Nico Rosberg looks on before practice. (Photo: Getty Images)
Mercedes drivers Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton led the way in the first practice session for the Brazilian Grand Prix.
Rosberg set his fastest lap of 1:24.781 early in the damp 90-minute session and as conditions worsened, no driver was able to bump the German from the top spot. Hamilton finished the session 0.449 seconds off the pace in second.
Four-time World Champion Sebastian Vettel’s late surge bumped him into third, pushing Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso down into fourth and fifth, respectively. Vettel’s Red Bull teammate, Mark Webber, posted the sixth-quickest time.
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