Despite a few lock-ups, Lewis Hamilton was still the man to beat on Friday at the Brazilian Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton has completed a Friday practice lockout after finishing on top of both practice sessions as the last Grand Prix weekend got underway at Interlagos.

In what is widely predicted to be the only totally dry-weather day of the weekend, four of the opening session’s top-five runners matched their efforts from this morning’s practice session, with Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber completing the top-three, while Fernando Alonso was fifth-fastest once again.

It was a busy session for all concerned as the grid sought to clock up as many laps as possible, but the data gathered today could be completely meaningless if the heavens – as expected – open for Saurday’s qualifying and Sunday’s race action.

Having used the opening practice session to evaluate a prototype tyre compound that Pirelli will seek to run in 2013, this session was spent concentrating on the weekend’s normal tyre allocation: the Hard and Medium dry-weather tyres.

Hamilton, Vettel and Webber all clocked their fastest lap times on the softer tyre, while Alonso spent the afternoon’s session concentrating on longer hard tyre runs. Ferrari opted to split its programme and give team-mate Felipe Massa the use of the softer tyres, and the Brazilian finished the session fourth-fastest on his home circuit.


2012 Brazilian Formula 1 Grand Prix – Free Practice 2 Session Times:

Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1. Lewis Hamilton GBR McLaren Mercedes MP4-27 1:14.026   35
2. Sebastian Vettel DEU Red Bull Racing Renault RB8 1:14.300 + 0.274 40
3. Mark Webber AUS Red Bull Racing Renault RB8 1:14.523 + 0.497 37
4. Felipe Massa BRA Scuderia Ferrari F2012 1:14.553 + 0.527 37
5. Fernando Alonso ESP Scuderia Ferrari F2012 1:14.592 + 0.566 37
6. Michael Schumacher DEU Mercedes AMG F1 W03 1:14.654 + 0.628 36
7. Nico Rosberg DEU Mercedes AMG F1 W03 1:14.669 + 0.643 40
8. Jenson Button GBR McLaren Mercedes MP4-27 1:14.863 + 0.837 40
9. Romain Grosjean FRA Lotus F1 Renault E20 1:14.994 + 0.968 37
10. Paul di Resta GBR Force India Mercedes VJM05 1:15.129 + 1.103 39
11. Nico Hülkenberg DEU Force India Mercedes VJM05 1:15.131 + 1.105 40
12. Kimi Räikkönen FIN Lotus F1 Renault E20 1:15.371 + 1.345 39
13. Bruno Senna BRA Williams Renault FW34 1:15.432 + 1.406 45
14. Sergio Pérez MEX Sauber Ferrari C31 1:15.542 + 1.516 35
15. Kamui Kobayashi JPN Sauber Ferrari C31 1:15.839 + 1.813 43
16. Daniel Ricciardo AUS Scuderia Toro Rosso Ferrari STR7 1:15.902 + 1.876 39
17. Pastor Maldonado VEN Williams Renault FW34 1:15.953 + 1.927 47
18. Jean-Éric Vergne FRA Scuderia Toro Rosso Ferrari STR7 1:16.048 + 2.022 40
19. Vitaly Petrov RUS Caterham Renault CT01 1:16.126 + 2.100 39
20. Heikki Kovalainen FIN Caterham Renault CT01 1:16.655 + 2.629 42
21. Pedro de la Rosa ESP HRTF1 Cosworth F112 1:17.244 + 3.218 15
22. Timo Glock DEU Marussia Racing Cosworth MR01 1:17.675 + 3.649 42
23. Charles Pic FRA Marussia Racing Cosworth MR01 1:18.127 + 4.101 31
24. Narain Karthikeyan IND HRTF1 Cosworth F112 1:18.139 + 4.113 15

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