The drivers who shared the front row of the grid for the last race were quickest in the second practice session in Brazil.
Lewis Hamilton headed the times in an uneventful session. He was followed by Sebastian Vettel, with the other Red Bull of Mark Webber in third.
Hamilton led the running early in the session on the harder tyres. Michael Schumacher briefly took over at the top of the times after switching to the soft compound.
Hamilton quickly returned to the top but Schumacher’s best effort remained within three-tenths of a second of the McLaren.
The Red Bull drivers were unable to beat Hamilton’s best time and Fernando Alonso took fourth.
Shortly before the end of the session Sergio Perez came to a stop at Juncao, telling the team he had a gearbox problem.
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