but the Thai driver cuts him off.
Lap 64 Let's all raise a glass for Bottas, who caused this bloody brilliant finish. Albon, Vettel and Leclerc all looking to pass Hamilton.
Lap 62 I'm not quite sure how, but Sainz has got himself up to P7. He started last.
Lap 61 That was a helluva move from both Red Bulls.
Lap 60 Albon passes Vettel to take P3!
Lap 60 Verstappen makes an excellent getaway and takes the lead through Turn 2!
Lap 59 Safety Car coming in...
Lap 58 It looks like Verstappen will have 10 laps to pass Hamilton.
Lap 57 Scrap that, he's P7, behind Gasly.
Lap 57 The many, many lapped cars are now unlapping themselves. Grosjean, thanks to a perfectly timed Safety Car, is the best of the rest.
Lap 56 Personally, I can't see how Hamilton, on worn mediums, can hold off Verstappen on fresh softs. The Brit needs the Safety Car to stay out for as long as possible.
Lap 56 Leclerc also pits.
Lap 55 Fresh softs for the Dutchman. He'll have 15 laps to take back the lead.
Lap 55 Safety Car! A removal vehicle was needed for Bottas's car and brings it out, causing Verstappen to pit! Hamilton stays out.
Lap 54 Hamilton meanwhile has closed up to Verstappen with the latter claiming that the Mercedes didn't slow down enough under yellow flags.
Lap 53 Bottas retires! The Finn loses power and pulls over in a spot that won't bring out a Safety Car of any sort.
Lap 52 There's smoke pouring out of Bottas's engine. It's overheating in Leclerc's dirty air.
Lap 51 Albon also puts on softs and comes out in P6, giving Vettel back his podium spot.
Lap 50 Vettel pits for soft tyres and comes out in P4.
Lap 50 Leclerc showed how good his defensive skills were last year at Alfa Romeo and he's proving it again today. Bottas just can't find a way through.
Lap 47 Bottas is having considerable trouble passing Leclerc for P5...
Lap 47 Vettel leads but is a second slower per lap than Verstappen and Hamilton.
Lap 46 Verstappen's stop took 1.9 seconds, Hamilton's was 3.0. The Red Bull pit-crew may have given their man the win here. Long way to go, mind.
Lap 45 The Dutchman does indeed pit for mediums. He has no rogue Williams in front of him this time and comes out ahead of Hamilton. The gap is smaller though.
Lap 44 Hamilton pits! He goes on to medium tyres and, crucially, comes out ahead of Albon. Expect Verstappen to pit soon...
Lap 42 Bottas, who was supposed to do a one-stop, has come in for medium tyres to protect against the undercut from Albon.
Lap 42 "These tyres are "f*cked", says Hamilton. Nicely put.
Lap 41 The drivers are all reporting much windier conditions.
Lap 40 The Dutchman is now 22.8 seconds ahead of the second Mercedes...
Lap 39 Verstappen will want to get the required 22-second gap to Bottas in order to pit and come out ahead of the Finn before he comes in.
Lap 34 Behind the top six, Gasly is the best of the rest with the Alfa Romeos of Raikkonen and Giovinazzi behind him. Perez completes the top ten.
Lap 34 Verstappen has now opened the gap up to three seconds.
Lap 32 Kubica has a five-second time penalty for an unsafe release. Fair enough.
Lap 31 Verstappen's lead over Hamilton is currently 2.3 seconds.
Lap 30 Leclerc pits for hards and comes out around ten seconds behind Albon.
Lap 30 BREAKING: Hamilton is telling his team they've put him on the wrong strategy. I know, shocking. Never heard that before.
Lap 29 Hamilton: "It's really hard to keep up with him man."
Lap 27 Bottas comes in to put the hard tyre on, so he'll be doing a one-stop.
Lap 27 Hamilton asking his team if he has an engine problem. He's struggling to keep up with Verstappen.
Lap 26 Vettel the next to come in, also opting for the medium tyre.
Lap 25 Albon then pits for medium tyres, coming out ahead of Norris.
Lap 25 Both pass Albon quickly.
Lap 24 Hamilton tries to take the position back with DRS but can't do it. Game on.
Lap 23 The two contenders for the win pass Leclerc before the Dutchman dives down the inside of Turn 1 to pass the Brit!
Lap 22 Verstappen comes in to cover the undercut! It's an excellent stop but the Dutchman is blocked by Kubica and loses a huge amount of time, coming out behind Hamilton!
