Rosberg fastest in practice

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Published: Saturday 8th November 2014 by The News Editor

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Nico Rosberg completed a clean sweep in practice ahead of Sunday’s Brazilian Grand Prix to prove to Lewis Hamilton he is not going to give up this year’s Formula One world title without a fight.

Rosberg has been sent reeling in recent months by Mercedes team-mate Hamilton’s string of five successive victories that have allowed the Briton to open up a 24-point lead.

Rosberg desperately needs to stop the rot around Interlagos to raise his hopes going into the final race in Abu Dhabi on November 23, even though controversially double points are on offer.

Certainly the 29-year-old could have done no more in practice as he topped the timesheet in both sessions on Friday before edging Hamilton again in the final hour-long run on Saturday.

Rosberg produced a weekend-best time of one minute 10.446secs, with Hamilton again settling for second best by finishing 0.114secs down.

The story is a mirror image so far of what unfolded in Austin last weekend ahead of the United States Grand Prix as Hamilton was fastest in all three practice runs, only to eventually lose out on pole position to Rosberg.

It shows there is scope for the tables to turn yet, although there is a fly in the ointment looming as rain is forecast for qualifying.

Williams’ duo Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas pushed the Mercedes duo reasonably close with times that were 0.429secs and 0.608secs off the pace respectively.

Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo was three quarters of a second down in fifth, whilst there is hope yet for Jenson Button who endured a troubled day on Friday as he missed out on FP1 due to an ERS failure.

The Briton, still waiting for news on whether he is to be retained by McLaren for 2015, was sixth quickest, a fraction of a second adrift of Ricciardo.

Ferrari duo Kimi Raikkonen and Fernando Alonso were down in seventh and eighth, with the latter back on track after a new power unit was installed after an old version burst into flames during FP2, with both just under a second down.

McLaren’s Kevin Magnussen and Toro Rosso’s Daniil Kvyat completed the top 10, albeit the latter cut adrift of the Dane by three tenths of a second.

Outgoing four-times champion Sebastian Vettel has so far struggled and was a lowly 11th, with the German 1.5secs back.

At the rear of the field, with no Caterham or Marussia now in the sport, it was the Force India duo of Nico Hulkenberg and Sergio Perez, with the Mexican 2.5secs back.

Published: Saturday 8th November 2014 by The News Editor

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