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Formula One: Hamilton fastest in opening practice

AFP logoAFP 11-11-2016
Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team's British driver Lewis Hamilton in the pits during first practice session of the Formula One Brazilian Grand Prix , in Sao Paulo, Brazil on November 11, 2016. © Provided by AFP Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team's British driver Lewis Hamilton in the pits during first practice session of the Formula One Brazilian Grand Prix , in Sao Paulo, Brazil on November 11, 2016.

Lewis Hamilton topped the times to take the early initiative in the first practice for this weekend's Brazilian Grand Prix as his Mercedes team-mate, championship leader Nico Rosberg, was third.

The 31-year-old Briton, who is seeking to stop his German team-mate from winning Sunday's race and clinching his maiden drivers' title, was in dominant form as he clocked a best time of one minute and 11.895 seconds at Interlagos.

Dutch teenager Max Verstappen was second for Red Bull, just 0.096 seconds adrift of the Englishman's time, with Rosberg third two-tenths of a second down on Hamilton.

On a clear, dry and straightforward day of preliminary action at the Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace, Rosberg appeared content to complete his programme of preparation for a contest in which he will become champion if he wins without any drama.

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