Lap 21 Contest quickly provided as he comes in to pit for soft tyres! He's doing a two-stop.
Lap 21 Hamilton: "Don't miss this shot."
Lap 20 Perez the first of the midfield to come in, putting on mediums.
Lap 19 Verstappen looks like he's struggling with his tyres more than Hamilton at the moment.
Lap 16 Expect the first pit-stops any lap now...
Lap 14 The stewards have decided that Ricciardo was to blame for the crash with Magnussen and have given him a five-second penalty.
Lap 13 Leclerc is now just three seconds behind Albon, who has been left behind by Bottas.
Lap 11 Upfront, the 2.3-second gap between Verstappen and Hamilton is remaining steady.
Lap 11 Leclerc passes Gasly, yet again at Turn 1, to move into the top six.
Lap 10 The stewards have already noted the collision as a racing incident and will not investigate it. Ricciardo pits and comes out last, while Magnussen has stayed out and is in P18
Lap 9 Ricciardo tries to dive down the inside of Magnussen and the two touch, spinning the Dane and damaging Ricciardo's wing.
Lap 6 Leclerc takes Raikkonen down the inside of Turn 1. P7 now.
Lap 6 Albon is all over the back of Bottas...
Lap 5 Leclerc now passes Grosjean to move up to P8. Not bad for five laps.
Lap 4 The Haas boys are passed by Raikkonen and Leclerc respectively.
Lap 3 Verstappen has a two-second lead over Hamilton, with Vettel almost in DRS range of the Brit.
Lap 1 Further back Leclerc is up to P11 already!
Lap 1 And we're off! Verstappen gets away well and Hamilton passes Vettel round the outside of Turn 1!
14:09 The formation lap is underway... Here. We. Go.
14:04 Five minutes until lights out.
13:56 An orchestral version of the national anthem is played, accompanied by the voices of the Brazilian fans in the stands. A considerably better rendition than ones we've seen in the last few races...
13:55 Kubica - "It's much hotter and much winder, so that will have a big shift on the car balance and tyre wear than what we've seen."
13:51 The only man who failed to run in qualifying was Carlos Sainz. The McLaren driver is locked in a battle with Pierre Gasly for P7 in the Championship, but with the Frenchman starting in P6 and just three points behind, Sainz may have to take it back in the final race of the season.
13:45 Pirelli say that the quickest strategy for those starting on softs is to pit at around lap 25 for hard tyres and go to the end on them. If drivers can make their first compound last a little longer, they can put on mediums instead.
13:41 Leclerc is the only driver in the top three teams to start on the medium tyre. He'll be looking to go long with his first stint and have fresh tyres for the end of the race.
13:35 The pit-lane is open and cars are making their way to the grid.
13:35 One big talking point for the race is the temperature. After being grey and gloomy all weekend, the sun has come out today to warm the air and track considerably, which will have a hefty effect on how cars and tyres perform here.
13:30 With Verstappen's pole position and record at this track, he's surely the favourite for the win today, but who's his biggest threat? Despite the straight-line speed at his disposal, Vettel is sceptical about his chances, pointing to the fact that the Ferrari is much harder on tyres than the Red Bull or Mercedes. Hamilton, on the other hand, looks well placed to fight for the win. He's had solid pace all weekend and, as he's shown in recent races, is excellent at managing his tyres.
13:25 The rest of the starting grid: P11 Ricciardo, P12 Giovinazzi, P13 Hulkenberg, P14 Leclerc, P15 Perez, P16 Kvyat, P17 Stroll, P18 Russell, P19 Kubica, P20 Sainz.
13:20 Haas too experienced a rare good day, with Romain Grosjean starting P7 and Kevin Magnussen P9 today. However, their car only seems to be any good at very specific temperatures, so don't be surprised to see them drop down the order. Kimi Raikkonen starts between the two team-mates and Lando Norris rounds out the top 10.
13:14 Alex Albon couldn't match the pace of his team-mate and starts P5, just ahead of the man he replaced at Red Bull, Pierre Gasly, who enjoyed his best Saturday since re-joining Toro Rosso.
13:11 Lewis Hamilton, who's on his longest streak without a pole since joining Mercedes, will start P3, just ahead of fellow Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas. Charles Leclerc qualified ahead of the Finn, but will not start in P4 due to a ten-place grid penalty he picked up for an engine change.
