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Mercedes duo unsure if FRIC loss has closed gap

Mercedes drivers Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton topped the opening practice sessions on Friday, but the gap to rivals Red Bull and Ferrari seems to have closed up. Ferrari's Fernando Alonso was just over two-tenths behind the pair in FP1, whilst Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo was only a tenth behind come second practice. The loss of FRIC suspension - which is widely believed to have hit Mercedes hardest - could explain the smaller than normal advantage, according to Rosberg and Hamilton, but they can't be sure until qualifying. "I hope so," he replied when asked Mercedes still has the edge. "But for sure it will shuffle things around a little bit without this FRIC system and...
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