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Rosberg maintains his advantage in second Brazil practice

Nico Rosberg topped the times in Brazil for the second time on Friday, leading the Red Bull pair of Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber in FP2 at Interlagos
Friday, November 22, 2013

November 22nd, 2013 (F1Plus / Chris Cameron-Dow) - Nico Rosberg topped the times again in second practice for the Brazilian Grand Prix, after heading first practice earlier in the day. Rosberg was quicker than the Red Bull duo of Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber who were second and third fastest respectively.

Free Practice 2 began in significantly wetter conditions than had been seen in FP1. It was clear that full wet tyres were the only option for most of the session, as the intermediates would simply not have been able to displace enough water to allow the drivers to maintain control of their cars.

As a result of the extreme weather, the track was relatively quiet for quite a while. First out on track was Marussia's Max Chilton, who had not taken part in FP1 as his car was being driven by Rodolfo Gonzalez for the session. He needed to get some time in the car, and so he ventured out on the full wet tyres to find his feet on the Interlagos circuit. 

Chilton was soon joined by a few others, as there was some value in running the full wet tyres. In particular, the teams needed to work out the crossover point between the intermediate and wet tyres, i.e. the track conditions and lap times at which it would be beneficial to change from one type of wet weather tyre to the other.

Rosberg set the quickest time on the full wet tyres, about four seconds slower than he had gone in the morning session on intermediates. At that point, he got on the radio and told his team that he'd had enough, i.e. the conditions were poor and he was not having a good time on the track.

Late in the session, when the standing water had mostly cleared, all of the drivers (with the exception of Esteban Gutierrez) took to the track on intermediate tyres. As would be expected with a slightly drier track and slightly quicker tyres, the lap times started to fall a bit. Sebastian Vettel went quickest for a few minutes, but ultimately Rosberg delivered a lap time that was beyond the reach of even the reigning World Champion.

Heikki Kovalainen set the fourth fastest time, an impressive achievement considering that he drove the Lotus E21 in wet conditions for the first time today. Kovalainen was eight tenths of a second off the pace, but seven tenths faster than Romain Grosjean in the other Lotus.

Although Jenson Button finished the session slowest, that is certainly not a reflection of his pace around the Interlagos circuit in the wet. He covered only 6 laps, preferring to sit in the garage rather than take unnecessary risks on the track. He will no doubt spend more time on track in third practice tomorrow morning.

Full results from FP2:

Pos No Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 9 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:27.306   12
2 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:27.531 0.225 10
3 2 Mark Webber Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:27.592 0.286 18
4 7 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Renault 1:28.129 0.823 13
5 10 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:28.147 0.841 9
6 18 Jean-Eric Vergne STR-Ferrari 1:28.405 1.099 11
7 4 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:28.540 1.234 9
8 11 Nico Hulkenberg Sauber-Ferrari 1:28.560 1.254 20
9 19 Daniel Ricciardo STR-Ferrari 1:28.739 1.433 20
10 8 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1:28.891 1.585 12
11 3 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:28.928 1.622 10
12 12 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1:29.049 1.743 17
13 14 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1:29.174 1.868 11
14 16 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1:29.717 2.411 13
15 15 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1:29.783 2.477 7
16 17 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Renault 1:30.425 3.119 15
17 6 Sergio Perez McLaren-Mercedes 1:30.748 3.442 8
18 22 Jules Bianchi Marussia-Cosworth 1:31.061 3.755 18
19 21 Giedo van der Garde Caterham-Renault 1:31.118 3.812 16
20 20 Charles Pic Caterham-Renault 1:31.165 3.859 15
21 23 Max Chilton Marussia-Cosworth 1:31.211 3.905 19
22 5 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:31.770 4.464 6


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