13:07 The top three teams have been closely matched all weekend, as shown by yesterday's qualifying, where they each had a driver in the top three. It was the Red Bull of Max Verstappen that prevailed to take pole position, with the Dutchman going just over a tenth quicker than Sebastian Vettel, who starts P2.
13:01 Hello and welcome to Planet F1's live commentary for the Brazilian Grand Prix! The race begins in just over an hour, and all times are local.
16:16 It's fair to say this is the closest that the top three teams have been in a good while. They have one man each starting in the front three, driving cars that have completely different styles, strengths and weaknesses on this track. If that's not enough for you, Charles Leclerc will be fighting his way through the midfield in an attempt to secure P3 in the Championship. Sound good? Great. The race gets underway at 14:10 local time tomorrow and we'll be here building up to it from 13:00, join us then. Cheers!
16:09 So, the starting grid for tomorrow, with penalties applied: P1 Verstappen, P2 Vettel, P3 Hamilton, P4 Bottas, P5 Albon, P6 Gasly, P7 Grosjean, P8 Raikkonen, P9 Magnussen, P10 Norris, P11 Ricciardo, P12 Giovinazzi, P13 Hulkenberg, P14 Leclerc, P15 Perez, P16 Kvyat, P17 Stroll, P18 Russell, P19 Kubica, P20 Sainz.
16:06 Much like in Q2, very few drivers improved on their final run.
16:03 Gasly improves to take P7 from Grosjean.
16:02 Vettel isn't quick enough, meaning that Max Verstappen takes pole position!
16:01 Hamilton moves up to P3.
16:01 Leclerc can't improve.
16:00 He improves by a tenth...
15:59 Verstappen will be the first of the pole contenders across the line.
15:58 Everyone heading out again. Can Verstappen take his second ever pole?
15:55 Meanwhile, Grosjean is the best of the rest after the first round of laps.
15:54 Albon goes P6, half a tenth off Bottas.
15:54 Verstappen takes provisional pole! He goes 0.008 seconds quicker than Vettel and 0.105 seconds quicker than Leclerc. He made a mistake, too.
15:53 Hamilton the first of the big boys to set a time, doing a 1:07.861. Bottas goes 0.013s slower.
15:51 Grosjean and the Ferraris are the first men out.
15:47 Well, track temperatures gave us a pretty disappointing end to Q2. Let's hope for a bit more excitement in the next ten minutes...
15:44 A Q3 without Renault and McLaren would have seemed incredibly strange at the start of the weekend, especially if you said Haas would be there instead. Anyway, it begins in five minutes.
15:42 In fact, nobody improves on their time before the end of the session and the bottom five is as it was: Norris, Ricciardo, Giovinazzi, Hulkenberg, Perez.
15:40 Norris too can't go quicker.
15:39 Perez can't improve and is out.
15:38 Cars heading out for their final runs.
15:36 That Haas car is a weird one, eh? It suddenly looks to be the best of the rest after looking pretty average all weekend. Grosjean was even complaining about it in Q1...
15:35 Five minutes left and the bottom five are Norris, Ricciardo, Giovinazzi, Perez and Hulkenberg.
15:34 Vettel can only go P3, half a second off the Dutchman.
15:33 Grosjean goes P6, half a second off Bottas.
15:33 Albon splits the Mercedes drivers.
15:32 Verstappen does a 1:07.503, three tenths quicker than Leclerc.
15:31 He does a 1:08.088, Bottas a 1:08.232.
15:30 Hamilton is the first man out.
15:28 Q2 is underway.
15:20 Q1 is over and the drivers out are Kvyat, Stroll, Russell, Kubica and Sainz. Verstappen tops the session.
15:19 Kvyat and Stroll can't improve and are out.
15:19 Perez too improves, dropping Kvyat into the drop zone.
15:18 Hulkenberg improves to move up to P10 and push Perez down.
15:16 Sainz still in the garage, he won't have time to do a lap.
15:15 Bottas, Kvyat and Vettel the only men on track at the moment.
15:13 Five minutes to go and the drop zone consists of Hulkenberg, Stroll, Russell, Kubica and Sainz.
15:12 Sainz has issues and has yet to set a time.
15:11 The Haas boys go P7 and P9.
15:10 Verstappen goes top now with a 1:08.242, despite hitting traffic. Hamilton and Bottas are in P5 and P6.
15:08 Albon goes purple with a 1:08.503 as fellow rookie Norris slots in at P4.
