SAO PAULO, Brazil – Nico Rosberg paced both Formula One practice sessions on Friday at Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace, the Mercedes driver showing his skill behind the wheel during wet conditions.
Rosberg ended the second session with a lap of 1:27.306, which turned out to be three seconds off his morning pace. That was enough to best Sebastian Vettel’s 1:27.531 to claim the top of the time sheet. Meantime, Mark Webber got very close to his team mate Vettel at 1:27.592 despite at one stage being informed that he’d suffered a KERS failure.
The trio were far ahead of their rivals, who were led by an impressive Heikki Kovalainen in the lead Lotus at 1:28.129. Lewis Hamilton was next at 1:28.147 in the second Mercedes despite going for a spin in both practice sessions.
In the opening practice Rosberg led a Mercedes sweep of the top two positions, ending the soggy practice with a top time of 1:24.781. Hamilton followed in his Mercedes entry at 1:25.230. Vettel chased the Mercedes duo from third, followed by Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso.
Perhaps the most impressive run of the day belonged to none other than Toro Rosso’s 2014 signing Daniil Kvyat, who looked totally at home in the tricky conditions and didn’t put a wheel wrong during the first practice session. He finished the session eighth fastest, timing in at 1:26.064 while practicing in place of Daniel Ricciardo.