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Formula One: Sainz and Kvyat fastest in rain-affected Suzuka practices

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Carlos Sainz and Daniil Kvyat have topped the two Friday practice sessions for this weekend’s Formula One Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka. The drivers had no opportunity to get in dry weather running, with the circuit bathed in rain from the start to finish of both 90 minute sessions.

Limited running for the teams and drivers is always a given when a wet Friday practice session occurs. This was absolutely the case in Suzuka for practice 1. No drivers completed a flying lap until well over halfway through the session. It was Max Verstappen in the Toro Rosso who was the first to put himself on the leader-board with a 1’51.640.

At the end of the session it would be his team-mate Carlos Sainz who sat at the top of the times after lowering the times to a 1’49.434. Sainz was half a second clear of Red Bull driver Daniil Kvyat, who was the only other driver under the 1’50 barrier.

Nico Rosberg was 3rd fastest ahead of Singapore victor Sebastian Vettel and retiree Lewis Hamilton. The Silver Arrows pair are seeking to end any doubts that Vettel and Ferrari could challenge them in the latter stages of this season by having a strong weekend this time out. Rosberg and Hamilton were separated by 7 tenths of a second.

6th fastest was former session leader Max Verstappen ahead of Kimi Raikkonen’s Ferrari in 7th. 8th belonged to Felipe Massa, who become the first man to fall foul of the wet conditions after almost putting his Williams in the wall on the exit of Degner 2. Completing the top 10 was Marcus Ericcson and Valtteri Bottas, with only 2 more drivers on the board with a lap time. Felipe Nasr and Jenson Button were the final 2 runners, with the final 8 drivers not setting a lap-time due to the wet conditions.

Suzuka practice 1 time-sheets:

POS

Driver

Team

Time

Laps

1

Carlos Sainz

Toro Rosso

1’49.434

10

2

Daniil Kvyat

Red Bull

1’49.938

6

3

Nico Rosberg

Mercedes

1’50.077

14

4

Sebastian Vettel

Ferrari

1’50.519

12

5

Lewis Hamilton

Mercedes

1’50.722

6

6

Max Verstappen

Toro Rosso

1’50.940

10

7

Kimi Raikkonen

Ferrari

1’51.212

15

8

Felipe Massa

Williams

1’52.288

12

9

Marcus Ericsson

Sauber

1’53.820

12

10

Valtteri Bottas

Williams

1’53.964

14

11

Felipe Nasr

Sauber

1’54.013

9

12

Jenson Button

McLaren

1’55.678

6

13

Daniel Ricciardo

Red Bull

No time

1

14

Nico Hulkenberg

Force India

No time

4

15

Sergio Perez

Force India

No time

3

16

Fernando Alonso

McLaren

No time

5

17

Pastor Maldonado

Lotus

No time

1

18

Jolyon Palmer

Lotus

No time

1

19

Will Stevens

Manor

No time

3

20

Alexander Rossi

Manor

No time

4

The limited running continued in practice 2 despite a promising start to the session. The drivers ventured out onto the track as it was drying up, allowing for some Intermediate tyre running. This wouldn’t last long however, as the rain soon built up once more, meaning that the final order was set pretty early on in the session as no improvement in time was possible.

Daniil Kvyat, who also showed good wet weather pace in the first session, was the fastest driver at the end of practice 2. The Russian had been the first man to lay down a lap time before being beaten by over a second by Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg. Daniil would later come back out to set his fastest lap of a 1’48.277; 0.023 second quicker than Rosberg who would end the session 2nd fastest.

3rd fastest would go to the second Silver Arrow of Lewis Hamilton, who was struggling to match his team-mate in the wet conditions. He would later go on to say that he had learned absolutely nothing from the Friday practice sessions. In fact, his exact words were ‘diddly squat’.

4th and 5th fastest would go to former team-mates Daniel Ricciardo and Sebastian Vettel; with the pair separated by a whopping 1.1 second gap. Vettel was followed by current team-mate Kimi Raikkonen in 6th and then the two Toro Rosso drivers in 7th and 8th. Felipe Nasr and newly-resigned Lotus driver Pastor Maldonado completed the top 10.

All but one driver set a lap time in the second practice session, with Valtteri Bottas the only driver not to do so after a mechanical issue befell his Williams.

Suzuka practice 2 time-sheets:

POS

Driver

Team

Time

Laps

1

Daniil Kvyat

Red Bull

1’48.277

6

2

Nico Rosberg

Mercedes

1’48.300

8

3

Lewis Hamilton

Mercedes

1’48.853

8

4

Daniel Ricciardo

Red Bull

1’49.097

10

5

Sebastian Vettel

Ferrari

1’50.268

18

6

Kimi Raikkonen

Ferrari

1’50.319

16

7

Carlos Sainz

Toro Rosso

1’50.418

6

8

Max Verstappen

Toro Rosso

1’50.542

5

9

Felipe Nasr

Sauber

1’50.968

10

10

Pastor Maldonado

Lotus

1’51.557

7

11

Nico Hulkenberg

Force India

1’51.674

11

12

Jenson Button

McLaren

1’51.861

9

13

Marcus Ericsson

Sauber

1’51.934

12

14

Sergio Perez

Force India

1’52.070

8

15

Romain Grosjean

Lotus

1’52.534

6

16

Felipe Massa

Williams

1’52.765

6

17

Fernando Alonso

McLaren

1’55.239

10

18

Will Stevens

Manor

1’58.059

6

19

Alexander Rossi

Manor

1’59.419

7

20

Valtteri Bottas

Williams

No time

0

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Jordan Groves
Jordan Groves
18 years old, UK. Formula One & Formula E Correspondent for RTR Sports. Fan of Formula One, Formula E, NASCAR, IndyCar, BTCC and many more! Follow me on Twitter: @jgroves1996

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