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Rosberg fastest from Red Bull in damp FP1 for US GP

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Rosberg fastest from Red Bull in damp FP1 for US GP

Rosberg fastest from Red Bull in damp FP1 for US GP

Nico Rosberg set fastest lap-time ahead of Red Bull’s Daniil Kvyat and Daniel Ricciardo for the United States Grand Prix as teams face wet climate in Austin.

Toro Rosso’s Carlos Sainz in fourth place, defending world champion Lewis Hamilton was fifth fastest – 1.7s slower than his team-mate – but finished only four laps as the top five all ended the session with a lap count in single facts.

Sebastian Vettel was sixth for Ferrari and recorded ten laps, setting a best time just 0.017s off Hamilton.

McLaren used the session to get to grips with its power unit upgrades as Fernando Alonso ended FP1 in ninth place, but by finishing third in the speed trap at the end of the back straight, signs of improvement were there to see. Teammate Jenson Button – running with the Sochi-spec power unit – finished 13th.

A brake problem limited Kimi Raikkonen’s running during the session, leaving him eighth with just six laps to his name. Pastor Maldonado failed to post a time due to a gearbox issue that forced Lotus into a rebuild of his car throughout FP1.

Bottas provided a scare for his Williams mechanics during the session when he lost control of his car as he approached his garage. Four members of his pit crew had to take evasive action by leaping out of the way. “Sorry about the pit-lane, there is just so much less grip than I thought,” an apologetic Bottas said.

With 20 laps under his belt, Jenson Button completed more running than any other driver. He was 13th, 3.5 secs slower than Rosberg.

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