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Rosberg edges ahead in second US Grand Prix practice

Nico Rosberg edged ahead of the pack in the second practice session ahead of this weekend’s United States Grand Prix. And as much as the fight will probably be between the two Mercedes drivers for pole, Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo managed to resist Lewis Hamilton and prevent the team from getting away with a 1-2.

Rosberg clocked the fastest time of the session posting a 1:37.358 on Pirelli’s super soft tyre. Daniel Ricciardo split the Mercedes drivers, giving us a little teaser of the possibilty that Red Bull are bringing the fight to Ferrari this weekend.

Hamilton, who had topped the timesheets for the first practice session, had to settle for third fastest- almost 3 tenths adrift of rival team mate Rosberg.

Sebastian Vettel completed the session fourth fastest ahead of Max Verstappen and the Force India duo of Nico Hulkenberg and Sergio Perez. McLaren clocked in behind them with Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso finishing ahead of Kimi Raikkonen who rounds out the top 10 albeit 1.5s off the pace.

Carlos Sainz Jr finished 11th ahead of Kevin Magnussen and Felipe Nasr. The Williams pair, who are known for not showing good pace on a Friday, were split by Daniil Kvyat’s Toro Rosso and only finished 14th and 16th fastest today.

Jolyon Palmer finished 17th with Romain Grosjean behind him for the Haas team who will be worried about all the debris falling off the rear of his car during the course of the session.

Esteban Ocon finished 19th fastest for the Manor Racing team ahead of Esteban Gutierrez, Marcus Ericsson and Pascal Wehrlein.

US Grand Prix Free Practice 2 Classification

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2017 Australian GP Broadcast Times

CDTGMTGMT+2Local
Free Practice 1Thursday 20:00Friday 01:00Friday 03:00Friday 12:00
Free Practice 2Friday 00:00Friday 05:00Friday 07:00Friday 16:00
Free Practice 3Friday 22:00Saturday 03:00Saturday 05:00Saturday 14:00
QualifyingSaturday 01:00Saturday 06:00Saturday 08:00Saturday 17:00
RaceSunday 00:00Sunday 05:00Sunday 07:00Sunday 16:00

2016 Drivers Championship

Pos.DriverPoints
1 Nico Rosberg🏆385
2 Lewis Hamilton380
3 Daniel Ricciardo256
4 Sebastian Vettel212
5 Max Verstappen204
> Full Championship Table

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