15:07 Leclerc goes three-hundredths slower.
15:07 Vettel, also on the soft compound, goes top with a 1:08.556.
15:06 Nothing to choose between the Toro Rosso driver either, who both do 1:09.2s. Everyone is on softs.
15:05 The Alfa Romeos both set 1:09.3s, with Giovinazzi narrowly ahead.
15:04 The first time is set by Russell, who does a 1:10.688.
15:01 We're off, and Kubica is the first man out.
14:55 Five minutes until green lights.
14:49 It may be a bit overcast in Sao Paulo, but it looks set to be a mild, dry session, with temperatures of 14'C at the moment.
14:44 The midfield battle looks set to be equally as tight. Going by practice times, Racing Point, Haas and Williams are the only teams with very little chance of making Q3. The Toro Rosso of Pierre Gasly was the best of the rest in FP3.
14:37 That being said, Charles Leclerc certainly won't be starting the race from the front, regardless of his times. The Monegasque has a 10 place grid penalty due to an engine change made at the start of the race weekend.
14:34 So, who's favourite for pole position? Your guess is as good as mine. Ferrari have generally looked quickest this weekend, but Lewis Hamilton topped FP3 and was just a few hundredths ahead of Max Verstappen, so it may well be a four-horse race.
14:30 Hello and welcome to Planet F1's live coverage of qualifying for the Brazilian Grand Prix! Q1 begins in half an hour.
13:06 Well, after three practice sessions spanning four hours, the pecking order is still rather unclear. The Ferraris seemed to be favourites for pole, but Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen both look to have some very decent pace themselves. The midfield is equally as tight, with Racing Point, Haas and Williams seemingly the only teams who don't look capable of making Q3. All will become clear when qualifying begins in two hours, join us then.
13:05 The final FP3 order: P1 Hamilton, P2 Verstappen, P3 Leclerc, P4 Vettel, P5 Albon, P6 Bottas, P7 Kvyat, P8 Giovinazzi, P9 Norris, P10 Sainz, P11 Raikkonen, P12 Gasly, P13 Hulkenberg, P14 Magnussen, P15 Ricciardo, P16 Grosjean, P17 Perez, P18 Stroll, P19 Russell, P20 Kubica.
13:03 Hamilton tops the session, narrowly ahead of Max Verstappen, with Leclerc and Vettel a little further behind.
12:58 Hamilton reports a loss of power as the chequered flag comes down.
12:56 Five minutes to go.
12:55 Kvyat moves up to P7.
12:53 Leclerc and Sainz almost crash after the Spaniard slows down and almost weaves into the path of the Ferrari.
12:51 Have Red Bull shown their hand? Albon goes P5 before Verstappen goes P2, just two-hundredths off Hamilton. Things are looking tight.
12:49 Sainz goes P7.
12:48 Lando Norris breaks into the top six, going two tenths faster than Albon.
12:46 Hamilton has certainly put himself in the mix for pole with that time, especially considering Leclerc's grid penalty...
12:43 Hamilton goes purple with a 1:08.320.
12:42 Sainz the only driver yet to use the soft tyre.
12:39 We're into the 1:08s, first through Vettel before Leclerc does a 1:08.611 to go half a tenth faster.
12:38 Drivers are heading out for their final qualifying simulations before the real thing in a few hours.
12:33 Grosjean and Perez getting their elbows out vying for track position. The Frenchman isn't happy...
12:31 Albon has moved into P6, while Gasly is currently the best of the rest.
12:30 Half an hour to go.
12:28 The Dutchman goes even quicker, doing a 1:09.063, helped by a tow from Kvyat.
12:26 That's a decent time from Verstappen - are Red Bull in the mix this weekend?
12:25 Verstappen goes top with a 1:09.327.
12:23 Albon is the first of the Red Bulls to set a time and goes P7 on the soft tyre, seven-tenths slower than the leader.
12:22 Leclerc goes within a tenth of Hamilton.
12:20 Hamilton takes P1 with a 1:09.562 on fresh softs.
12:19 Vettel, helped by a two from Hulkenberg, goes top with a 1:09.666, less than a tenth ahead of Bottas who goes P2.
12:18 A 1:09.871 for Leclerc on softs.
12:18 Vettel has to abort his first flying lap after locking up at Turn 1.
12:18 His team-mate Hulkenberg does a 1:10.276 on the same compound. The track is filling up now.
