Rosberg quickest in damp first practice for US GP

untitledA damp Circuit of The Americas threw up some tricky conditions for Friday’s opening practice in the United States. With the drivers setting their best times on intermediate tyres, Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg led the way from Red Bull’s Daniil Kvyat and Daniel Ricciardo.

Carlos Sainz was fourth for Toro Rosso, as Renault-powered runners filled three of the top four positions, with Lewis Hamilton fifth in the second Mercedes and title rival Sebastian Vettel sixth for Ferrari.

Max Verstappen took seventh for Toro Rosso, ahead of Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen – like team mate Vettel, set for a ten-place grid drop – and Fernando Alonso in the sole McLaren featuring Honda’s updated power unit (team mate Jenson Button was 13th). Williams’ Valtteri Bottas completed the top ten.

Pastor Maldonado was the only man not to record a time thanks to gearbox problems on his Lotus.

United States Grand Prix First Practice Results
Pos. Car # Driver Best Time Behind Gap Laps
1 6 Nico Roseberg 1:53.989 Leader Leader 7
2 26 Daniil Kvyat 1:55.224 -1.235 -1.235 6
3 3 Daniel Ricciardo 1:55.592 -1.603 -0.368 10
4 55 Carlos Sainz Jr 1:55.667 -1.678 -0.075 8
5 44 Lewis Hamiton 1:55.693 -1.704 -0.026 4
6 5 Sebastian Vettel 1:55.710 -1.721 -0.017 10
7 33 Max Verstappen 1:55.969 -1.980 -0.259 7
8 7 Kimi Raikkonen 1:56.326 -2.337 -0.357 10
9 14 Fernando Alonso 1:56.839 -2.850 -0.513 18
10 77 Valtteri Bottas 1:56.866 -2.877 -0.027 15
11 19 Felipe Massa 1:57.081 -3.092 -0.215 13
12 11 Sergio Perez 1:57.139 -3.150 -0.058 4
13 22 Jenson Button 1:57.495 -3.506 -0.356 20
14 27 Nico Hulkenberg 1:57.518 -3.529 -0.023 4
15 8 Romain Grojean 1:58.319 -4.330 -0.801 10
16 36 Raffaele Marciello 1:59.431 -5.442 -1.112 19
17 9 Marcus Ericsson 1:59.743 -5.754 -0.312 18
18 53 Alexander Rossi 2:01.154 -7.165 -1.411 11
19 28 Will Stevens 2:01.907 -7.918 -0.753 13
20 13 Pastor Maldonado 0:00.000 -1:53.989 -2:01.907 1

 

 

 

 

 

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