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Rosberg tops second Singapore GP practice as Hamilton hits trouble

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Nico Rosberg bounced back from a crash in FP1 to finish at the head of the field in the second practice for the Singapore Grand Prix.

A mistake towards the end of first practice saw Rosberg damage the front-end of his Mercedes Formula 1 car, leaving his crew with a repair job to complete ahead of FP2.

Rosberg was able to take full part in second practice thanks to the efforts of his team, whom he rewarded by finishing as the fastest driver.

A quickest lap of 1:44.152 saw Rosberg finish almost three-tenths of a second clear of Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen in second place, as Mercedes wrestled back control at the front of the field.

Red Bull had impressed in first practice with Max Verstappen heading up a one-two finish, but the Dutchman had to settle for third in FP2, narrowly edging out Daniel Ricciardo in the sister RB12 car.

Sebsatian Vettel finished fifth for Ferrari and over a second off the pace by virtue of a setup issue, while Nico Hulkenberg was sixth as the lead Force India driver.

Defending world champion Lewis Hamilton had a troubled session, finishing seventh-fastest and having his running cut short after a hydraulic issue reared its head in the final 30 minutes of running.

Carlos Sainz Jr. replicated his FP1 pace to finish eighth ahead of McLaren’s Fernando Alonso and Toro Rosso teammate Daniil Kvyat, who rounded out the top 10.

After sitting out FP1, Romain Grosjean had more issues in FP2 after spinning into the wall at the final corner. The Frenchman’s Haas VF-16 car sustained a broken rear wing, leaving him 19th in the final standings.

NBCSN will present ‘Race and Sports in America: Conversations’ Monday

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With motor racing reckoning with its own issues of diversity and equality, “Race and Sports in America: Conversations” will tackle the topics of social justice with several athletes. The show will air at 8 p.m. ET Monday, July 13 on NBCSN, Golf Channel, Olympic channel and on regional sports networks.

The roundtable discussions will be hosted by Damon Hack and feature Charles Barkley, Steph Curry, Jimmy Rollins and Ozzie Smith in one segment. The other segment will include Kyle Rudolph, Anthony Lynn, Troy Mullins and James Blake.

Race has been a major topic in motorsports this year.

NASCAR banned the Confederate flag at its race after lobbying by Bubba Wallace, the only Black driver in the premier Cup Series. In Formula One, six-time series champion Lewis Hamilton has joined Black Lives Matter marches in London and also formed a panel on diversity. The lone Black driver in F1 also led 14 of 20 drivers taking a knee before the season opener in Austria.