12:16 Ricciardo, on fresh softs, goes purple with a 1:10.577.
12:15 The Spaniard goes quicker with a 1:10.756.
12:13 Sainz goes top with a 1:11.058 on the medium tyre. More going on in the garages than the track at the moment.
12:08 Red Bull are going old school, cleaning Max Verstappen's brakes with some spray and paper towels.
12:07 Kubica sets the first time, a 1:14.407.
12:05 Everybody on track currently doing installation laps, most on the hard tyre.
12:02 It is a rather grey and gloomy sky I must say...
12:01 FP3 is underway, and Lando Norris is the first man out.
11:58 The FIA say that there's a 10% chance of rain for the session.
11:50 FP3 begins in 10 minutes.
11:48 Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc finished FP2 in P1 and P2 respectively, with the German believing Ferrari will be even quicker today. Leclerc meanwhile has a 10-place grid penalty for an engine change.
11:44 This will be music to the ears of Alex Albon and Robert Kubica who both fell victim to yesterday's wet weather and crashed their cars into the barriers. The Toro Rossos of Pierre Gasly and Daniil Kvyat also suffered retirements due to engine failures in FP2.
11:38 Given yesterday's tricky and changing conditions, teams will want to get as much running on the dry tyre as possible in the hour-long session before we reach the business end of the weekend. Mercifully, it looks like it should be a rain-free day.
10:45 Hello and welcome back to Interlagos for the final practice session ahead of qualifying for the Brazilian Grand Prix. Session starts at 12pm local time.
16:37 We have one more practice session before we get to the business end of the weekend, and teams will want to get as much running as possible to prepare. FP3 starts at 12:00 local time, join us then.
16:34 The final FP2 order: P1 Leclerc, P2 Vettel, P3 Verstappen, P4 Bottas, P5 Hamilton, P6 Magnussen, P7 Ricciardo, P8 Raikkonen, P9 Albon, P10 Sainz, P11 Hulkenberg, P12 Gasly, P13 Giovinazzi, P14 Kvyat, P15 Perez, P16 Grosjean, P17 Stroll, P18 Norris, P19 Russell, P20 Kubica.
16:30 Well, things are looking tight. Leclerc finishes top of the session, just 0.021 seconds faster than team-mate Vettel. Verstappen and Bottas were a tenth off, and Hamilton two tenths.
16:28 Unsurprisingly, the session will not be restarted. That's that.
16:26 Red flag! Kvyat is in the barriers with fire pouring out the back of his car. Not the best session for Toro Rosso.
16:23 Bottas misses the apex at Turn 1 and runs straight through the grass. He gets away unscathed though.
16:19 19 laps in, Magnussen reports his tyres are "still good", which is a real rarity for Haas.
16:16 Leclerc uses a bit too much kerb and briefly loses the rear of his car.
16:15 Green flags.
16:14 15 minutes to go.
16:11 The engine of Pierre Gasly's Toro Rosso has blown and the Frenchman pulls over to the side of the track, bringing out a VSC.
16:10 The FIA have decided that no investigation is necessary for the incident between Bottas and Leclerc.
16:05 Bottas in the thick of things once again, this time battling to get out ahead of Leclerc in the pitlane. Maybe he had one too many coffees this morning...
16:03 Giovinazzi reports a loss of power before immediately returning to the pits.
16:01 Everyone pretty much done with qualifying runs now and are doing race simulations.
15:55 Magnussen goes just under a second slower than Vettel to move into the top six. Something tells me he won't start there...
15:53 Verstappen goes P3 and Hamilton P5. Neither will be too happy with their respective laps.
15:50 P3 for Bottas, just over a tenth slower than the Ferraris.
15:49 Leclerc, on soft tyres, goes top with a 1:09.39 before Vettel goes two hundredths quicker.
15:47 Hamilton not happy with his team-mate, and you can't blame him. The Finn was just crawling along on the racing line.
15:46 Kvyat spins in the first sector to briefly bring out yellow flags.
15:46 Bottas is reeking havoc, completely blocking both Hamilton and Vettel on their respective flying laps.
15:44 Sainz sets a 1:10:310 on softs to go P5 before Raikkonen takes the spot from him. The track is speeding up and times are coming down.
15:42 Things seem dry now but the sky is looking dark and gloomy... So much for a clear session, eh?
15:39 Russell is the first man to try softs and moves up to P16.
15:35 Verstappen: "It's quite slippery, mate."
