2013 BRAZIL GP: NICO ROSBERG SET FASTEST TIME ON FRIDAY PRACTICES

The Brazilian Grand Prix weekend got off to a wet start in both free practice sessions today, with no times set on the slick tyres and all the running taking place on the Cinturato Green intermediate and Cinturato Blue full wet. The hard tyre was used briefly in FP1 by Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel. The German’s slick run was just for data gathering and he did not set a time with them.

The teams also had the new 2014 Pirelli development tyres available, but the weather conditions meant that they did not get the chance to drive on them. Again, only Vettel went out to do one lap on the prototype tyres. However, with more rain expected for the rest of the weekend, all the wet weather practice today was extremely useful.

The fastest time of the day was set by Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg early in FP1 on the Cinturato Green intermediate: 1:24.781s. Rosberg was quickest for most of FP2 as well, having set a benchmark time on the Cinturato Blue, before being usurped by Vettel on an intermediate tyre run. However, Rosberg managed to take fastest time back right at the end of FP2 with his own final run on intermediate tyres, thanks to a lap in 1:27.306s. The rain eased off slightly at the end of FP2, with Sauber’s Esteban Gutierrez the only driver not to switch to the intermediate by the end of the session. Most of the drivers used just one set of intermediates and wets throughout the day, even though the regulations allow for an extra set of intermediates if the Friday sessions are wet.
FIRST FREE PRACTICE
 P.    Driver               Team           Time       Gap   Laps
 1. Nico Rosberg           Mercedes AMG   1:24.781           14   
 2. Lewis Hamilton         Mercedes AMG   1:25.230  + 0.449  13   
 3. Sebastian Vettel       Red Bull       1:25.387  + 0.606  17   
 4. Jenson Button          McLaren        1:25.391  + 0.610  25   
 5. Fernando Alonso        Ferrari        1:25.593  + 0.812  13   
 6. Mark Webber            Red Bull       1:25.797  + 1.016  17   
 7. Sergio Perez           McLaren        1:25.946  + 1.165  15   
 8. Daniil Kvyat           Toro Rosso     1:26.064  + 1.283  17   
 9. Heikki Kovalainen      Lotus          1:26.135  + 1.352  31   
10. Nico Hulkenberg        Sauber         1:26.232  + 1.451  17   
11. Felipe Massa           Ferrari        1:26.248  + 1.467  15   
12. Esteban Gutierrez      Sauber         1:26.326  + 1.545  28   
13. Romain Grosjean        Lotus          1:26.570  + 1.789  28   
14. Jean-Eric Vergne       Toro Rosso     1:26.593  + 1.812  22   
15. Adrian Sutil           Force India    1:27.115  + 2.334  25   
16. Valtteri Bottas        Williams       1:27.269  + 2.488  23   
17. Pastor Maldonado       Williams       1:27.358  + 2.577  23   
18. James Calado           Force India    1:27.436  + 2.655   9   
19. Giedo van der Garde    Caterham       1:28.107  + 3.326  18   
20. Charles Pic            Caterham       1:28.199  + 3.418  17   
21. Jules Bianchi          Marussia       1:30.004  + 5.223  24   
22. Rodolfo Gonzalez       Marussia       1:32.646  + 7.865  19    
SECOND FREE PRACTICE
 P.     Driver              Team           Time       Gap   Laps
 1. Nico Rosberg           Mercedes AMG   1:27.306           12
 2. Sebastian Vettel       Red Bull       1:27.531  + 0.225  10
 3. Mark Webber            Red Bull       1:27.592  + 0.286  18
 4. Heikki Kovalainen      Lotus          1:28.129  + 0.823  13
 5. Lewis Hamilton         Mercedes AMG   1:28.147  + 0.841   9
 6. Jean-Eric Vergne       Toro Rosso     1:28.405  + 1.099  11
 7. Felipe Massa           Ferrari        1:28.540  + 1.234   9
 8. Nico Hulkenberg        Sauber         1:28.560  + 1.254  20
 9. Daniel Ricciardo       Toro Rosso     1:28.739  + 1.433  20
10. Romain Grosjean        Lotus          1:28.891  + 1.585  12
11. Fernando Alonso        Ferrari        1:28.928  + 1.622  10
12. Esteban Gutierrez      Sauber         1:29.049  + 1.743  17
13. Paul di Resta          Force India    1:29.174  + 1.868  11
14. Pastor Maldonado       Williams       1:29.717  + 2.411  13
15. Adrian Sutil           Force India    1:29.783  + 2.477   7
16. Valtteri Bottas        Williams       1:30.425  + 3.119  15
17. Sergio Perez           McLaren        1:30.748  + 3.442   8
18. Jules Bianchi          Marussia       1:31.061  + 3.755  18
19. Giedo van der Garde    Caterham       1:31.118  + 3.812  16
20. Charles Pic            Caterham       1:31.165  + 3.859  15
21. Max Chilton            Marussia       1:31.211  + 3.905  19
22. Jenson Button          McLaren        1:31.770  + 4.464   6