Interlagos Practice 2: Rain man Rosberg rules as bad weather ruins day one

Nico Rosberg was fastest of all on day one in Brazil

Nico Rosberg was fastest of all on day one in Brazil

It rained all day over Sao Paulo and thus rendered the first day of the Brazilian Grand Prix weekend almost useless, although Mercedes will be upbeat about the potential of their car in the prevailing conditions, as Nico Rosberg was unbeatable in both sessions of the day.

In truth, with the Championship long since done and dusted, most teams would have preferred dry running to sample the Pirelli prototype slick tyres which are a phase of the build of the 2014 specification tyres. It was not to be, thanks to the persistent rain.

Rosberg went out early in the session and with the full Wets bolted on was fastest, however most of the big hitters remained in the pits.

Only late on in the session did most get out on track, this time with the green stripe Intermediates, and again Rosberg was too good as he powered around in 1:27.306 to displace Sebastian Vettel from top spot on the timing screens by almost a quarter of a second.

Mark Webber was third fastest in FP2

Mark Webber was third fastest in FP2

When the ninety minutes were up, Vettel was second best with Red Bull teammate Mark Webber third fastest. The latter, in the final race of his Formula 1 career, was not spared the gremlins that have dogged him so often.

“Your KERS has failed,” was the message the luckless Australian received over the radio from his engineer. Surprise, surprise!

Fourth fastest was Kimi Raikkonen’s stand-in at Lotus, Heikki Kovalainen showing a smart turn of pace in the wet and out gunning teammate Romain Grosjean – who ended tenth fastest, by well over half a second.

Heikki Kovalainen fourth fastest in FP2

Heikki Kovalainen fourth fastest in FP2

Lewis Hamilton survived a 360 degrees spin during his fast lap stint towards the end of the session, his best time good for fifth but 0.841 of a second down on his teammate at the top of the pile. At this stage of weekend Rosberg clearly has the edge over his teammate.

Fastest of the Ferrari powered brigade was Jean Eric Vergne in sixth, at the wheel of his Toro Rosso who headed a trio of similarly powered drivers: Felipe Massa in the pukka Ferrari seventh, Nico Hulkenberg in the Sauber eighth and Daniel Ricciardo ninth in the other Toro Rosso for the last time before he moves on to greener pastures. Fernando Alonso was 11th, over a second and a half down on the top time.

All in all a pretty meaningless day in terms of lap times, but it is clear that Mercedes, Red Bull and perhaps Lotus have a handy car to do battle with in wet conditions – which may count for something considering that the weather man is forecasting at least another two days of miserable weather over Sao Paulo. (GP247)

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Jean Eric Vergne

Jean Eric Vergne sixth fastest in FP2

Brazilian Grand Prix, Free Practice 2 – Friday, 22 November 2013

Pos No Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 9 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:27.306 12
2 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:27.531 0.225 10
3 2 Mark Webber Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:27.592 0.286 18
4 7 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Renault 1:28.129 0.823 13
5 10 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:28.147 0.841 9
6 18 Jean-Eric Vergne STR-Ferrari 1:28.405 1.099 11
7 4 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:28.540 1.234 9
8 11 Nico Hulkenberg Sauber-Ferrari 1:28.560 1.254 20
9 19 Daniel Ricciardo STR-Ferrari 1:28.739 1.433 20
10 8 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1:28.891 1.585 12
11 3 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:28.928 1.622 10
12 12 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1:29.049 1.743 17
13 14 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1:29.174 1.868 11
14 16 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1:29.717 2.411 13
15 15 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1:29.783 2.477 7
16 17 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Renault 1:30.425 3.119 15
17 6 Sergio Perez McLaren-Mercedes 1:30.748 3.442 8
18 22 Jules Bianchi Marussia-Cosworth 1:31.061 3.755 18
19 21 Giedo van der Garde Caterham-Renault 1:31.118 3.812 16
20 20 Charles Pic Caterham-Renault 1:31.165 3.859 15
21 23 Max Chilton Marussia-Cosworth 1:31.211 3.905 19
22 5 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:31.770 4.464 6
  • bobw

    ““Your KERS has failed,” was the message the luckless Australian received over the radio from his engineer. Surprise, surprise!”

    Meaning what exactly? So what his KERS failed. It’s happened to Vettel before. Throwing out some red meat for the haters?

  • Karlich

    @bobw

    lol… exactly what I thought when I read that line. Been growing more suspicious if Grandprix247′s reporting style lately as some articles are clearly geared towards sensationalism and speculation.

    If that continues and more objective, or at least substantial, reporting doesn’t show here (no need for “surprise surprise” comments) I am no longer going to include this site in my daily reading.

  • Hawk

    Please don’t shut the door on your way out.

    And the surprise surprise was for the next paragraph. Some editing perhaps?

  • Snowman

    The surprise surprise was meant for the Webber comment, and with good reason.

  • Karlich

    If you’d bother to read any of my previous comments on any of the other articles I have commented on, you’d see that, although admitting to being a Red Bull and Vettel supporter, I try t remain objective when assessing other drivers or making statements.

    As a user / reader I am not necessarily required to remain objective. As a reporter, I am. The “surprise surprise” was not meant for the next paragraph and is clearly the authors subjective voice, or in this case sarcasm, showing. If the author is in the business of writing a personal blog about F1, cool with me – speak your mind all you want. If you’re in the business of doing an F1 news site – remain objective and report on facts.

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