Mexico City: Nico Rosberg bounced back from his disappointment in Texas to top the times in Friday's second free practice for this weekend's Mexican Grand Prix, the first in the city for 23 years.
The rear brakes of Nico Rosberg's Mercedes catch fire as he drives during practice at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez on Friday. PIC/AFP
Five days after failing to stop his Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton from clinching his third world title, the 30-year-old German proved he is determined to wipe out memories of Austin by beating him to gain some satisfaction in his bid to finish runner-up in the championship.
Rosberg clocked a fastest lap of one minute and 21.531 seconds to outpace nearest rival Daniil Kvyat of Red Bull by two-tenths of a second in a busy session that saw many drivers struggling for grip and spinning on the high-altitude, low-grip surface of the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez.
Daniel Ricciardo was third ahead of Hamilton.
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