Replays showed Vettel waving frantically at the FIA technicians as he arrived at the scales and urging them to complete the weighing process as quickly as possible. "I wanted them to hurry up".
While Hamilton isn't confident the work undertaken after Mexico will instantly eradicate Mercedes' problems, he reckoned it could be crucial for 2019.
Hamilton settled for third place, but the Briton was involved in two incidents during the session.
Lewis Hamilton has threatened to walk away from Formula One if a plan to expand the season to 25 races is confirmed.
To achieve that they'll need Bottas to perform and although he was unable to repeat his Q2 exploits by going top, to get his vehicle ahead of the sister Prancing Horse of Raikkonen will no doubt please his boss Toto Wolff.
"I think 18 was probably the best back in the day", added the 33-year-old.
He refused to discuss it further when asked to elaborate in a news conference, saying: "I don't want to talk it through".
After Ferrari lost out big time with a qualifying tyre gamble in Japan, it seemed incredibly courageous to play chicken with the weather in Brazil.
Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic May Win $2.7 Million — ATP Finals
Marian Vajda was the favourite when the ATP Coach of the Year nominees were revealed, and expectations were fulfilled. The indoor hard-courts, with their controlled environment, provide an nearly ideal canvas for Federer's artistry.
Hamilton moved left to try to get out of the way but Sirotkin was already going that way and had to take avoiding action.
"The stewards reviewed the video evidence from the on-board camera and pit lane CCTV, viewed team engine telemetry and heard from the driver of vehicle 5 (Sebastian Vettel) and team representative", a statement said.
"We all know to keep a gap". "My last lap wasn't that good, to be honest".
For his part, Bottas doesn't want to win a race through team orders.
Pierre Gasly, who will succeed Ricciardo at Red Bull, was ninth for Toro Rosso and Charles Leclerc, the Monegasque prodigy who will join Ferrari next year, was 10th for Sauber.
With team-mate Stoffel Vandoorne last of all, the only auto Alonso could beat was the Williams of Lance Stroll. "Ferrari have been incredibly quick this weekend".
"I'm hoping this weekend we can get the vehicle into the right place, so we can fight the Red Bulls and the Ferraris, who have seemed to come back more into shooting range". I have worked very hard for it and I am confident it will come, but ultimately I don't know.
"The Stewards first considered whether there was a breach of Article 29.1.a.i".
VIP guests: Burrowing owls are a fixture trackside at Interlagos Hulkenberg crashed into the barriers at Turn 13 during Friday's practice session Lewis Hamilton and Felipe Massa were reunited at the scene of their famous title battle of 2008 "Hmmm, these don't seem right - has Seb been using them, guys?" The scales are used to weigh cars mid-session and the FIA has the right to call in any vehicle that is returning to the pits for a random check.