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Webber and Hamilton top free practice in Brazil - The number of Friday drivers increases, as established names lead

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Webber and Hamilton top free practice in Brazil
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Welcome to F1Minute - Webber and Hamilton top free practice in Brazil.

As Free Practice days go, both 90 minute sessions held at Interlagos today were relatively quiet and straightforward. The first was led by Mark Webber, with Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton behind.

There were five Friday drivers out on track first thing, with Nico Hülkenberg in the Force India, Jean-Éric Vergne in the Toro Rosso, Luiz Razia for Lotus, Jan Charouz in the HRT car and Romain Grosjean driving for Renault. Grosjean has been in the Renault for two weekends now, and spoke of his hopes for a race seat - particularly with the news that Kubica won’t be back for the start of 2012. He said: “We are getting closer to the answer... At the moment nothing is done, I will do the best I can.”

The Friday drivers handed back their cars to the rightful owners for the second session, which was topped by Hamilton. Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber finished up behind him, whilst Sergio Pérez came to a grinding halt towards the end of the session. His Sauber was suffering some gearbox problems which brought his Friday running to an abrupt end.