Brazilian Grand Prix: Practice

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ByTheMinF1

Hello everybody! Welcome to commentary for the first free practice session for the Brazilian Grand Prix at Interlagos.

I'm Nick, @SportyPigF1 on Twitter and I'm not afraid to say that the Interlagos circuit is amongts the top 3 circuits on the calendar.

Two Friday driver swaps for you today. Charles LeClerc has repaced Esteban Gutierrez in the Haas and down at Sauber Marcus Ericsson has been replaced by somebody as well, I can't remember who. I'll updated you when I find out.

The session is a few minutes old and there are various installation laps being carried out.

Interestingly, Sauber are testing the Halo driver protection device, too.

It is of course Felipe Massa's last home race this weekend. As he came round to finish his installation lap, he was waving to the crowd that have turned up at the track to watch the session this morning.

Haas are running the Halo device along with Sauber this weekend. Perhaps too late to introduce the device formthe start of next season but it is inevitable. I'm not a fan of it, personally.

To the race for the championship and if Lewis Hamilton does indeed stop Nico Rosberg from clinching his maiden World Championship, it'll be the 24th different F1 venue he's been victorious at.

Just going back to the driver swaps for this session, it's only Esteban Gutierrez in the Haas that has been replaced. Marcus Ericsson is in the Sauber has not been replaced.

Pascal Wehrlein in the Manor will be the first man to complete a timed lap. He missed out on the Force India drive for 2017 to his current teammate Esteban Ocon yesterday. Ocon will partner Sergio Perez at Force India next year. Incidentally, the German set a 1:17.9.