Coming off the back of his efforts in the first free practice session for the Brazilian Grand Prix on Friday morning, Nico Rosberg has doubled up in FP2 by finishing as the fastest driver yet again.
In an interrupted second session on Friday afternoon, Rosberg managed to post a fastest lap time of 1:12.123 on the soft tire to put himself at the top of the timesheets, edging out Hamilton by two-tenths of a second once again.
Just as they had done in FP1, a number of drivers struggled to keep their cars on track during FP2 as the circuit continued to evolve and provide varying levels of grid after being resurfaced ahead of this weekend’s race.
Kimi Raikkonen was just one driver to have multiple off-track excursions, but he managed to get a good lap together to finish third in the final classification for Ferrari ahead of Daniel Ricciardo and Valtteri Bottas.
His teammate, Fernando Alonso, was less fortunate though. The Spaniard suffered an engine failure heading down the back straight, forcing the marshals to bring out the red flag while his car was recovered.
The session restarted a few minutes later, only for Esteban Gutierrez to suffer an ERS failure in exactly the same place as Alonso, stopping the session once again. Jean-Eric Vergne had also brought out a red flag in the early part of the session, meaning the tally was three come the end of the running on Friday.
Because of the stoppages, very few drivers managed to complete some heavy fuel running that was wholly representative, meaning that there will still be plenty of guess work during the final practice session on Saturday morning in Brazil.
For the time being though, the advantage still appears to lie with Rosberg, and the German driver will be hoping to carry this form into the rest of the weekend as he goes in search of a first win in almost four months.
Be sure to join us tomorrow from 8a ET to watch FP3 on Live Extra and online, followed by qualifying on live CNBC at 11.