Rosberg tops second practice in Brazil

Nico Rosberg led the way in free practice two of the Brazilian Grand Prix with a time of 1m12.385s for the Mercedes AMG PETRONAS team.

It was a one-two for the team again, with FP1 pacesetter Lewis Hamilton 0.458s behind in second, while Sebastian Vettel was third quickest for Scuderia Ferrari with a time of 1m13.345s.  The second Ferrari of Kimi Raikkonen was fourth, 1.115s back on Rosberg’s time.

Daniel Ricciardo finished fifth for Infiniti Red Bull Racing with a time of 1m13.585s as he continue to run with the upgraded Renault engine, just ahead of the leading Williams Martini Racing entry of Valtteri BottasLotus F1 Team driver Romain Grosjean ended seventh ahead of the first Sahara Force India of Nico Hulkenberg.

Daniil Kvyat made it two Red Bulls in the top ten, with home hero Felipe Massa completing the top ten for Williams with a time of 1m13.870s, only 0.267s behind Finnish team-mate.

Sergio Perez was eleventh for Force India with a time of 1m14.056s ahead of the second Lotus of Pastor Maldonado, while Sauber F1 Team driver and the second Brazilian in the field Felipe Nasr leading the two Scuderia Toro Rosso drivers Max Verstappen and Carlos Sainz.

Jenson Button was the quickest of the two McLaren-Honda drivers in sixteenth with a time of 1m14.644s ahead of the second Sauber of Marcus Ericsson, but the other McLaren driver, Fernando Alonso, stopped on track at turn ten after reporting of a “power problem”. The Spaniard finished his session with a time of 1m15.129s down in eighteenth for the team.

Will Stevens finished ahead of Manor F1 Team team-mate Alexander Rossi at the back of the field.

Interlagos Free Practice 2 Result

16Nico RosbergMercedes1m12.385s-42
244Lewis HamiltonMercedes1m12.843s0.458s39
35Sebastian VettelFerrari1m13.345s0.960s41
47Kimi RaikkonenFerrari1m13.500s1.115s43
53Daniel RicciardoRed Bull/Renault1m13.585s1.200s39
677Valtteri BottasWilliams/Mercedes1m13.603s1.218s37
78Romain GrosjeanLotus/Mercedes1m13.634s1.249s45
827Nico HulkenbergForce India/Mercedes1m13.710s1.325s43
926Daniil KvyatRed Bull/Renault1m13.848s1.463s40
1017Felipe MassaWilliams/Mercedes1m13.870s1.485s42
1111Sergio PerezForce India/Mercedes1m14.056s1.671s34
1213Pastor MaldonadoLotus/Mercedes1m14.124s1.739s42
1312Felipe NasrSauber/Ferrari1m14.134s1.749s44
1433Max VerstappenToro Rosso/Renault1m14.226s1.841s35
1555Carlos SainzToro Rosso/Renault1m14.326s1.941s45
1622Jenson ButtonMcLaren/Honda1m14.644s2.259s37
179Marcus EricssonSauber/Ferrari1m14.772s2.387s38
1814Fernando AlonsoMcLaren/Honda1m15.129s2.744s10
1998Will StevensMarussia/Ferrari1m16.501s4.116s35
2053Alexander RossiMarussia/Ferrari1m16.787s4.402s35