USGP: Rosberg tops practice 1

Nico Rosberg in the champion winning Mercedes topped the opening practice session for Sunday's United States Grand Prix at Austin.

A heavy downpour soaked the Circuit of the Americas just over an hour before the session began.

Fortunately the rain slowed with 45 minutes to the start, but the track was semi-wet throughout.

Rosberg’s teammate Lewis Hamilton, who will clinch his third world title this weekend, was 5th while Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel (2nd in points) and teammate Kimi Raikkonen were sixth and eighth.

Ferrari is running an updated power unit this weekend that will result in 10-place grid penalties for both drivers and will ensure Hamilton the title.

In the Manor slugs the duo Alexander Rossi, on home soil, and Will Stevens naturally brought up the rear with the latter almost eight seconds back.

Results
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Pos Driver Car Time Behind Laps
1 Nico Rosberg Mercedes/Mercedes 1m53.989s 0.000s 7
2 Daniil Kvyat Red Bull/Renault 1m55.224s 1.235s 6
3 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m55.592s 1.603s 10
4 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Renault 1m55.667s 1.678s 8
5 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes/Mercedes 1m55.693s 1.704s 4
6 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari/Ferrari 1m55.710s 1.721s 10
7 Max Verstappen Toro Rosso/Renault 1m55.969s 1.980s 7
8 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari/Ferrari 1m56.326s 2.337s 10
9 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1m56.839s 2.850s 18
10 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1m56.866s 2.877s 15
11 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m57.081s 3.092s 13
12 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m57.139s 3.150s 4
13 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 1m57.495s 3.506s 20
14 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1m57.518s 3.529s 4
15 Romain Grosjean Lotus/Mercedes 1m58.319s 4.330s 10
16 Raffaele Marciello Sauber/Ferrari 1m59.431s 5.442s 19
17 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m59.743s 5.754s 18
18 Alexander Rossi Marussia/Ferrari 2m01.154s 7.165s 11
19 Will Stevens Marussia/Ferrari 2m01.907s 7.918s 13
20 Pastor Maldonado Lotus/Mercedes 1

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