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Practice Two - Rosberg quickest again in rain-hit Brazil session 22 Nov 2013

Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W04.
Formula One World Championship, Rd19, Brazilian Grand Prix, Practice, Sao Paulo, Brazil, Friday, 22 November 2013 Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB9.
Formula One World Championship, Rd19, Brazilian Grand Prix, Practice, Sao Paulo, Brazil, Friday, 22 November 2013 Adrian Sutil (GER) Force India VJM06.
Formula One World Championship, Rd19, Brazilian Grand Prix, Practice, Sao Paulo, Brazil, Friday, 22 November 2013 Jean-Eric Vergne (FRA) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR8.
Formula One World Championship, Rd19, Brazilian Grand Prix, Practice, Sao Paulo, Brazil, Friday, 22 November 2013 Romain Grosjean manages to set the third-fastest time despite sliding off the circuit on his hot lap for Lotus

After topping the times in Friday morning's wet first practice session, Mercedes' Nico Rosberg was quickest again in FP2 as the rain continued to fall in Sao Paulo in the afternoon.

The German set the pace early on when initially the track was sodden enough for Pirelli's full wet tyres and then regained the initiative on intermediates after the late-to-run Red Bulls of Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber had temporarily displaced him.

Rosberg ended the session with a lap of 1m 27.306s, which was sufficient to dislodge Vettel's 1m 27.531s. Meantime, Webber got very close to his team mate with 1m 27.592s, despite at one stage being informed that he'd suffered a KERS failure.

The trio were far ahead of their rivals, who were led by an impressive Heikki Kovalainen in the lead Lotus on 1m 28.129s and Lewis Hamilton, who spun again as he had this morning before recording 1m 28.147s in the second Mercedes.

Toro Rosso's Jean-Eric Vergne had a better session, taking sixth place with 1m 28.405s ahead of lead Ferrari driver Felipe Massa on 1m 28.540s. Right behind the Brazilian was Nico Hulkenberg on 1m 28.560s for Sauber, Daniel Ricciardo on 1m 28.739s in the second Toro Rosso, Romain Grosjean in the second Lotus on 1m 28.891s and Fernando Alonso in the second Ferrari on 1m 28.928s.

Esteban Gutierrez - who was the only driver to use just the full wet tyres - had been up with team mate Hulkenberg until the final stages, when he slipped down to 12th in the other Sauber on 1m 29.049s, which left him ahead of Force India's Paul di Resta on 1m 29.174s, Williams' Pastor Maldonado on 1m 29.717s, the other Force India of Adrian Sutil on 1m 29.783s, Maldonado's partner Valtteri Bottas on 1m 30.425s and Sergio Perez on 1m 30.748s for McLaren.

A great lap early on from Jules Bianchi put his Marussia ahead of the Caterhams, with 1m 31.061s to Giedo van der Garde's 1m 31.118s and Charles Pic's 1m 31.165s, while Bianchi's partner Max Chilton was close behind them on 1m 31.211s. At the back, Jenson Button posted a 1m 31.770s lap in his McLaren having completed just 6 laps - the fewest of any driver.

Altogether the weather made it a slightly inconclusive day, but if the weather remains unsettled on Saturday, as predicted, then we are set for a thrilling qualifying session.

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