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Rosberg Tops Final Practice Session for Mexican Grand Prix

Nico Rosberg topped the time sheets in the final practice session for the Mexican Grand Prix.

Rosberg’s time of 1:21.083 was 0.084s faster than Mercedes team mate Lewis Hamilton. Third place Daniel Ricciardo finished the session 0.118s off Rosberg’s pace after setting a best lap of 1:21.201 for Red Bull.

The session got off to a rather busy start. A number of drivers made their way onto the track as soon as the light went green at the end of the pit lane. Few minutes into the session, McLaren’s Jenson Button complained about his ERS not recharging. He was told to pit and that was the end of his session after an electrical problem was discovered in his new engine. McLaren confirmed that they will revert back to the engine he used in FP1.

A few minutes after Button’s calamities, Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen came to a stop off the track after flames were seen out the back of his Ferrari. A Ferrari spokesperson later said that it was a faulty lambda sensor on the engine. The problem did seem worse than it was and we could see Raikkonen taking a 10-place grid drop for an engine change.

Drivers still struggled with the lack of grip with a few running wide at the esses and a few lock ups.

Seeing that the top 5 are separated by less that half a second, qualifying is going to be incredibly close.

Pos. Driver Team Best Lap Gap
1 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:21.083
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:21.097 0.014
3 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull 1:21.201 0.118
4 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:21.294 0.211
5 Daniil Kvyat Red Bull 1:21.530 0.447
6 Sergio Perez Force India 1:21.603 0.520
7 Valtteri Bottas Williams 1:21.772 0.689
8 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso 1:21.775 0.692
9 Felipe Massa Williams 1:21.945 0.862
10 Nico Hulkenberg Force India 1:22.010 0.927
11 Max Verstappen Toro Rosso 1:22.039 0.956
12 Pastor Maldonado Lotus 1:22.042 0.959
13 Romain Grosjean Lotus 1:22.184 1.101
14 Marcus Ericsson Sauber 1:22.871 1.788
15 Fernando Alonso McLaren 1:23.065 1.982
16 Felipe Nasr Sauber 1:23.067 1.984
17 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1:24.648 3.656
18 Will Stevens Manor 1:25.654 4.571
19 Alexander Rossi Manor 1:28.176 7.093
20 Jenson Button McLaren 1:29.336 8.253


Photo credit: Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula 1 Team

About Ritesh K Bhana

Ritesh likes to think he is a true Tifosi, but he still remains fair to other teams. He supports two other teams which are not Red Bull and McLaren. Follow Ritesh on twitter @Humanshield_1

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