Mexican GP: Rosberg leads Mercedes 1-2 in final practice

Nico Rosberg

Nico Rosberg, using the power of the Mercedes engine, finished 0.014secs ahead of teammate Lewis Hamilton to top final practice for the Mexican GP.

Having set the pace on the first day around the revamped Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez Rosberg was again the driver to beat on soft tires, stopping the clock at 1min 21.083secs.

Though slippery initially following overnight rain, improving track conditions meant times came tumbling down over the course of the hour, with Rosberg proving the most consistent as he worked down his time, doing just enough to keep Hamilton at bay by a mere 0.014secs.

Indeed, qualifying looks set to be one of the closest of the season, with just two tenths covering the top four of Rosberg, Hamilton, Daniel Ricciardo and Sebastian Vettel, while less than a second makes up the top ten.


Pos Driver Nat Car/Engine Time Behind Laps
1. Nico Rosberg GER Mercedes-Mercedes 1m 21.083s +0.000s 23
2. Lewis Hamilton GBR Mercedes-Mercedes 1m 21.097s +0.014 23
3. Daniel Ricciardo AUS Red Bull-Renault 1m 21.201s +0.118 21
4. Sebastian Vettel GER Ferrari-Ferrari 1m 21.294s +0.211 24
5. Daniil Kvyat RUS Red Bull-Renault 1m 21.530s +0.447 27
6. Sergio Perez MEX Force India-Mercedes 1m 21.603s +0.520 27
7. Valtteri Bottas FIN Williams-Mercedes 1m 21.772s +0.689 26
8. Carlos Sainz Jr ESP Toro Rosso-Renault 1m 21.775s +0.692 28
9. Felipe Massa BRZ Williams-Mercedes 1m 21.945s +0.862 27
10. Nico Hulkenberg GER Force India-Mercedes 1m 22.010s +0.927 25
11. Max Verstappen NED Toro Rosso-Renault 1m 22.039s +0.956 31
12. Pastor Maldonado VEN Lotus-Mercedes 1m 22.042s +0.959 21
13. Romain Grosjean FRA Lotus-Mercedes 1m 22.184s +1.101 24
14. Marcus Ericsson SWE Sauber-Ferrari 1m 22.871s +1.788 30
15. Fernando Alonso ESP McLaren-Honda 1m 23.065s +1.982 26
16. Felipe Nasr BRZ Sauber-Ferrari 1m 23.067s +1.984 23
17. Kimi Raikkonen FIN Ferrari-Ferrari 1m 24.648s +3.565 4
18. Will Stevens GBR Manor Marussia-Ferrari 1m 25.654s +4.571 20
19. Alexander Rossi USA Manor Marussia-Ferrari 1m 28.176s +7.093 8
20. Jenson Button GBR McLaren-Honda 1m 29.336s +8.253 4