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F1 Brazilian Grand Prix: Rosberg sets lofty benchmark in FP2

Nico Rosberg set the pace in second practice at the Brazilian Grand Prix, out-pacing Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton before teams switched to long runs.
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Nico Rosberg has ended the first day of free practice action for the Brazilian Grand Prix around Interlagos at the top of the timesheets, emerging almost half a second quicker than team-mate Lewis Hamilton in FP2.

With intermittent rain towards the start of the session being negated by otherwise soaring temperatures around the Sao Paulo venue, Rosberg would set the pace on the option tyres, stopping the clock at a best of 1min 12.385secs.

Having been half a second behind Hamilton in FP1, Rosberg's efforts would see him go four-tenths ahead in FP2 this time, despite an off-track moment towards the end of the session and complaints about upshift problems.

With Mercedes establishing a clear advantage over the opposition, Sebastian Vettel once again gave chase in the Ferrari, but would end the 90mins session almost a full second off the ultimate pace, with team-mate Kimi Raikkonen following up in fourth.

With half a second covering fourth down to 14th, Daniel Ricciardo took the upgraded Renault power unit in the back of the Red Bull to an encouraging fifth best, ahead of Valtteri Bottas who - despite a leery spin at turn nine – continued to lead the charge for Williams in sixth.

Despite making way for Jolyon Palmer in FP1, Romain Grosjean was still seventh fastest for Lotus, ahead of Force India's Nico Hulkenberg, Daniil Kvyat in the second Red Bull and Felipe Massa rounding out the top ten.

With drivers contuining to struggle for both grip and tyre life, Max Verstappen was another to suffer a spin, the Dutchman ending up down in 14th place, behind Sergio Perez, Pastor Maldonado and leading Sauber driver Felipe Nasr.

The session was red-flagged for ten minutes early on after Fernando Alonso's McLaren-Honda cried enough, the Spaniard forced to watch much of the afternoon's action from the sidelines. Team-mate Jenson Button was 16th fastest.


Tagged as: Mercedes , Nico Rosberg , Brazil

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Phil

November 14, 2015 10:51 AM
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107SS2009

November 13, 2015 8:45 PM

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