Nico Rosberg was fastest in a wet first practice for this weekends United State Grand Prix. The German was faster than the Red Bull of Daniil Kvyat while his Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton was only fifth ahead of championship rival Sebastian Vettel.
The weekend is going to be affected by heavy rain because of Hurricane Patricia which is expected to hit Mexico in the next few hours. The hurricane is expected to miss next week’s venue in Mexico City and is a category five hurricane.
Carlos Sainz was fourth for Toro Rosso the highest placed Renault powered car ahead of championship leader Hamilton and his rival Vettel for Ferrari. Max Verstappen separated Vettel from his team-mate Kimi Raikkonen in eightieth.
Fernando Alonso used an updated Honda power unit to go ninith fastest while Valtteri Bottas completed the top ten for Williams. Lotus’s Pastor Maldonado didn’t set a lap time because of a gearbox issue.
Eyes this weekend will of course be focused on Vettel and Hamilton with him needing to outscore Vettel by nine points to take a third championship with four races to go.