Formula One - Rosberg pips Hamilton in Spa opening practice

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Formula One - Rosberg pips Hamilton in Spa opening practice
Mercedes-AMG's German driver Nico Rosberg holds a press conference at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit in Spa on August 21, 2014 ahead of the Belgium Formula One Grand Prix. AFP PHOTO / TOM GANDOLFINI (AFP Photo/Tom Gandolfini)

- World championship leader Nico Rosberg topped the times just ahead of his Mercedes team-mate and nearest rival Lewis Hamilton in Friday’s opening free practice for Sunday’s Belgian Grand Prix.

Rosberg, who leads Hamilton by 11 points in the title race, clocked a best lap of one minute and 51.577 seconds around the spectacular and sprawling 7.004-km circuit set in the Belgian Ardennes.

This gave him an advantage of just 0.097 seconds and confirmed the ferocity of the close contest between the two as they rejoin battle a month after their controversial disagreement at the Hungarian Grand Prix where Hamilton ignored team instructions to allow Rosberg to pass him.

This was the pair’s fifth consecutive one-two domination of opening practice.


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