15:32 An hour to go here.
15:29 Outisde of the big six, Gasly, Sainz, Giovinazzi and Kvyat occupy the remaining spots in the top ten, all on the medium compound.
15:26 Drops of rain beginning to show on the on-board cameras now...
15:23 Albon is out and goes P5 with his first laps, four tenths slower than Verstappen.
15:22 Hamilton: "It's starting to spit a little bit."
15:21 The Ferraris are out and going quickest. Vettel does a 1:09.570 and Leclerc two tenths slower to go P1 and P2.
15:18 Hamilton now goes top with a 1:09.938, also on mediums. He;s not happy with the downforce on his car though.
15:16 The session resumes and Verstappen immediately goes purple with a 1:10.051 on the medium compound.
15:12 The track may be dry but there's still a lot of water on the kerbs and grass, as Kubica has discovered. Drivers will have to avoid them if they don't want to suffer the same fate as the Williams man.
15:07 Robert Kubica, returning to the car after Latifi drove it in FP1, has spun into the barriers and brought out red flags. That's his session done.
15:06 Sainz goes 0.249 seconds slower than the Finn.
15:05 Bottas sets a 1:10.812 to go straight to the top.
15:03 The dry is in fact already dry enough for dry tyres. Giovinazzi is the first out on mediums.
15:02 FP2 is underway.
14:59 Red Bull are still doing work on Albon's car so he won't be out immediately.
14:55 The skies may be clear but the track is yet to completely dry out yet, so we may see some running on inters at the very start of FP2, but only briefly if at all. After missing out on an entire session of using them, teams will be keen to get as much running done on the slicks as possible.
14:47 The Thai driver did nevertheless top the session, although that may have something to do with the fact that he effectively ended it with his crash... Now that things have dried up, we should get a much better indication of the pecking order here.
14:44 Yep, if you haven't heard or seen, Alex Albon brought out the red flags earlier today when the conditions got the better of him and sent him into the barriers, soon after Verstappen had spun. Impressively, the team repaired his car in time for this session.
14:39 After the heavens opened and stayed open for FP1, flooding the track, things have now cleared up and should stay that way for FP2, much to the relief of Red Bull I'm sure.
14:35 Welcome back to Planet F1's live coverage of the race weekend in Brazil. FP2 gets underway in half an hour. All times are local.
12:34 Not the most representative session, but for everyone not named Red Bull it was a fun one to watch. Join us for FP2 where we should have a dry Interlagos at our disposal.
12:33 P11 Russell, P12 Magnussen, P13 Stroll, P14 Raikkonen, P15 Giovinazzi, P16 Latifi, P17 Grosjean, P18 Perez, P19 Verstappen and P20 Hamilton rounds out the runners for this session.
12:31 Ironically, Albon tops FP1 ahead of Bottas and Vettel. P4 Leclerc, P5 Sainz, P6 Hulkenberg, P7 Ricciardo, P8 Gasly, P9 Kvyat and P10 Norris completes the top half of the order.
12:30 The session is red flagged and won't restart. The medical car has been deployed but Albon looks to be fine.
12:28 Verstappen is off. He loses his RB15 through the Senna S'. He recovers onto the track but Albon doesn't. He slides into the wall at the final turn as the rain falls again.
12:26 Hamilton emerges from the pits, both he and Bottas are on the medium tyres.
12:24 Leclerc is out on the softs. Verstappen follows him. Expect most of the grid to give this a go with 5 mins remaining.
12:13 Albon takes over P1 with a 1:16.399.
12:12 DRS has been enabled. The track should be good for a few minutes of dry running at the end.
12:05 A 1:16.693 puts Bottas into P1. The track is drying out nicely now.
11:58 Both Mercedes' (Hamilton and Bottas) and the Red Bull's (Verstappen and Albon) are still yet to set a time in FP1 with 32 mins to go.
11:50 A little trip onto the grass/mud for Russell. He pits and finally puts on the inters.
11:48 George Russell is persisting with the full wets and sets a time eight seconds slower than Leclerc.
11:44 Toro Rosso tell Gasly that the intermediates are "clearly faster". Vettel goes five seconds slower than team-mate Leclerc who is now out there on the inters, so that backs up their theory.
11:43 A big leap forward from Leclerc as the track starts to dry slightly. a 1:17.2 is now the benchmark.
11:39 Lando Norris and Pierre Gasly also set times but they're well adrift of Leclerc and Sainz.
