Pastor Maldonado had to park his car early after flames from the rear of his E22.
Esteban Ocon completed a strong showing in his first Grand Prix practice session.
Romain Grosjean retires after a Power Unit issue.
Alan Permane: “We have everything to do in the race tomorrow.”
Interlagos is offering a reasonable challenge with its new track surface.
F1 authorities are scrambling this week to put down a lingering boycott threat ahead of the Brazilian Grand Prix.
Pastor Maldonado has admitted he is looking forward to Lotus' switch from Renault to Mercedes power for 2015.