Nico Rosberg tiptoes through the puddles en route to the fastest time in second practice at Interlagos

The weather didn’t improve much in the few hours since the opening practice session, with heavier rain dominating proceedings as Friday’s running at the Brazilian Grand Prix was brought to a close.

FP1 pace-setter Nico Rosberg again headed the timesheets, finishing up two-tenths of a second quicker than Sebastian Vettel, who is gunning for his ninth Grand Prix win in a row this weekend.

Mark Webber’s final Friday in F1 saw him endure yet another KERS failure, although he still ended up third-fastest behind teammate Vettel by a few hundredths of a second.

The Australian finished ahead of Heikki Kovalainen and Lewis Hamilton, the latter of whom has seemed to struggle so far this weekend.

Drivers spent most of the session sat in their garages in order to save tyres in case they’re needed during the rest of the weekend, which is forecast to be impacted by rain. It wasn’t until the final twenty minutes when cars started to head out on the Interlagos track and post semi-representative lap times.

Kovalainen finished an impressive fourth-fastest, while Lotus teammate Grosjean was tenth.

The two Toro Rossos also showed well, continuing their fine form with both Jean-Éric Vergne (sixth) and Daniel Ricciardo (ninth) finishing inside the top ten.

Nico Hülkenberg again proved his worth, earning another top-ten result in his Sauber.

Contrastingly, there’s been nothing impressive out of the Force India garage this weekend so far. Adrian Sutil again finishing 15th-quickest while teammate Paul di Resta finished two places in front of him. The pair sandwiched the Williams of Pastor Maldonado.

The wet weather meant the no driver was able to head out on track with Pirelli’s prototype tyre that’s been brought to Brazil to gain data ahead of the major engine and chassis regulation changes next year. Quite how this will impact each teams’ final design work ahead of the 2014 pre-season remains to be seen.


2013 Brazilian Formula 1 Grand Prix – Free Practice 2 Session Times:

Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1. Nico Rosberg DEU Mercedes AMG Petronas F1W04 1:27.306   12
2. Sebastian Vettel DEU Red Bull Racing Renault RB9 1:27.531 + 0.225 10
3. Mark Webber AUS Red Bull Racing Renault RB9 1:27.592 + 0.286 18
4. Heikki Kovalainen FIN Lotus F1 Renault E21 1:28.129 + 0.823 13
5. Lewis Hamilton GBR Mercedes AMG Petronas F1W04 1:28.147 + 0.841 9
6. Jean-Éric Vergne FRA Scuderia Toro Rosso Ferrari STR8 1:28.405 + 1.099 11
7. Felipe Massa BRA Scuderia Ferrari F138 1:28.540 + 1.234 9
8. Nico Hülkenberg DEU Sauber Ferrari C32 1:28.560 + 1.254 20
9. Daniel Ricciardo AUS Scuderia Toro Rosso Ferrari STR8 1:28.739 + 1.433 20
10. Romain Grosjean FRA Lotus F1 Renault E21 1:28.891 + 1.585 12
11. Fernando Alonso ESP Scuderia Ferrari F138 1:28.928 + 1.622 10
12. Esteban Gutiérrez MEX Sauber Ferrari C32 1:29.049 + 1.743 17
13. Paul di Resta GBR Force India Mercedes VJM06 1:29.174 + 1.868 11
14. Pastor Maldonado VEN Williams Renault FW35 1:29.717 + 2.411 13
15. Adrian Sutil DEU Force India Mercedes VJM06 1:29.783 + 2.477 7
16. Valtteri Bottas FIN Williams Renault FW35 1:30.425 + 3.119 15
17. Sergio Pérez MEX McLaren Mercedes MP4-28 1:30.748 + 3.442 8
18. Jules Bianchi FRA Marussia Cosworth MR02 1:31.061 + 3.755 18
19. Giedo van der Garde NED Caterham Renault CT03 1:31.118 + 3.812 16
20. Charles Pic FRA Caterham Renault CT03 1:31.165 + 3.859 15
21. Max Chilton GBR Marussia Cosworth MR02 1:31.211 + 3.905 19
22. Jenson Button GBR McLaren Mercedes MP4-28 1:31.770 + 4.464 6

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