Stolen NASCAR recovered in GeorgiaStolen NASCAR recovered in Georgia NBA dancer sinks no-look half-court shotNBA dancer sinks no-look half-court shot Maxwell’s choking taunt backfires in NZMaxwell’s choking taunt backfires in NZ
Most popular articles
$10,000 up for grabsSign-up for NRL, AFL
and Rugby tipping
Remarkable Ronda: UFC fighters react to Rousey's perfect victoryRemarkable Ronda: UFC fighters react to Rousey's perfect victoryIn his first official statement since testing positive to steroids yesterday, UFC superstar Anderson Silva plans to fight the 'allegations' against him. 'Cyborg' vs. Rousey next? Dana White's coy response'Cyborg' vs. Rousey next? Dana White's coy responseWhen former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva tested positive for anabolic steroids today, his entire legacy as a prize fighter was called into question. Ladies night: When four women took over the most physical sport in the world Ladies night: When four women took over the most physical sport in the world Anderson Silva's doctor has said that the former UFC champion denies taking performance enhancing drugs, and wants to be tested again. Rousey the incredible: UFC champ defends title with 14 second  submission victoryRousey the incredible: UFC champ defends title with 14 second submission victoryBusted for PEDS today, you won't believe what former UFC champ Anderson Silva told Jon Jones (who recently tested positive to cocaine) at UFC 183. A new Holm: 18 X boxing world champ successful in UFC debutA new Holm: 18 X boxing world champ successful in UFC debutThe MMA world is in shock after UFC 183 headliners Anderson Silva and Nick Diaz both tested positive to banned substances. Fighter reactions here. Foaming at the mouth: Ellenberger submits Koscheck at UFC 184Foaming at the mouth: Ellenberger submits Koscheck at UFC 184Both Anderson Silva and Nick Diaz have failed drug tests following UFC 184. Silva tested positive for an anabolic steroid, while Diaz tested for marijuana.
Wide World of Sports TV partners
Footy ClassifiedOur award winning panel tell it how it really is in the AFL world.Wide World of SportsCatch up with Ken Sutcliffe and the team on Wide World of Sports.NRL Footy ShowFatty and the gang bring you an entertaining look at rugby league.AFL Footy ShowAustralia's favourite team takes you through the week in AFL.
Hamilton backs McLaren to shine
19:00 AEST Sat Nov 24 2012

Lewis Hamilton believes he and McLaren may have a decisive edge over their rivals after he dominated the opening free practice ahead of this weekend's Brazilian Grand Prix.

The 27-year-old Briton, who topped the times in both the morning and afternoon sessions, ended up more than two-tenths of a second faster than defending champion Sebastian Vettel of Red Bull.

"The single-lap pace was really good. I struggled a little bit on the prime tyres, but on the options I was able to get a very good lap out and at the time it was eight-tenths faster than anyone else," said Hamilton.

"Obviously everyone closed the gap towards the end. Sebastian had several tenths and I think he would have got close, but it didn't look like he could match the times, so that's a positive for us.

"But again, we'll see what happens with the fuel loads on Saturday. Qualifying is a different case, but I think we are definitely there or thereabouts this weekend.

"The long runs are the hardest part on the tyres which Red Bull has generally been good at, but we seem quicker than them on the long runs, at least quicker than Mark Webber."

Hamilton will start his 110th and final race for McLaren on Sunday before he leaves to join Mercedes next season.

Team-mate and fellow-Briton Jenson Button was only eighth quickest in the second McLaren as he experimented with a lower-downforce wing.

"It's less downforce but it works in a different way. It's the worst conditions to run a low-downforce car, because in such high temperatures you overheat and slide the tyres," said Button.

"Surprisingly on the long run it's not that bad. It's just on the short runs where you can't use DRS (Drag Reduction System) where you'd like, because you haven't got enough grip."

Meanwhile, the in-form McLaren team believe they have no reason to fear the forecast wet conditions for Sunday's race and can dominate if it rains or remains dry.

Sporting director Sam Michael said he was confident McLaren were able to deal with all conditions.

Michael said: "Last time in the wet we were quite fast, so that is our last data point.

"So, we changed two or three things after that and hopefully those changes means we can be quicker in those conditions. But until you run in the wet you don't know.

"You can always come away thinking you are really good in the wet, and you have a bad race again and it changes."

But Michael said it would be a very difficult challenge to defeat both Red Bull and Ferrari in wet conditions.

"I don't mind what we get, to be honest, I am pretty neutral on it. Coming first and second against Red Bull and Ferrari would be pretty tough, and the weather can go either way on you. We don't mind.

"Our target this weekend is to finish first and second, because if we finish first and second we will finish second in the constructors' championship no matter what happens to anyone else.

"Whether we can achieve that or not remains to be seen. Both drivers were very competitive this morning, but we will try and win it and come second."