11:35 Leclerc takes over P1 with a 1:21.971.
11:25 Sainz told to box due to a sensor issue, he carries on and improves to a 1:22.1.
11:23 A 1:23.6 from Sainz gives us the first time of FP1.
11:20 Out comes Valtteri Bottas to explore the circuit. He almost didn't get the chance to after a bit of slide coming out of the pits.
11:10 The rain has now stopped.
11:06 Vettel goes straight back out, kicking it off with a practice start at the pit exit.
11:05 A steady lap and the Ferrari man returns to the pits. Team-mate Leclerc is also out there and follows him back into the garage.
11:03 Vettel creeps out onto the track.
11:00 FP1 is now officially underway. Race control confirm 100% chance of rain for this session, glad that has been cleared up.
10:55 The radars suggest that at around 11:10 the rain should stop. Hopefully so, but we all know how dodgy these radars can be.
10:51 Further down the grid Nicholas Latifi will get his last FP1 outing with Williams of the season. He's auditioning so to speak for a 2020 drive so won't be happy with the wet conditions.
10:46 It's also a big weekend for McLaren who with a strong points haul could all but secure P4 in the Constructors'. Their advantage over Renault currently stands at 38 points. Carlos Sainz is also still in the hunt for P6 in the Drivers' Championship.
10:40 FP1 is perhaps most important for Leclerc who is set to drop at least 10 places on the grid thanks to an engine change. Any sort of advantage he can find around Interlagos will be vital.
10:35 The title business is now wrapped up for 2019, but Charles Leclerc, Max Verstappen and Sebastian Vettel are all slugging it out in these last two races for P3 in the Drivers' Championship. They will hope to start their respective weekends on the front foot with a strong FP1.
10:32 In a word the track is wet, very wet. Come qualifying and race day conditions are expected to improve, so FP1 will be an opportunity for the drivers to have a bit of fun.
08:00 Welcome to Interlagos, home of the Brazilian Grand Prix. All times are local.
Driver Standings
#DriverTeamTimeGapPits
1 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1:10.911 1:33:14.678 3
2 Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso 1:12.458 6.077 2
3 Carlos Sainz McLaren 1:13.446 8.896 1
4 Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo Racing 1:13.705 9.452 2
5 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo Racing 1:14.119 10.201 2
6 Daniel Ricciardo Renault 1:13.921 10.541 2
7 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:12.097 11.139 3
8 Lando Norris McLaren 1:14.415 11.204 2
9 Sergio Perez Racing Point 1:14.038 11.529 2
10 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso 1:13.879 11.931 2
11 Kevin Magnussen Haas 1:14.725 12.732 2
12 George Russell Williams 1:14.320 13.599 3
13 Romain Grosjean Haas 1:14.505 14.247 2
14 Alex Albon Red Bull 1:12.583 14.927 2
15 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1:14.310 18.059 3
16 Robert Kubica Williams 1:15.966 1 LAP 4
R Sebastian Vettel Ferrari RETIRED 2
R Valtteri Bottas Mercedes RETIRED 2
R Charles Leclerc Ferrari RETIRED 2
R Lance Stroll Racing Point RETIRED 2
Driver Standings
#DriverTeamTimeGapPits
1 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1:07.508 0
2 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:07.631 0.123 0
3 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:07.699 0.191 0
4 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1:07.728 0.220 0
5 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:07.874 0.366 0
6 Alex Albon Red Bull 1:07.935 0.427 0
7 Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso 1:08.837 1.329 0
8 Romain Grosjean Haas 1:08.854 1.346 0
9 Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo Racing 1:08.984 1.476 0
10 Kevin Magnussen Haas 1:09.037 1.529 0
Driver Standings
#DriverTeamTimeGapPits
1 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1:07.503 0
2 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1:07.888 0.385 0
3 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:08.050 0.547 0
4 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:08.088 0.585 0
5 Alex Albon Red Bull 1:08.117 0.614 0
6 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:08.232 0.729 0
7 Romain Grosjean Haas 1:08.705 1.202 0
8 Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso 1:08.770 1.267 0
9 Kevin Magnussen Haas 1:08.803 1.300 0
10 Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo Racing 1:08.858 1.355 0
11 Lando Norris McLaren 1:08.868 1.365 0
12 Daniel Ricciardo Renault 1:08.903 1.400 0
13 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo Racing 1:08.919 1.416 0
14 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1:08.921 1.418 0
15 Sergio Perez Racing Point 1:09.035 1.532 0
