Vettel fastest in practice as rain hits Suzuka

Sebastian Vettel was fastest in Practice 1

Sebastian Vettel ended the first day fastest as rain hampered the second of the day’s two practice sessions for this weekend’s Japanese Formula 1 Grand Prix.

Vettel ended the first session quickest in the only meaningful running of the day, with heavy rain hitting the Suzuka circuit and limiting running in Practice 2.

Though the clock started, the green flag wasn’t shown until 45 minutes into the second practice session.

There was little running as a result, with only a handful of drivers taking to the circuit and completing timed laps.

The conditions almost caught out Esteban Ocon and Lance Stroll, both who found standing water at the first corner.

Earlier, Carlos Sainz crashed at the Hairpin in opening practice when he ran wide and lost control on the exit kerb.

Sainz’s crash drew the red flag at around the midway point of the session.

Vettel set the best time of the day shortly after the session resumed before rain closed in and saw teams sit out the final 10 minutes of the day.

Lewis Hamilton ended the day’s dry running second ahead of Daniel Ricciardo, while Malaysian Grand Prix winner Max Verstappen was sixth.

Result: Formula 1 Japanese Grand Prix Practice 2

Position Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m48.719s 4
2 Esteban Ocon Force India/Mercedes 1m49.518s +0.799s 3
3 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m51.345s +2.626s 3
4 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m52.146s +3.427s 3
5 Lance Stroll Williams/Mercedes 1m52.343s +3.624s 4
6 Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 1
7 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1
8 Jolyon Palmer Renault 1
9 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 3
10 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1
11 Fernando Alonso Renault 2
12 Pascal Wehrlein Sauber/Ferrari 2
13 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Renault 1
14 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren/Honda 1

Result: Formula 1 Japanese Grand Prix Practice 1

Position Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m29.166s 23
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m29.377s 0.211s 29
3 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m29.541s 0.375s 27
4 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m29.638s 0.472s 22
5 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1m30.151s 0.985s 30
6 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Renault 1m30.762s 1.596s 26
7 Esteban Ocon Force India/Mercedes 1m30.899s 1.733s 22
8 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1m30.974s 1.808s 24
9 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 1m31.032s 1.866s 22
10 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren/Honda 1m31.202s 2.036s 24
11 Kevin Magnussen Haas/Ferrari 1m31.216s 2.050s 15
12 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1m31.235s 2.069s 19
13 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m31.530s 2.364s 23
14 Lance Stroll Williams/Mercedes 1m31.602s 2.436s 22
15 Jolyon Palmer Renault 1m31.757s 2.591s 22
16 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m31.912s 2.746s 20
17 Carlos Sainz Jr. Toro Rosso/Renault 1m32.252s 3.086s 14
18 Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso/Renault 1m32.501s 3.335s 18
19 Pascal Wehrlein Sauber/Ferrari 1m32.897s 3.731s 29
20  Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m33.397s 4.231s 28

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