Rosberg leads Mercedes one-two at Suzuka

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Friday 7th October, 2016 - 5:58pm

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Nico Rosberg has dominated the opening two practice runs at Suzuka

Nico Rosberg has dominated the opening two practice runs at Suzuka

Nico Rosberg held sway at Suzuka, topping both practice sessions for the Japanese Grand Prix ahead of his team-mate Lewis Hamilton.

The German continued his purple patch of form by laying down a best of 1:32.25s in Practice 2 before the majority of the field settled into long runs.

Using the soft compound rubber, Rosberg’s edge was a scant 0.07s faster than Hamilton.

The Brit had earlier shaded Rosberg on hard tyres.

Earlier in Practice 1, Rosberg had shaded Hamilton by 0.21s as Mercedes began solidly following their indifferent results at the recent Malaysian Grand Prix.

Kimi Raikkonen gained the upper hand over Ferrari team-mate Sebastian Vettel by claiming third best in P2 ahead of Max Verstappen (Red Bull).

Vettel was fifth ahead of the Force India pair of Sergio Perez and Nico Hulkenberg.

Fernando Alonso put the McLaren-Honda in eighth ahead of Valtteri Bottas (Williams) while Carlos Sainz completed the top 10.

Malaysian Grand Prix winner Daniel Ricciardo ended down in 12th after ending the first 90-minute practice spell fifth.

The Virtual Safety Car was deployed mid-session for the stricken Haas of Esteban Gutierrez who parked the Ferrari-powered machine near the Degner Curve.

It was later believed to be a turbo issue that curtailed the Mexican’s run.

Practice 2

1

Nico Rosberg

Mercedes

1:32.25s

35

2

Lewis Hamilton

Mercedes

1:32.32

0.072s

35

3

Kimi Raikkonen

Ferrari

1:32.57

0.323s

26

4

Max Verstappen

Red Bull/Renault

1:33.06

0.811s

29

5

Sebastian Vettel

Ferrari

1:33.10

0.853s

34

6

Sergio Perez

Force India/Mercedes

1:33.57

1.320s

37

7

Nico Hulkenberg

Force India/Mercedes

1:33.87

1.623s

35

8

Fernando Alonso

McLaren/Honda

1:33.98

1.735s

37

9

Valtteri Bottas

Williams/Mercedes

1:34.02

1.778s

33

10

Carlos Sainz

Toro Rosso/Ferrari

1:34.08

1.836s

33

11

Felipe Massa

Williams/Mercedes

1:34.12

1.877s

33

12

Daniel Ricciardo

Red Bull/Renault

1:34.15

1.900s

29

13

Romain Grosjean

Haas/Ferrari

1:34.24

1.991s

33

14

Daniil Kvyat

Toro Rosso/Ferrari

1:34.30

2.055s

27

15

Kevin Magnussen

Renault

1:34.33

2.089s

36

16

Jenson Button

McLaren/Honda

1:34.39

2.148s

29

17

Esteban Gutierrez

Haas/Ferrari

1:34.64

2.393s

11

18

Jolyon Palmer

Renault

1:34.76

2.510s

40

19

Felipe Nasr

Sauber/Ferrari

1:34.82

2.574s

26

20

Pascal Wehrlein

Manor/Mercedes

1:35.29

3.042s

30

21

Esteban Ocon

Manor/Mercedes

1:35.40

3.150s

37

22

Marcus Ericsson

Sauber/Ferrari

1:36.31

4.068s

26

Practice 1

1

Nico Rosberg

Mercedes

1:32.43s

24

2

Lewis Hamilton

Mercedes

1:32.64

0.215s

21

3

Sebastian Vettel

Ferrari

1:33.52

1.094s

19

4

Kimi Raikkonen

Ferrari

1:33.81

1.386s

17

5

Daniel Ricciardo

Red Bull/Renault

1:34.11

1.681s

23

6

Max Verstappen

Red Bull/Renault

1:34.37

1.948s

26

7

Nico Hulkenberg

Force India/Mercedes

1:34.53

2.099s

28

8

Sergio Perez

Force India/Mercedes

1:34.76

2.336s

30

9

Fernando Alonso

McLaren/Honda

1:35.00

2.572s

10

10

Valtteri Bottas

Williams/Mercedes

1:35.38

2.950s

31

11

Daniil Kvyat

Toro Rosso/Ferrari

1:35.44

3.015s

23

12

Carlos Sainz

Toro Rosso/Ferrari

1:35.67

3.241s

27

13

Jenson Button

McLaren/Honda

1:35.67

3.246s

24

14

Romain Grosjean

Haas/Ferrari

1:35.68

3.257s

17

15

Felipe Nasr

Sauber/Ferrari

1:35.96

3.536s

15

16

Felipe Massa

Williams/Mercedes

1:36.16

3.738s

23

17

Esteban Gutierrez

Haas/Ferrari

1:36.21

3.788s

21

18

Marcus Ericsson

Sauber/Ferrari

1:36.29

3.863s

19

19

Kevin Magnussen

Renault

1:36.82

4.391s

30

20

Esteban Ocon

Manor/Mercedes

1:37.79

5.366s

29

21

Pascal Wehrlein

Manor/Mercedes

1:37.96

5.535s

24

22

Jolyon Palmer

Renault

1:37.99

5.561s

13