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Rosberg sets pace in Brazil GP practice

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Saturday 14th November, 2015 - 7:44am

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Nico Rosberg

Nico Rosberg

Nico Rosberg emerged as the pacesetter for this weekend’s Brazilian Grand Prix after topping the times in Friday practice.

Fresh from his victory at the Mexican Grand Prix, the German continued his run of impressive form by dominating the second 90 minute practice session at Interlagos.

Rosberg posted a session best 1:12.385s on soft compound rubber which proved to be almost half a second quicker than his Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton.

Hamilton, who suffered a minor road accident in the lead up to this weekend’s race, was the star of opening practice, but was unable to match Rosberg’s soft tyre pace in the afternoon hit out.

Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel was the only driver to lap within a second of the Mercedes duo in third, with the four-time world champion 0.960s adrift of Rosberg.

Kimi Raikkonen confirmed Ferrari as Mercedes’ nearest challengers in fourth.

Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo set the fifth quickest time armed with the upgraded Renault power unit, which will see him incur a 10 place grid penalty for Sunday’s race.

Valtteri Bottas recovered from a spin to claim sixth spot with the Lotus of Romain Grosjean and Force India’s Nico Hulkenberg close behind.

The sister Red Bull of Daniil Kvyat and the second Williams of crowd favourite Felipe Massa rounded out the top 10.

McLaren continued to struggle for outright speed with Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso languishing more than two seconds adrift in 16th and 18th positions respectively.

Alonso caused the only interruption to practice when he came to a halt on the circuit with smoke coming from his car.

Bottas was handed a three place grid penalty for passing under red flag conditions triggered by Alonso.

Result: Formula 1 Brazilian Grand Prix Practice 2 

Position Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:12.385s 42
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:12.843s +0.458s 39
3 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:13.345s +0.960s 41
4 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1:13.500s +1.115s 43
5 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1:13.585s +1.200s 39
6 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1:13.603s +1.218s 37
7 Romain Grosjean Lotus/Mercedes 1:13.634s +1.249s 45
8 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1:13.710s +1.325s 43
9 Daniil Kvyat Red Bull/Renault 1:13.848s +1.463s 40
10 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1:13.870s +1.485s 42
11 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1:14.056s +1.671s 34
12 Pastor Maldonado Lotus/Mercedes 1:14.124s +1.739s 42
13 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari 1:14.134s +1.749s 44
14 Max Verstappen Toro Rosso/Renault 1:14.226s +1.841s 35
15 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Renault 1:14.326s +1.941s 45
16 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 1:14.644s +2.259s 37
17 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1:14.772s +2.387s 38
18 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1:15.129s +2.744s 10
19 Will Stevens Marussia/Ferrari 1:16.501s +4.116s 35
20 Alexander Rossi Marussia/Ferrari 1:16.787s +4.402s 35

Result: Formula 1 Brazilian Grand Prix Practice 1

Position Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:13.543s 28
2 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:14.062s +0.519s 36
3 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:14.168s +0.625s 27
4 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1:14.449s +0.906s 27
5 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1:14.549s +1.006s 20
6 Daniil Kvyat Red Bull/Renault 1:14.696s +1.153s 25
7 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1:14.886s +1.343s 25
8 Max Verstappen Toro Rosso/Renault 1:14.960s +1.417s 38
9 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1:15.174s +1.631s 33
10 Pastor Maldonado Lotus/Mercedes 1:15.192s +1.649s 31
11 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Renault 1:15.314s +1.771s 38
12 Jolyon Palmer Lotus/Mercedes 1:15.352s +1.809s 33
13 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 1:15.379s +1.836s 28
14 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari 1:15.381s +1.838s 29
15 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1:15.408s +1.865s 32
16 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1:15.413s +1.870s 29
17 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1:15.469s +1.926s 24
18 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1:15.798s +2.255s 34
19 Alexander Rossi Marussia/Ferrari 1:17.860s +4.317s 23
20 Will Stevens Marussia/Ferrari 1:18.090s +4.547s 22

 

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