Rosberg heads first wet practice at Austin

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F1 Grand Prix, GP USA, Circuit of The Americasus

Weather played its role in first practice at Austin, but with the weather expected to remain unpredictable throughout the weekend, drivers still went out to get a feel for the conditions. Nico Rosberg eventually came out fastest.

The session got off to an easy start, with everybody understandably taking it easy out on track. Especially in the beginning of the session there was standing water in some areas and a very greasy looking surface overall.

After the early installation laps on full wets, it took only 7 minutes until there was a switch to intermediates. Pastor Maldonado meanwhile found an issue with the gearbox of his Lotus E23 and slowly returned to the pits, not to return to the track in that session. Grosjean on the other hand completed 5 early laps, but after that also went back to the pits for a long break.

Half an hour later, a dry line formed, but with the track still rather wat at several places, everybody continued to run in intermediates as teams started their focus for longer runs.

Fernando Alonso sprung a bit of hope for McLaren Honda, usually peaking 20km/h quicker at the back straight than his team mate. The Spaniard is the only man to use Honda's upgraded power unit this weekend.

Raikkonen at one point also had some problems with his Ferrari's brakes at one point, requiring checks in the garage. Button's complaints were very different as he repeatedly mentioned the bump on the back straight to be very voilent, "nearly a jump".

A point of focus during the session was home driver Alexander Rossi, running a Manor Marussia with the end plates painted as the American stars and stripes. Rossi is set to become the first American racer to compete in a Grand Prix since 2007.


16Nico RosbergMercedes1:53.9897
226Daniil KvyatRed Bull Racing1:55.224+1.235s6
33Daniel RicciardoRed Bull Racing1:55.592+1.603s10
455Carlos SainzToro Rosso1:55.667+1.678s8
544Lewis HamiltonMercedes1:55.693+1.704s4
65Sebastian VettelFerrari1:55.710+1.721s10
733Max VerstappenToro Rosso1:55.969+1.980s7
87Kimi RäikkönenFerrari1:56.326+2.337s10
914Fernando AlonsoMclaren1:56.839+2.850s18
1077Valtteri BottasWilliams1:56.866+2.877s15
1119Felipe MassaWilliams1:57.081+3.092s13
1211Sergio PerezForce India1:57.139+3.150s4
1322Jenson ButtonMclaren1:57.495+3.506s20
1427Nico HulkenbergForce India1:57.518+3.529s4
158Romain GrosjeanLotus1:58.319+4.330s10
1636Raffaele MarcielloSauber1:59.431+5.442s19
179Marcus EricssonSauber1:59.743+5.754s18
1853Alexander RossiMarussia2:01.154+7.165s11
1928Will StevensMarussia2:01.907+7.918s13
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