Hamilton shows the way on opening day in Brazil

Lewis Hamilton has denied allegations of tax avoidance following the release of the so-called Paradise Papers. AFP

"Obviously, both cars have got bits that they (the engineers) are having a look at for future events", said Horner.

Lewis Hamilton, with four world championship stars freshly painted on his race helmet, smashed the Interlagos track record as Mercedes dominated Brazilian Grand Prix practice on Friday.

Finnish team mate Valtteri Bottas was second in both and ended up just 0.048 slower. He has been working hard throughout the year and is focused more than ever, so I know he wants to do it on his own.

"It's been a good day", said Hamilton, who arrived at Interlagos on Thursday nursing a cold and will be chasing his 10th win of the season on Sunday.

"We'll see what we get tomorrow but I think we can fine-tune the balance which will help us".

No other team could get within half a second of Hamilton's best, with Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen coming closest, 0.542s off the world champion.

Daniel Ricciardo finished fifth fastest, though is set to be handed a 10-place grid penalty after taking on a new MGU-H, his eighth of the campaign.

Vettel, who led the majority of this year's championship battle before his charge imploded in the Far East, faces a battle to finish the season as best of the rest behind Hamilton with Bottas now breathing down his neck.

His 20-year-old Dutch team mate Max Verstappen, victor of two of the last four races, was fourth and fifth on the respective timesheets. "There are still two races to go!" he added.

Finnish team mate Valtteri Bottas is third overall and only 15 points behind Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel, a four-times victor this year, with Mercedes determined to finish one-two for the fourth season in a row.

Renault and Toro Rosso, meanwhile had tougher days, including the latter barely posting a lap in the morning after Brendon Hartley suffered another STR-Renault engine failure and the team deciding to sit team-mate Pierre Gasly while it investigated.

But Hamilton was blisteringly fast when he switched to the "soft" tyre - more than 0.5secs a lap on average quicker than Bottas, who was comfortably quicker than Ricciardo as the three were all out on track at the same time.

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