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World champion Sebastian Vettel damaged his chances of a fourth consecutive victory as he spectacularly crashed during Friday’s first practice session.

 The Red Bull driver crashed as he exited the last corner into the wall dubbed as the “Wall of Champions”.

 Mercedes and Ferrari dominated the session once it resumed.

 Nico Rosberg topped the timesheets with a 1.15.591 to finish ahead of Fernando Alonso, team-mate Michael Schumacher and Felipe Massa.

 McLaren’s Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton were fifth and sixth. Paul di Resta was eighth.

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Rosberg secured three podiums in 2011

Nico Rosberg has won the 2011 Lorenzo Bandini Trophy following his impressive debut season with the Mercedes team last year.

The annual award is given to drivers by the village of Brisighella near Bologna, in memory of their local driver Bandini, who was killed at the 1967 Monaco Grand Prix.

Rosberg becomes the 18th recipient of the prestigious award since its inauguration in 1992. It is awarded to any outstanding individual from the world of motor racing.

Previous winners include Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel, Felipe Massa, Lewis Hamilton, Mark Webber, Kimi Raikkonen, Jacques Villeneuve, Luca di Montezemelo, Robert Kubica and current team-mate Michael Schumacher.

“It’s a great honour to be awarded the Bandini Trophy,” Rosberg told his official website. “It’s not just awarded for achievements on the race track, but also a driver’s mentality and approach to the sport, which gives it extra meaning.”

In addition to the evening ceremony, the winner wins the chance to drive the 12km route between Faenza and Brisighella, on public streets.

Whilst previous winners have often used F1 machinery, Rosberg chose to use an AMG Mercedes C-Class DTM car.

I had great fun driving the DTM car on the open roads,” said Rosberg.

“There was just one police car in front of me and traffic coming from the other direction, which the police had to clear out of the way. It was an incredible sight – and especially because there were spectators lining the route all the way.

“The Italian people have an incredible enthusiasm and passion for motorsport,” he said.

Rosberg claimed three podiums in 2010 and nearly scored twice as many points as his seven-time world champion team-mate.

Looking ahead to this weekend’s Canadian Grand prix, the German was upbeat.

“Our race performance in Monaco was not good. But hopefully we can qualify strongly again in Montreal, and also deliver in race condition this weekend,” he said.

Rosberg was in the points when hit by Barrichello

Mercedes are hopeful that the Malaysian Grand Prix will kick-start their 2011 season after making a stuttering start in Australia two weeks ago.

In Melbourne Michael Schumacher retired early on with mechanical failure and Nico Rosberg’s race was cut short after Rubens Barrichello ploughed into the side of his car.

But the team are hopeful that Malaysia will bring about a change of fortune for the team, who twice topped the timesheets at the final pre-season test in Barcelona last month.

“There is absolutely no doubt we want to do better than in the opening race, which was a disappointment for all of us,” said seven-time World Champion Schumacher.

“We clearly see that as a challenge and it is much too early to write us off. Everybody in the team remains positive and is in a fighting mood. So I expect a better weekend for us to come; a weekend we can build on.”

Rosberg echoed his team-mates positivity and said he expects Mercedes to be more competitive at one of his favourite tracks.

“We can surprise people this Sunday. We know that the car is fast from the last test in Barcelona, so now we have to work on proving that potential,” he said.

The 2011 season is Mercedes second full season as an independent manufacturer after taking over Brawn GP in the winter of 2009.