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Free Practice 2 results - United States Grand Prix 2016 // Ricciardo splits the Mercedes pair as Rosberg goes fastest

Ricciardo splits the Mercedes pair as Rosberg goes fastest
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Rosberg took over the top spot in second practice, posting the fastest time. Daniel Ricciardo split the Mercedes pair, demoting Hamilton to third. Sebastian Vettel stayed away from the kerbs to finish fourth overall. His teammate was struggling with the balance on his car and Kimi was heard complaining about the handling over the radio.

Grosjean and Gutiérrez were still down on pace despite wanting to impress the home fans. Their cars appeared to be losing bits of carbon fibre as they lapped, so the stewards eventually red flagged the session so the marshals could clear up. Esteban Ocon, in the Manor, spun into the gravel but kept the engine running and recovered to continue onwards.

PositionDriverTeamTimeLaps
1Nico RosbergMercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team1:37.35833
2Daniel RicciardoRed Bull Racing1:37.55233
3Lewis HamiltonMercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team1:37.64932
4Sebastian VettelScuderia Ferrari1:38.17835
5Max VerstappenRed Bull Racing1:38.25827
6Nico HülkenbergSahara Force India F1 Team1:38.50832
7Sergio PérezSahara Force India F1 Team1:38.56831
8Jenson ButtonMcLaren Honda1:38.71329
9Fernando AlonsoMcLaren Honda1:38.80130
10Kimi RäikkönenScuderia Ferrari1:38.86531
11Carlos Sainz JrScuderia Toro Rosso1:38.97131
12Kevin MagnussenRenault Sport F1 Team1:39.15923
13Felipe NasrSauber F1 Team1:39.18928
14Valtteri BottasWilliams Martini Racing1:39.19734
15Daniil KvyatScuderia Toro Rosso1:39.20236
16Felipe MassaWilliams Martini Racing1:39.28130
17Jolyon PalmerRenault Sport F1 Team1:39.45534
18Romain GrosjeanHaas F1 Team1:39.55424
19Esteban OconManor Racing MRT1:40.08627
20Esteban GutiérrezHaas F1 Team1:40.11426
21Marcus EricssonSauber F1 Team1:40.21928
22Pascal WehrleinManor Racing MRT1:41.13131