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Nico Rosberg sets the pace as rain hits Austrian practice // Spielberg sessions feature rain and spins galore

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Nico Rosberg sets the pace as rain hits Austrian practice
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Nico Rosberg was the fastest driver in both Friday practice sessions for the Austrian Grand Prix, but they appeared to be scrappy sessions for everyone. In FP1, Hamilton had a spin and Grosjean narrowly avoided colliding with him. Daniel Ricciardo had to take avoiding action for an out of control Ericsson.

Max Verstappen was having a nightmare with the kerbs, calling them dangerous after he bounced over them once and lost his front wing, then hit them a second time and ended his session in the gravel. Rosberg was fastest, with Hamilton behind and Vettel settling for third.

For FP2, there was just a few minutes of running before the rain hit, heavy sweeping rain with blustery wind as well. The drivers waited for it to finish, and then for the track to dry, and it was Daniel Ricciardo who was the first to brave the conditions. Rosberg set the fastest time, followed by teammate Lewis Hamilton and then Nico Hülkenberg.