Lewis Hamilton completes Friday double in Brazil FP2

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The Englishman was quickest in both practice sessions for the Brazilian Grand Prix on Friday, keeping his word not to be distracted in the second-to-last race of the season.

Finnish team mate Valtteri Bottas was second in both and ended up just 0.048 slower. McLaren has struggled at Brazil in its troubled time with Honda and the Interlagos circuit has provided two of the more iconic images of the partnership - Alonso relaxing in a deckchair in 2015 and then doubling up as a trackside cameraman past year, both after engine failures.

"We'll see what we get tomorrow but I think we can fine-tune the balance which will help us".

Third place in each session lapped within 0.001s, with Daniel Ricciardo's 1m 09.743s effort in FP2 proving marginally quicker than Kimi Raikkonen's 1m 09.744s from earlier in the day.

His 20-year-old Dutch team mate Max Verstappen, victor of two of the last four races, was fourth and fifth on the respective timesheets.

Gasly managed just one timed lap, and five in total, before he was sidelined by another MGU-H issue, while Hartley suffered an on-track engine failure during the early stages of the session.

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"I think they (Renault) are really struggling to understand what are the root cause of these issues", said Horner. There was no rain and it made it a bit easier, but I think overall it's pretty straightforward: "Mercedes seems to be the quickest and then it's pretty close between Red Bull and us", Vettel said.

Vettel, who led the majority of this year's championship battle before his charge imploded in the Far East, faces a battle to finish the season as best of the rest behind Hamilton with Bottas now breathing down his neck. Will team orders come into effect at Mercedes?

After losing the title in Mexico, Vettel said he enjoyed getting back in the vehicle in Brazil on Friday.

"I like driving it was nice to get in a lot of laps today, more quiet on track than off track".

Sergio Perez was 12th for Force India ahead of Stoffel Vandoorne, while Williams rookie Lance Stroll finished in 14th, though he will hope to cut the 0.7s deficit to teammate Massa in qualifying.

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