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Red flags halt both practice sessions in Brazil - Spins, crashes, fires and near misses

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Red flags halt both practice sessions in Brazil
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The two Friday free practice sessions were chaotic at Interlagos as the Brazilian Grand Prix weekend got underway. First practice saw three reserve drivers in the car, with Verstappen in the Toro Rosso, Nasr in at Williams and Juncadella behind the wheel of the Force India. The latter managed to crash the car into the barriers, which in turn meant Sergio Pérez was forced to sit out the second session.

Jenson Button took no part in FP1 after his car came to a halt at the end of the pit lane and never got going again. In the second session, Vergne was told to stop the car out on track, causing a red flag. Fernando Alonso’s Ferrari drew to a halt at the side of the track after the engine gave up and burst into flames. The Spaniard had to dash to the nearby marshal post and grab an extinguisher.

Räikkönen had been struggling to keep his car on track in both sessions, and found himself in a pit lane near miss with Massa who was released into his path. And finally, Esteban Gutiérrez also had to stop his Sauber out on track, to round out a hectic day of running for all involved.