Rosberg close as Hamilton tops final practice

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F1 Grand Prix, GP Brazil, Autódromo José Carlos Pace, Interlagosbr

Lewis Hamilton returned to the front in final practice at Brazil, even though the gap with team mate Nico Rosberg proved small, with just 0.123s seperating the two dominant Mercedes drivers.

Behind them, Sebastian Vettel was the only man to stay within 1 second from the pace setter, even though the latter came to a halt due to a gearbox issue halfway through the session, only to get his car going again a few moments later.

Yet again, Ferrari are chased by a pack of Mercedes powered cars, led by Valtteri Bottas in the Williams. Nico Hulkenberg was 6th fastest in the Force India, followed by Romain Grosjean, Sergio Perez and Pastor Maldonado.

Max Verstappen became today's fastest Renault runner, ahead of Daniel Ricciardo who appears to have dropped down the pecking order compared to Friday.

Results

Pos.No.DriverTeamTimeGapLaps
144Lewis HamiltonMercedes AMG1:12.070-16
26Nico RosbergMercedes AMG1:12.193+0.123s19
35Sebastian VettelFerrari1:12.760+0.690s19
47Kimi RäikkönenFerrari1:13.096+1.026s20
577Valtteri BottasWilliams1:13.335+1.265s25
627Nico HulkenbergForce India1:13.345+1.275s19
78Romain GrosjeanLotus F11:13.437+1.367s19
811Sergio PerezForce India1:13.506+1.436s18
913Pastor MaldonadoLotus F11:13.534+1.464s20
1033Max VerstappenToro Rosso1:13.548+1.478s21
113Daniel RicciardoRed Bull Racing1:13.572+1.502s23
1219Felipe MassaWilliams1:13.742+1.672s24
1326Daniil KvyatRed Bull Racing1:13.829+1.759s17
1414Fernando AlonsoMclaren1:13.850+1.780s19
1555Carlos SainzToro Rosso1:13.959+1.889s23
169Marcus EricssonSauber1:14.185+2.115s23
1712Felipe NasrSauber1:14.288+2.218s22
1822Jenson ButtonMclaren1:14.445+2.375s17
1928Will StevensMarussia1:16.671+4.601s15
2053Alexander RossiMarussia1:17.059+4.989s15