Mercedes continued to lead the way in the final practice session in Abu Dhabi – but for the first time this weekend Rosberg was their quickest driver.
Lewis Hamilton’s bid to win a second world championship this weekend got off to a promising start as he headed both practice sessions.
Lewis Hamilton was the quickest of the two championship contenders as Mercedes were emphatically fastest in the first practice session for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
Nico Rosberg continued to set the pace at Interlagos, heading the times for the third session in a row, followed by team mate Lewis Hamilton.
Nico Rosberg led another Mercedes one-two in second practice, lapping two-tenths of a second faster than team mate Lewis Hamilton.
The Mercedes drivers were comfortably fastest as usual in first practice at Interlagos where drivers found the resurfaced track offered a lot of grip.
Lewis Hamilton completed a clean sweep of practice sessions at the Circuit of the Americas by heading the final hour of running ahead of qualifying.
Lewis Hamilton narrowly edged team mate and championship rival Nico Rosberg in second practice – but was then sidelined with a technical problem.
It was business as usual for Mercedes in the first practice session at the Circuit of the Americas.
Lewis Hamilton headed the times in final practice at Sochi Autodrom despite spinning off towards the end of the session.