Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg were extremely closely matched during the second practice session for the Brazilian Grand Prix as just 30 hundredths of a second separated the Championship contenders. The duo dominated proceedings with the closest competitor ending up nearly half a second behind.
Even though Valtteri Bottas ended up half a second down on pace setter Lewis Hamilton, the Finn and team mate Felipe Massa showed improved pace in their Williams cars compared to the morning session. Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen ended up in 5th and 6th in their Red Bulls, lagging behind the Mercedes after being on-par with them in the morning.
10th and 11th in itself wasn't bad for McLaren, but it wasn't particularly good either as Fernando Alonso was asked to stop his car and jump out of it at turn 3, following an ERS problem. Similar to what happened last year, the Spaniard opted to see what was going on from behind the barriers, until he was invited to join a cameraman's lair, where he eventually ended up controlling the camera.
|1||44||Lewis Hamilton||Mercedes AMG||1:12.271||-||41|
|2||6||Nico Rosberg||Mercedes AMG||1:12.301||+0.030s||40|
|3||77||Valtteri Bottas||Williams Mercedes||1:12.761||+0.490s||47|
|4||19||Felipe Massa||Williams Mercedes||1:12.789||+0.518s||43|
|5||3||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull Racing TAG Heuer||1:12.828||+0.557s||43|
|6||33||Max Verstappen||Red Bull Racing TAG Heuer||1:12.928||+0.657s||45|
|9||27||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India Mercedes||1:13.299||+1.028s||42|
|10||22||Jenson Button||McLaren Honda||1:13.440||+1.169s||19|
|11||14||Fernando Alonso||McLaren Honda||1:13.572||+1.301s||18|
|12||26||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso Ferrari||1:13.689||+1.418s||46|
|13||55||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso Ferrari||1:13.801||+1.530s||47|
|14||11||Sergio Perez||Force India Mercedes||1:13.918||+1.647s||38|
|15||8||Romain Grosjean||Haas Ferrari||1:14.074||+1.803s||35|
|17||12||Felipe Nasr||Sauber Ferrari||1:14.309||+2.038s||40|
|18||31||Esteban Ocon||MRT Mercedes||1:14.317||+2.046s||46|
|20||21||Esteban Gutierrez||Haas Ferrari||1:14.558||+2.287s||42|
|21||9||Marcus Ericsson||Sauber Ferrari||1:14.695||+2.424s||21|
|22||94||Pascal Wehrlein||MRT Mercedes||1:14.958||+2.687s||22|