Nico Rosberg had the honour of being 'best of the rest' in practice for the United States Grand Prix at Indianapolis, the German reaffirming his status as an increasingly consistent top ten runner with the seventh and sixth best times of the day.

Continuing the good form that has seen him qualify inside the top ten on four occasions this year, Rosberg had quibbled that the Indianapolis circuit was not one of his favourites, but did not show that as he lapped up with leaders McLaren, Ferrari and BMW.

Indeed, the former GP2 Champion was pleased to have been competitive from the off and was happy to end the day with no obvious problems.

"Practice was pretty good. I was encouraged by the car as soon as I went out on the track and just really enjoyed myself. It looks like some of the problems that we've been experiencing at other tracks this season just weren't there today.

"That is a very good feeling. We now have a strong platform to work from to go into qualifying tomorrow. We've obviously made progress and didn't look bad at all."

The second Williams meanwhile was shared between Alex Wurz and test driver Kazuki Nakajima, who continued to get more miles under his belt with a stint in the morning session. However, Wurz found himself with a limited amount of track time as a result when he suffered a gearbox leak that lost him 30 minutes in the afternoon.

"I just drove in second practice today on the used set of tyres from Kazuki's run in the morning.
Just as I was starting to get into a rhythm and tune the car in, I had a gearbox oil leak. That lost us about half an hour so it was a real rush at the end to get some timed laps in. Despite the setback, we have a good idea as to the set-up we'll go for, we will just have to wait and see now how qualifying goes."

Nakajima though was pleased to still be part of Williams policy of running test drivers in Friday practice sessions, the Japanese driver honoured to be competing at the Indianapolis circuit.

"Throughout the morning session we worked on the car's balance and various different set-up options. It all went well and I'm particularly happy because I completed the programme as planned. This was my first time at Indy so going round the banking was pretty exciting, but then you get used to it and it becomes normal. It's a fairly challenging track, due to the twisty and slow speed sectors, but it's just a legendary circuit to drive."

 

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