Belgian GP: Rosberg leads Mercedes 1-2 in first practice

Nico Rosberg
Nico Rosberg

Nico Rosberg turned the fastest lap in first the practice for the Belgian Grand Prix despite missing a portion of the session due to technical issues.

The German, who comes into the weekend trailing Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton by 21 points, sat out the first-half of the FP1 session after his installation lap revealed a 'loss of drive', but he recovered to turn in the quickest lap of 1m 51.082s.

Rosberg was two tenths clear of Hamilton as Mercedes resumed their 1-2 positions at the head of the timesheets.

Last year's Belgian GP winner Daniel Ricciardo was third just five hundredths behind the defending champion as Adrian Newey's impact with Red Bull is clear as they inch closer to Mercedes each race.

Kimi Raikkonen turned in the fourth fastest time, four tenths off the top and ahead of Ferrari teammate Sebastian Vettel in fifth.

A strong start to the weekend for the Renault-powered contingent, Daniil Kvyat and the Toro Rossos of Max Verstappen and Carlos Sainz followed up in sixth, seventh and eighth respectively, with Force India's Sergio Perez and Williams' Valtteri Bottas completing the top ten.

Meanwhile, McLaren's upgraded Honda power unit left 16th and 18th quickest respectively.

Results

1. Nico Rosberg GER Mercedes-Mercedes 1m 51.082s
2. Lewis Hamilton GBR Mercedes-Mercedes 1m 51.324s
3. Daniel Ricciardo AUS Red Bull-Renault 1m 51.373s
4. Kimi Raikkonen FIN Ferrari-Ferrari 1m 51.478s
5. Sebastian Vettel GER Ferrari-Ferrari 1m 51.866s
6. Daniil Kvyat RUS Red Bull-Renault 1m 51.960s
7. Max Verstappen NED Toro Rosso-Renault 1m 52.158s
8. Carlos Sainz Jr ESP Toro Rosso-Renault 1m 52.421s
9. Sergio Perez MEX Force India-Mercedes 1m 52.423s
10. Valtteri Bottas FIN Williams-Mercedes 1m 52.511s
11. Pastor Maldonado VEN Lotus-Mercedes 1m 52.539s
12. Nico Hulkenberg GER Force India-Mercedes 1m 52.614s
13. Felipe Nasr BRZ Sauber-Ferrari 1m 52.640s
14.Felipe Massa BRZ Williams-Mercedes 1m 52.653s
15. Marcus Ericsson SWE Sauber-Ferrari 1m 52.426s
16. Fernando Alonso ESP McLaren-Honda 1m 53.502s
17. Jolyon Palmer GBR Lotus-Mercedes 1m 53.799s
18. Jenson Button GBR McLaren-Honda 1m 54.225s
19. Will Stevens GBR Manor Marussia-Ferrari 1m 55.501s
20. Roberto Merhi ESP Manor Marussia-Ferrari 1m 56.086s

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