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.
Lotus: From Russia with Love
Pastor Maldonado setting the seventeenth fastest time and Romain Grosjean the eighteenth quickest at Suzuka
Romain Grosjean P13 and Pastor Maldonado P16 on free practice at Suzuka.
Interview with Romain Grosjean and Pastor Maldonado
Lotus team owner Gerard Lopez, and the Fernando Alonso-connected Flavio Briatore, have played down the latest explosive F1 rumours.