World Champion Lewis Hamilton set the pace during the final practice session for the Brazilian Grand Prix, in spite of a couple of problems for the Briton at Interlagos.
Hamilton’s car stopped on track at Bico de Pato due to a gearbox problem after 20 minutes but he was able to get going again and resume his programme.
However, he spun entering Mergulho and had to abandon his lap, before returning to the circuit on Option tyres and posting a time of 1:12.070
Hamilton’s lap proved to be 0.123s clear of team-mate Nico Rosberg, while Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel was the only driver to get within a second of the Mercedes pilot.
Kimi Räikkönen placed fourth, ahead of compatriot Valtteri Bottas, while Force India and Lotus shared the next positions, courtesy of Nico Hülkenberg, Romain Grosjean, Sergio Pérez and Pastor Maldonado.
Maldonado survived a lurid moment during the final moments of running when his Lotus E23 Hybrid snapped wide through the fast Ferradura corner.
Max Verstappen completed the top 10, while Red Bull struggled to 11th and 13th, Daniel Ricciardo and Daniil Kvyat split by the Williams of Felipe Massa.
Fernando Alonso finished 14th, ahead of compatriot Carlos Sainz Jr. and Sauber pair Marcus Ericsson and Felipe Nasr.
Jenson Button complained of understeer in 18th spot, while Manor Marussia drivers Will Stevens and Alexander Rossi rounded out the runners.