Rosberg tops Singapore practice as Hamilton struggles
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain signs an autograph for a fan as he arrives at the Singapore Formula One Grand Prix on the Marina Bay City Circuit Singapore, Friday, Sept. 16, 2016. (AP Photo/Yong Teck Lim)
SINGAPORE (AP) Nico Rosberg set the fastest time in practices for the Singapore Grand Prix, while Mercedes teammate and title rival Lewis Hamilton could manage only seventh and a hydraulic failure on Friday.
Rosberg, who has won the past two races and trails Hamilton by only two points, recovered from a crash into a tire barrier in the first session at the Marina Bay street circuit.
He was a quarter of a second faster than Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen, with Red Bull's Max Verstappen a close third.
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The presence of Mercedes, Ferrari, and Red Bull in close proximity at the top of the timesheets promises a hard-fought qualifying session on Saturday.