Hamilton seizes Friday advantage

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F1 Grand Prix, GP Japan, Circuit Suzukajp

Having lost out in the morning session, Lewis Hamilton took the advantage on Friday afternoon at Japan by topping the second practice session for the Japanese Grand Prix.

Nico Rosberg was the closest match to Hamilton, 0.240s off the pace. While Hamilton didn't have the cleanest of laps on the medium tyre, Rosberg also lost time on his flyer, locking up in the final chicane.

Valtteri Bottas was third fastest, even though he was more than a full second behind Rosberg. Button, Vettel and the two Ferrari drivers were next up in the fastest times ranking.

Overall, the session was very eventful, especially for Daniel Ricciardo who was sidelined after a crash, having completed only 3 laps during the session. Ricciardo lost control of his Red Bull RB10 on the entry of the final corner, locking up all wheels and ending up in the barriers. Leaving the car in a troublesome position, the track got red flagged for a few minutes until everything got cleared.

Also crashing out were Sauber's Esteban Gutierrez, hitting the barriers at Spoon curve. Kamui Kobayashi also messed up by going out on turn 3, completing just 3 laps after having had to sit out FP1 in favour of Roberto Mehri.

The final moments also saw some drops of rain, a possible prelude of the anticipated typhoon Phanfone.


144Lewis HamiltonMercedes1:35.078-28
26Nico RosbergMercedes1:35.3180.24027
377Valtteri BottasWilliams-Mercedes1:36.2791.20124
422Jenson ButtonMcLaren-Mercedes1:36.4091.33128
51Sebastian VettelRed Bull Racing-Renault1:36.4361.35824
67Kimi RäikkönenFerrari1:36.5291.45119
714Fernando AlonsoFerrari1:36.6371.55926
820Kevin MagnussenMcLaren-Mercedes1:36.7141.63631
926Daniil KvyatStr-Renault1:36.9431.86527
103Daniel RicciardoRed Bull Racing-Renault1:37.1862.1083
1125Jean-Eric VergneStr-Renault1:37.2192.14119
1227Nico HulkenbergForce India-Mercedes1:37.5042.42616
138Romain GrosjeanLotus-Renault1:37.5632.48531
1419Felipe MassaWilliams-Mercedes1:37.7002.62218
1511Sergio PerezForce India-Mercedes1:37.7862.7088
1613Pastor MaldonadoLotus-Renault1:37.7982.72027
1799Adrian SutilSauber-Ferrari1:38.0102.93225
1821Esteban GutierrezSauber-Ferrari1:38.3653.2879
199Marcus EricssonCaterham-Renault1:39.0693.99122
2017Jules BianchiMarussia-Ferrari1:39.3064.22820
214Max ChiltonMarussia-Ferrari1:39.3334.25524
2210Kamui KobayashiCaterham-Renault1:42.7607.6823