Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg of Germany steers his car during the first training session prior to the Formula One Grand Prix, at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, Austria, on Friday, July 1, 2016. (AP Photo/Kerstin Joensson)
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Championship leader Nico Rosberg clocked the fastest ever lap at the Red Bull Ring Friday as he topped the times in an incident-filled opening free practice for this weekend's Austrian Grand Prix.The German, who celebrated his 31st birthday Monday, recorded a lap in one minute and 7.373 seconds to outpace nearest rival and Mercedes team-mate defending three-time champion Lewis Hamilton by nearly four-tenths of a second.Briton Hamilton, also 31, was four-tenths of a second off the pace set by Rosberg as he wound up second, after some off-track excursions, ahead of four-time champion German Sebastian Vettel and his under-pressure Ferrari team-mate Finn Kimi Raikkonen.
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