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  1. First practice under way
  2. Second practice: 17:00
  3. Get involved #bbcf1 – is Schumacher the greatest?

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By Niamh Lewis

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  1. Substitutions

    Lando Norris is in the McLaren for Alonso.

    Nicholas Latifi is in the Force India for Perez.

    Antonio Giovinazzi is in the Sauber for Ericsson.

  2. Tyre talk

    Andrew Benson

    BBC Sport’s chief F1 writer at Interlagos

    There is to be a meeting of the Grand
    Prix Drivers’ Association on Friday, and one item on the agenda is the thorny
    old topic of tyres. In recent races, drivers have begun again to express their
    dissatisfaction at the need to drive seconds off the pace in races to manage
    tyres to get to required stint lengths – something that was supposed to be
    ending at the start of 2017, after a concerted effort from the drivers to get
    Pirelli to redesign their product.

    Haas driver Romain Grosjean, a
    director of the GPDA, said: “If we get to somewhere where everyone is
    happy with what we have discussed, then we should move them forward to you
    guys, to Liberty or whoever. [It’s important] we don’t sit back and don’t do
    anything for the sport we love.”

    Toro Rosso’s Pierre Gasly added: “There are many things we can improve but there’s clearly one aspect that could
    improve racing: if we had more robust tyres that are less sensitive to
    overheating. It will give us the opportunity to follow other cars for longer.
    At the moment you do three corners really close from another car and you start
    sliding, [add] 3C on tyres and start to lose performance. It’s a snowball effect,
    the temperatures keep increasing and you’re done. Probably as drivers we need
    to be stronger in our opinion and view of what we need for the future.”

  3. Post update

    For those listening to our BBC Radio 5 live commentary on tyre talk and the FIA, Andrew Benson has more…

  4. Bob McFeil: I still maintain the few that Alonso is the best. If all the best were in the same car- Hamilton on pole and Alonso to win the race.

    Kevin Dinsdale: Hamilton surely the greatest. It’s seems to have been forgotten that he did not have the status Schumacher enjoyed. Having to race and beat his team mates makes his victories worth much more.

    Oliver Neilson: You can only beat the opposition on the track, but it’s important to remember that Schumacher didn’t face top level opponents for most of his titles, he was by a long way the greatest of his era, but that doesn’t necessarily make him the greatest ever.

  5. Post update

    Kimi Raikkonen and Daniel Ricciardo are out on the track.

    Kimi is the first to set a time of 1:20.666.

    666… sounds about right. Did anyone see his Halloween outfit?

    Raikkonen

    Copyright: Kimi Raikkonen

  6. ‘Unfinished business’ for Mercedes

    The only way Mercedes can lose the constructors championship is if Ferrari outscore them by a mere 13 points in Sao Paulo.

    Toto Wolff, Mercedes team boss says: “Our target for this season was to win both championships, not one title or the other, so our mindset is one of unfinished business as we head to Sao Paulo.”

    “This is the moment to keep our feet on the ground, focus clearly on the objective and trust in our processes and people to deliver.”

    Lewis Hamilton car

    Copyright: Reuters

  7. Post update

    Jennie Gow

    BBC Radio 5 live

    It’s an old school pit lane, so it’s very tight for the cars to come into. The mechanics need to get out of the way to let the cars come in.

  8. Radio message

    Gasly: “I think the mechanics can give me more space when I park, can you give me more space.”

    Pierre Gasly

    Copyright: Getty Images

  9. ‘Keep your wits about you’

    Andrew Benson

    BBC Sport’s chief F1 writer at Interlagos

    The Brazilian Grand Prix is a weekend spent on
    edge. The sprawling metropolis of Sao Paulo is a city in which to keep your
    wits about you and stay as low-profile as possible, so as to lower the chances
    of adding to the city’s high crime statistics.

    But with the edge comes
    adrenaline – and that does not cease once one is secured away inside the
    confines of the Interlagos track. In many ways, its personality reflects the
    city’s. It’s fast-paced, incident-packed and there’s a lot going in a small
    space as the circuits winds around its natural amphitheater.

  10. Post update

    Daniel Ricciardo is in the pit lane…

    It’s looking like he’s already got a grid penalty for new parts this weekend after he had more engine trouble in Mexico.

  11. BBC coverage

    BBC Radio 5 live

    First practice will be underway in a few minutes time.

    Our BBC Radio 5 live commentary team of Jack Nicholls, Jolyon Palmer, and Jennie Gow are live now, and can be heard at the top of the page.

  12. Post update

    We are back for our penultimate race of the season in Brazil.

    Of course, the drivers championship has already been cleared up by Lewis Hamilton, but the constructors championship is still up for grabs.

    It’s a fight between Ferrari and Mercedes for the remaining constructors points. It could be Mercedes’ fifth consecutive, or another trophy (and a lot of money) added to Ferrari’s extensive trophy cabinet already.

    And, aside from the constructors championship, it’s a chance for the rest of the field to take some risks and put on a good show.

  13. Get Involved

    Tweet us via #bbcf1

    In various polls overtime, Senna has usually been voted the greatest driver of all time, but this time Michael Schumacher was voted the greatest, albeit by two percent, but it looks like there’s been a generational shift…

    Do we agree?

    Get involved via #bbcf1

    Michael Schumacher

    Copyright: Getty Images

  14. Who is the greatest driver of all time?

    We asked you to vote who is the greatest formula 1 driver of all time, and there were some interesting results…

    Michael Schumacher, the seven time world champion, was voted the greatest of all time, with 29%.

    Lewis Hamilton was second with 27%.

    Followed by Aryton Senna with 25%.

    Last weekend we asked you on Twitter to tell us your fantasy Formula 1 team, and one of the most common answers was Hamilton and Senna.

    They are separated by two different eras, but they are two similar personalities and drivers, who both go down in the list of all time greats.

  15. Remember what happened two weeks ago?

    Max Verstappen won the Mexican Grand Prix in style as he fended off his lead well, earning him driver of the day for the second race in row.

    But, of course, it was a momentous occasion when Lewis Hamilton won his fifth world title, matching Juan Manuel Fangio in the list of all of all time greats.

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