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Practice One - Rosberg leads Mercedes one-two in rainy Brazil 22 Nov 2013

Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W04 was fastest in the first practice session.
Formula One World Championship, Rd19, Brazilian Grand Prix, Practice, Sao Paulo, Brazil, Friday, 22 November 2013 Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB9, with aero sensors and unbranded Pirelli 2014 development slick tyres.
Formula One World Championship, Rd19, Brazilian Grand Prix, Practice, Sao Paulo, Brazil, Friday, 22 November 2013 Daniil Kvyat (RUS) Scuderia Toro Rosso, right, talks to an engineer.
Formula One World Championship, Rd19, Brazilian Grand Prix, Practice, Sao Paulo, Brazil, Friday, 22 November 2013 Interlagos in the wet is a testing challenge for the drivers and Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton ends up sideways after sliding in the damp conditions, while his team mate Nico Rosberg sets the pace early in the session

The rain that was expected today arrived early, in time to leave the track wet for the entire 90 minutes of opening practice at Interlagos. And after Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton had set the initial pace for Mercedes, further rain prevented anyone from going quicker, though an improvement in conditions in the final 20 minutes enabled Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel to jump ahead of McLaren’s Jenson Button for third.

Rosberg set the pace with 1m 24.781s, using Pirelli’s intermediate tyres like almost everyone else, though Vettel briefly tried the hards and then did one lap on the prototype 2014 hard tyres before the rain worsened and he reverted to inters. His Red Bull was equipped with a lot of monitoring equipment, hence the attempt at a comparison.

Rosberg was the only driver to dip beneath 1m 25s, whilst Hamilton, who spun in Turn 3 on his first attempt to go fast, worked down to 1m 25.230s for second. Vettel, meanwhile, improved to 1m 25.387s to pip Button’s earlier 1m 25.391s.

Fernando Alonso was fifth for Ferrari on 1m 25.593s, while Mark Webber didn’t run for some time but worked down to 1m 25.797s which left him just ahead of Sergio Perez on 1m 25.946s in the other McLaren.

The revelation of the session, once again, was Toro Rosso’s 2014 signing Daniil Kvyat who looked totally at home in the tricky conditions and didn’t put a wheel wrong as he worked down to 1m 26.064s. That left the young Russian rookie ahead of Heikki Kovalainen in the leading Lotus (1m 26.133s), Nico Hulkenberg in the leading Sauber (1m 26.232s), Felipe Massa in the second Ferrari (1m 26.248s), Esteban Gutierrez in the second Sauber (1m 26.326s) and Romain Grosjean in the second Lotus (1m 26.570s). Kvyat’s team mate Jean-Eric Vergne was a half second adrift on 1m 26.593s, despite running at the same time.

Adrian Sutil was Force India’s leader in 15th place on 1m 27.115s, but Paul di Resta stand-in James Calado again impressed with 1m 27.436s, despite not running very much. That left him 18th, separated from the German by the Williamses of Valtteri Bottas and Pastor Maldonado on 1m 27.269s and 1m 27.358s respectively.

Behind Calado, Giedo van der Garde and Charles Pic’s Caterhams - on 1m 28.107s and 1m 28.199s - headed the Marussias of Jules Bianchi and Rodolfo Gonzalez on 1m 30.004s and 1m 32.646s.

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