Rosberg paces second practice in Austria in mixed conditions

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Nico Rosberg completed a sweep of the two free practice sessions for this weekend’s Austrian Grand Prix, with the second session interrupted by rain before drying back out in the final half hour.

Rosberg paced the session at a 1:07.967 in the Mercedes W07, running on Pirelli’s supersoft, then ultrasoft tires before rain hit and a number of drivers spun off the road.

Kimi Raikkonen, Sergio Perez, Jolyon Palmer and Max Verstappen were among those caught out.

Drivers went out on Pirelli’s green intermediate tires to test conditions before the track began drying out and drivers started shifting back to slicks.

Hamilton got close to Rosberg’s time on a late ultrasoft run, at 1:07.986, but was unable to surpass the German’s best time from earlier in the session.

Nico Hulkenberg was third ahead of Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo, the latter in his lederhosen overalls this weekend for Red Bull Racing.

Vettel then went off in a spin at Turn 2 at the end of the session, which put the session under Virtual Safety Car conditions.

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FP3 is Saturday morning at 5 a.m. ET on the NBC Sports app and live streamed at