Rosberg stays on top in second practice

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Nico Rosberg topped a disrupted second practice session ahead of the Brazilian Grand Prix at Interlagos.

Rosberg posted a time of 1:12.123 on the soft tyres to beat his Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton by two-tenths of a second, in a session interrupted by three red flags.

Kimi Raikkonen was a surprise third for Ferrari, despite a number of errors, ahead of Daniel Ricciardo in fourth.

The two Williams team-mates were fifth and sixth, Valtteri Bottas ahead of local favourite Felipe Massa.

Fernando Alonso was seventh fastest for Ferrari, but saw his session end prematurely after a fire stopped him out on circuit.

The Spaniard promptly grabbed a fire extinguisher to put out the flames, as the session was red flagged.

Daniil Kvyat finished the session eighth for Toro Rosso, while Sebastian Vettel and Kevin Magnussen rounded out the top ten.

Pastor Maldonado was 11th, just fractionally behind the Dane, but ahead of Nico Hulkenberg and the two Saubers of Esteban Gutierrez and Adrian Sutil.

Gutierrez, who suffered an electrical problem in the morning, stopped out on track late in the session, bringing out the third and final red flag.

Jenson Button, who missed most of opening practice, was 16th for McLaren, ahead of Jean-Eric Vergne, the slowest of the classified runners in 17th.

The Frenchman, who handed his car over to Max Verstappen in the morning, completed just five laps in the afternoon after he stopped out on track early in the session at Turn 4.

Sergio Perez failed to set a time in second practice after Daniel Juncadella crashed the Mexican’s Force India in the morning.

Image courtesy of Daimler

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