Kvyat stars in wet Suzuka practice

Daniil Kvyat

Daniil Kvyat

Daniil Kvyat mastered difficult wet conditions to top the times in practice ahead of the Japanese Grand Prix.

The Russian proved the Red Bull RB11 is well equipped on a wet track as he edged the Mercedes duo of Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton at the Suzuka circuit.

Kvyat set the benchmark in the session with his opening run on intermediate tyres before he was briefly dislodged by Rosberg.

However the Red Bull driver responded with a 1:48.277s which proved to be the fastest time of the day, as heavy rain returned for the final 30 minutes of the session.

Several drivers chose to fit wet tyres to collect data in the remaining half hour.

Rosberg, running a repaired engine from Monza, trailed Kvyat by 0.023s while championship leader Hamilton was 0.576s back in third.

The second Red Bull of Daniel Ricciardo emerged in fourth 0.8s adrift of his team-mate.

Carlos Sainz ended the day with the fifth fastest time overall courtesy of his 1:49.4s effort which topped the morning practice session also held in wet conditions.

Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel clocked the most laps in Practice 2 with his best time good enough for fifth in the session and sixth overall, fractionally ahead of Kimi Raikkonen.

Toro Rosso’s Max Verstappen, Sauber’s Felipe Nasr and the Lotus of Pastor Maldonado rounded out the top 10.

Jenson Button proved to be the best of the McLaren Honda entries in 12th, while team-mate Fernando Alonso, who was forced into an engine change in Practice 2, finished 17th.

Valtteri Bottas elected not to run in Practice 2 choosing to conserve his allocation of intermediate and wet tyres.

Deteriorating weather conditions in Practice 1 saw a group of eight drivers elect to complete installation laps only.

Result: Formula 1 Japanese Grand Prix, Practice 2

Position Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Daniil Kvyat Red Bull/Renault 1:48.277s 6
2 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:48.300s +0.023s 8
3 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:48.853s +0.576s 8
4 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1:49.097s +0.820s 10
5 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:50.268s +1.991s 19
6 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1:50.319s +2.042s 16
7 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Renault 1:50.418s +2.141s 6
8 Max Verstappen Toro Rosso/Renault 1:50.542s +2.265s 5
9 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari 1:50.968s +2.691s 10
10 Pastor Maldonado Lotus/Mercedes 1:51.557s +3.280s 7
11 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1:51.674s +3.397s 11
12 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 1:51.861s +3.584s 9
13 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1:51.934s +3.657s 12
14 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1:52.070s +3.793s 8
15 Romain Grosjean Lotus/Mercedes 1:52.534s +4.257s 6
16 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1:52.765s +4.488s 6
17 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1:55.239s +6.962s 10
18 Will Stevens Marussia/Ferrari 1:58.059s +9.782s 6
19 Alexander Rossi Marussia/Ferrari 1m59.419s +11.142s 7

Result: Formula 1 Japanese Grand Prix, Practice 1

Position Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Renault 1:49.434s 10
2 Daniil Kvyat Red Bull/Renault 1:49.938s +0.504s 7
3 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:50.077s +0.643s 14
4 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:50.519s +1.085s 12
5 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:50.722s +1.288s 6
6 Max Verstappen Toro Rosso/Renault 1:50.940s +1.506s 10
7 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1:51.212s +1.778s 15
8 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1:52.288s +2.854s 12
9 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1:53.820s +4.386s 12
10 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1:53.964s +4.530s 14
11 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari 1:54.013s +4.579s 9
12 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 1:55.678s 6+.244s 6
13 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault No time set 1
14 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes No time set 4
15 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes No time set 3
16 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda No time set 5
17 Pastor Maldonado Lotus/Mercedes No time set 1
18 Jolyon Palmer Lotus/Mercedes No time set 1
19 Will Stevens Marussia/Ferrari No time set 3
20 Alexander Rossi Marussia/Ferrari No time set 4

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