FP2 - Hamilton fastest amid Suzuka deluge

Doug Mendoza
October 8, 2017

Formula One championship leader Lewis Hamilton clocked the fastest lap in a rain-hit second practice session for the Japanese Grand Prix on Friday, when only five drivers set a timed lap.

Bottas said: "We didn't really run in FP2, so it's a shame for the fans out there who were waiting to see us running". Sure, the last two races were far from being ideal, but we will continue to work hard.

"I think it's pretty clear we need to do our best". To bury one's head in the sand is absolutely no option.

"In FP2, there was a lot of rain, but it felt really important to go out and assess the track and see how the vehicle was feeling as the auto was not good in the wet in Malaysia".

Hamilton capitalised on both occasions, coming through to win from fifth in Singapore and finishing second in Malaysia behind Red Bull victor Max Verstappen with Vettel fourth.

"It's been a hard weekend, but nevertheless the speed is there", said the four-time champion, who has four wins this year to Hamilton's seven.

"On my short runs in FP1 I had to abort [due to the red flag]", Verstappen said. "Mercedes are still quite quick but we are quite close as well, so hopefully then with the warmer conditions on Sunday that should help us a little bit".

"My favourite corner is the fast Esses in the first sector, but it's also the most hard section of the track and you really have to concentrate on getting the set-up right".

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Ferrari have been quicker than Mercedes in the past two races but Mercedes have recorded better results at the end of each race.

SUZUKA, Japan (Reuters) - Lewis Hamilton and his Mercedes team will be looking for lost speed as Formula One wraps up its Asian leg in Japan this weekend.

"It's been an interesting day", Hamilton said.

Overall the Mercedes momentum has continued to build during the second half of the season and the high price now available for Vettel is attracting attention from our customers who believe that he can turn things around.

Instead their challenge has imploded, with first with an opening lap crash in Singapore for Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen followed by engine problems that left the four-time champion dead last on the grid and Raikkonen unable to even make the start in Malaysia.

"But we owe it to ourselves to take a look around and see what could be the best option for the team going forwards".

"As a starting point for the weekend, it definitely feels better than a week ago".

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