Boys from Brazil

If today’s first practice at the Brazilian GP is anything to go by, then this weekend’s race could prove to be nearly as manic as last year’s.

Rain, crashes, red flags, and multiple telly shots of Felipe Massa returning to F1’s inner sanctum for the first time since his accident in Hungary, it was the most hectic first session of the year so far.

On track, Red Bull’s Mark Webber showed that the RB5 has good speed at Interlagos, which is rather ominous for Jenson Button’s title chances, although teammate Rubens Barrichello made his Brawn shine for the second quickest time.

Third place title challenger Sebastian Vettel posted third fastest, just ahead of Heikki Kovalainen and Lewis Hamilton, respectively, in the McLarens.

But as we know, you can never gauge what’s going to happen in the race from the practice sheet, so you’ll just have to make predictions.

However, if the wags from a Brazilian telly show were successful in jinxing Button – when they placed a ladder over the doorway of a restaurant he was due to walk through – then Barrichello may be in luck.

Although if Jenson finishes on the podium this weekend, then the title’s his. Either way, it’s going to be an exciting race.

Check the full practice placings on BBC Sport.

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