Driver Standings
#DriverTeamTimeGapPits
1 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1:08.242 0
2 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1:08.496 0.254 0
3 Alex Albon Red Bull 1:08.503 0.261 0
4 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:08.545 0.303 0
5 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:08.556 0.314 0
6 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:08.614 0.372 0
7 Kevin Magnussen Haas 1:08.875 0.633 0
8 Lando Norris McLaren 1:08.891 0.649 0
9 Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso 1:08.909 0.667 0
10 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1:09.050 0.808 0
11 Daniel Ricciardo Renault 1:09.086 0.844 0
12 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo Racing 1:09.175 0.933 0
13 Romain Grosjean Haas 1:09.197 0.955 0
14 Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo Racing 1:09.276 1.034 0
15 Sergio Perez Racing Point 1:09.288 1.046 0
16 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso 1:09.320 1.078 0
17 Lance Stroll Racing Point 1:09.536 1.294 0
18 George Russell Williams 1:10.126 1.884 0
19 Robert Kubica Williams 1:10.614 2.372 0
20 Carlos Sainz McLaren 0
Driver Standings
#DriverTeamTimeGapPits
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:08.320 0
2 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1:08.346 0.026 0
3 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1:08.611 0.291 0
4 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:08.664 0.344 0
5 Alex Albon Red Bull 1:09.136 0.816 0
6 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:09.201 0.881 0
7 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso 1:09.415 1.095 0
8 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo Racing 1:09.462 1.142 0
9 Lando Norris McLaren 1:09.585 1.265 0
10 Carlos Sainz McLaren 1:09.588 1.268 0
11 Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo Racing 1:09.619 1.299 0
12 Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso 1:09.625 1.305 0
13 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1:09.650 1.330 0
14 Kevin Magnussen Haas 1:09.713 1.393 0
15 Daniel Ricciardo Renault 1:09.761 1.441 0
16 Romain Grosjean Haas 1:09.798 1.478 0
17 Sergio Perez Racing Point 1:09.995 1.675 0
18 Lance Stroll Racing Point 1:10.312 1.992 0
19 George Russell Williams 1:10.843 2.523 0
20 Robert Kubica Williams 1:11.205 2.885 0
Driver Standings
#DriverTeamTimeGapPits
1 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:09.217 0
2 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1:09.238 0.021 0
3 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1:09.351 0.134 0
4 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:09.373 0.156 0
5 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:09.440 0.223 0
6 Kevin Magnussen Haas 1:10.143 0.926 0
7 Daniel Ricciardo Renault 1:10.194 0.977 0
8 Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo Racing 1:10.210 0.993 0
9 Alex Albon Red Bull 1:10.275 1.058 0
10 Carlos Sainz McLaren 1:10.310 1.093 0
11 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1:10.325 1.108 0
12 Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso 1:10.352 1.135 0
13 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo Racing 1:10.419 1.202 0
14 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso 1:10.424 1.207 0
15 Sergio Perez Racing Point 1:10.443 1.226 0
16 Romain Grosjean Haas 1:10.504 1.287 0
17 Lance Stroll Racing Point 1:10.568 1.351 0
18 Lando Norris McLaren 1:10.700 1.483 0
19 George Russell Williams 1:11.818 2.601 0
20 Robert Kubica Williams 0
Driver Standings
#DriverTeamTimeGapPits
1 Alex Albon Red Bull 1:16.142 0
2 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:16.693 0.551 0
3 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:17.041 0.899 0
4 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1:17.285 1.143 0
5 Carlos Sainz McLaren 1:17.786 1.644 0
6 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1:17.899 1.757 0
7 Daniel Ricciardo Renault 1:17.985 1.843 0
8 Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso 1:18.100 1.958 0
9 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso 1:18.274 2.132 0
10 Lando Norris McLaren 1:18.559 2.417 0
11 George Russell Williams 1:18.779 2.637 0
12 Kevin Magnussen Haas 1:19.247 3.105 0
13 Lance Stroll Racing Point 1:19.414 3.272 0
14 Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo Racing 1:19.532 3.390 0
15 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo Racing 1:19.600 3.458 0
16 Nicholas Latifi Williams 1:20.010 3.868 0
17 Romain Grosjean Haas 0
18 Sergio Perez Racing Point 0
19 Max Verstappen Red Bull 0
20 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 0
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