Red Bull-Honda went conservative for the Brazilian GP Sprint race, choosing Pirelli medium tyres for the 24-lap qualifying race; Mercedes split their options, fitting soft tyres on the car of Valtteri Bottas and mediums to the car at the back of the grid - that of Lewis Hamilton.

On this cooler afternoon, at a packed Interlagos, the Mercedes gambit worked: Valtteri led from start to finish - and Lewis, on a track that every other driver found difficult for overtaking, passed no fewer than 15 cars in the space of half an hour. Peter Windsor analyses the day's action - and the busy life and times of the FIA Stewards at Interlagos.

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