Preparations for the penultimate race of the season, the Brazilian Grand Prix, got underway today at the Interlagos circuit in Sao Paulo. MERCEDES GP PETRONAS pair Michael Schumacher and Nico Rosberg completed a total of 61 and 60 laps respectively of the 4.309km track as they began the team’s preparations for the weekend.

First Practice
1 S. Vettel Red Bull 1:12.328 23
2 M. Webber Red Bull 1:12.810 +0:00.482 28
3 L. Hamilton McLaren 1:12.845 +0:00.517 24
4 J. Button McLaren 1:13.267 +0:00.939 24
5 R. Kubica Renault 1:13.370 +0:01.042 24
6 N. Rosberg Mercedes 1:13.516 +0:01.188 26
7 R. Barrichello Williams 1:13.546 +0:01.218 26
8 M. Schumacher Mercedes 1:13.643 +0:01.315 25
9 A. Sutil Force India 1:13.918 +0:01.590 26
10 N. Heidfeld Sauber 1:14.000 +0:01.672 23
11 K. Kobayashi Sauber 1:14.004 +0:01.676 23
12 N. Hülkenberg Williams 1:14.155 +0:01.827 29
13 F. Alonso Ferrari 1:14.246 +0:01.918 20
14 F. Massa Ferrari 1:14.267 +0:01.939 26
15 V. Petrov Renault 1:14.370 +0:02.042 23
16 V. Liuzzi Force India 1:14.487 +0:02.159 26
17 J. Alguersuari Toro Rosso 1:14.618 +0:02.290 30
18 S. Buemi Toro Rosso 1:14.734 +0:02.406 29
19 J. Trulli Lotus 1:15.603 +0:03.275 25
20 T. Glock Virgin 1:15.860 +0:03.532 20
21 H. Kovalainen Lotus 1:16.057 +0:03.729 26
22 J. D’Ambrosio Virgin 1:16.707 +0:04.379 28
23 C. Klien HRT 1:16.839 +0:04.511 18
24 B. Senna HRT 1:17.360 +0:05.032 30

Second Practice
1 S. Vettel Red Bull 1:11.968 28
2 M. Webber Red Bull 1:12.072 +0:00.104 34
3 F. Alonso Ferrari 1:12.328 +0:00.360 36
4 L. Hamilton McLaren 1:12.656 +0:00.688 33
5 F. Massa Ferrari 1:12.677 +0:00.709 19
6 R. Kubica Renault 1:12.882 +0:00.914 37
7 J. Button McLaren 1:13.206 +0:01.238 33
8 N. Heidfeld Sauber 1:13.222 +0:01.254 40
9 N. Rosberg Mercedes 1:13.333 +0:01.365 34
10 M. Schumacher Mercedes 1:13.346 +0:01.378 37
11 R. Barrichello Williams 1:13.520 +0:01.552 37
12 K. Kobayashi Sauber 1:13.610 +0:01.642 41
13 N. Hülkenberg Williams 1:13.725 +0:01.757 39
14 A. Sutil Force India 1:13.741 +0:01.773 32
15 V. Petrov Renault 1:13.818 +0:01.850 26
16 V. Liuzzi Force India 1:14.045 +0:02.077 38
17 S. Buemi Toro Rosso 1:14.304 +0:02.336 33
18 J. Alguersuari Toro Rosso 1:14.578 +0:02.610 37
19 J. Trulli Lotus 1:14.984 +0:03.016 47
20 H. Kovalainen Lotus 1:15.101 +0:03.133 43
21 L. di Grassi Virgin 1:15.433 +0:03.465 35
22 B. Senna HRT 1:16.070 +0:04.102 42
23 C. Klien HRT 1:16.082 +0:04.114 38
24 T. Glock Virgin 1:16.150 +0:04.182 35

NICO ROSBERG
“We made some good set-up changes and definitely learned a lot over the two sessions today. As a result, I’m confident that we can nail the set-up if it is dry tomorrow. However if the predicted rain arrives, then I will look forward to it even more as we should be a little stronger if it is wet and have a better chance of being further up the field.”

MICHAEL SCHUMACHER
“We had two trouble free practice sessions today and were able to complete a lot of work with the car. I would have wished and expected for us to be closer to the top teams but unfortunately the gap seems to be a little bigger than at the last races. The track itself has improved a lot since I last raced here and the bumps are not really a problem anymore. All in all, we have to see what we can improve for qualifying tomorrow and we will have a deep look into our data now.”
ROSS BRAWN
“Although we had a more challenging Friday than at recent race weekends, it was a useful day to achieve our set-up work in anticipation of a dry race on Sunday. So far we haven’t achieved the level of performance that we would like but we have collected good information to work through tonight. The weather always seems to play its part in Brazil and if the rain arrives tomorrow, the conditions may benefit us.”

NORBERT HAUG
“Today we did not quite achieve the level of performance that we have shown at the last couple of races however we are not too far off. Our high fuel runs looked reasonable but the single lap performance can be improved further before qualifying. The weather forecast predicts heavy rain for tomorrow so we may see a different order in such conditions. So far, the team, Nico and Michael have always performed quite well in wet conditions.”

Source: Mercedes GP