Nico Rosberg tops both Austrian GP practice sessions

Nico Rosberg has won both races at the Red Bull Ring since it returned to the calendar in 2014.

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Nico Rosberg led Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton in both practices for the Austrian Grand Prix on Friday.

The second practice was interrupted for more than 30 minutes as heavy rain drenched the Red Bull Ring.

Running before the rain, Rosberg clocked his fastest lap. Hamilton came within .019 seconds after the rain break. Rosberg had the fastest time in the dry morning session, with Hamilton .357 seconds behind.

Rosberg has won both races since the circuit returned to Austria, and tops Formula One with five wins, and a 24-point lead over defending champion Hamilton.

Sebastian Vettel ended the second practice in the gravel after an apparent mechanical failure on his Ferrari late in the session.

Rain is also forecast for qualifying on Saturday.

FP2 results:

1. Nico Rosberg – Mercedes

2. Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes

3. Nico Hulkenberg – Force India

4. Sebastian Vettel – Ferrari

5. Daniel Ricciardo – Red Bull

6. Carlos Sainz – Toro Rosso

7. Max Verstappen – Red Bull

8. Kimi Raikkonen – Ferrari

9. Valtteri Bottas – Williams

10. Jenson Button – McLaren

11. Fernando Alonso – McLaren

12. Felipe Massa – Williams

13. Daniil Kvyat – Toro Rosso

14. Sergio Perez – Force India

15. Kevin Magnussen – Renault

16. Jolyon Palmer – Renault

17. Pascal Wehrlein – Manor

18. Esteban Gutierrez – Haas

19. Marcus Ericsson – Sauber

20. Romain Grosjean – Haas

21. Felipe Nasr – Sauber

22. Rio Haryanto – Manor

FP1 results:

1. Nico Rosberg – Mercedes

2. Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes

3. Sebastian Vettel – Ferrari

4. Kimi Raikkonen – Ferrari

5. Daniel Ricciardo – Red Bull

6. Carlos Sainz – Toro Rosso

7. Felipe Massa – Williams

8. Max Verstappen – Red Bull

9. Daniil Kvyat – Toro Rosso

10. Valtteri Bottas – Williams

11. Romain Grosjean – Haas

12. Nico Hulkenberg – Force India

13. Jenson Button – McLaren

14. Fernando Alonso – McLaren

15. Kevin Magnussen – Renault

16. Pascal Wehrlein – Manor

17. Jolyon Palmer – Renault

18. Marcus Ericsson – Sauber

19. Esteban Gutierrez – Haas

20. Felipe Nasr – Sauber

21. Rio Haryanto – Manor

22. Alfonso Celis – Force India