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Japanese Grand Prix FP2: Daniil Kvyat quickest in wash-out at Suzuka

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Japanese Grand Prix FP2: Daniil Kvyat quickest in wash-out at Suzuka
Sep 25, 2015, 7:53 AM

Red Bull’s Daniil Kvyat topped the times in the second practice session of the Japanese Grand Prix, as persistent rain washed out much of the Fri...

Red Bull’s Daniil Kvyat topped the times in the second practice session of the Japanese Grand Prix, as persistent rain washed out much of the Friday Formula 1 running at Suzuka.

Nico Rosberg briefly deposed Kvyat, who set the early pace, at the head of the time sheets but the Russian driver responded and set his fastest time of 1m48.277s after 15 minutes of running.

The drivers were able to use the intermediate tyre for much of the session before the rain intensified with around 30 minutes of FP2 to go, which meant no one was able to improve their times late on.

Lewis Hamilton

Rosberg, who was using the upgraded Mercedes engine that developed a fault in Monza and couldn’t be used in the Italian Grand Prix, ended the session in second place. The German will run the power unit he used last weekend in Singapore for the rest of the sessions in Japan.

Lewis Hamilton was third in the second Mercedes car, ahead of Daniel Riccardo and Sebastian Vettel – who had a moment when he went off the track at the Spoon curve but the German driver was able to recover. Kimi Raikkonen was sixth in the second Ferrari and was one of several drivers to run wide at the final chicane.

Carlos Sainz, who was quickest earlier in the day in FP1, was the top Toro Rosso driver in P7, with his teammate Max Verstappen right behind him in eighth. It wasn’t an entirely smooth FP2 for the Italian team as Sainz reported a “strange noise” coming for the rear of his car and Verstappen made a mistake and went off at the Hairpin.

Carlos Sainz

Sauber’s Felipe Nasr was ninth and Pastor Maldonado rounded up out the top ten for Lotus. Nico Hulkenberg ended the day 11th fastest ahead of McLaren’s Jenson Button, who complained of severe graining on his intermediate tyres and aquaplaning on the straights in the heavy rain at the end of the session.

Marcus Ericsson was 13th quickest in the second Sauber, ahead of Sergio Perez and Romain Grosjean. The Frenchman was warned to “be careful as we have the same problem as last week”, when he retired from the Singapore race.

Felipe Massa finished in 16th place for Williams, ahead of Fernando Alonso – who missed the first 50 minutes of the session as McLaren fitted another Honda engine to his car – and the Manor pair of Alexander Rossi and Will Stevens.

Fernando Alonso

Valtteri Bottas did not set a time in the other Williams as the Finnish driver opted to stay in the garage and save his car for the rest of the weekend.

With the remainder of the running at Suzuka expected to be dry, the field will not have learnt much about the track during the first three hours of practice, although McLaren did point out to Button that it was worth him staying out despite the deluge to gather useful “fuel flow data.”

Hamilton, however, explained that he had learned nothing from the day's two practice sessions. He said: "Have you heard of the term diddly squat? That's what it is today. It has not been particularly fun. There has not been a lot to learn.

"The balance will be so much different tomorrow so it is irrelevant what we did today. You don't want to risk the car. It's a shame for the fans because a lot of them have turned up today."

FP2 Results:

Pos

1 Daniil Kvyat Red Bull 1m48.277s

2 Nico Rosberg Mercedes +0.023s

3 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes +0.576s

4 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull +0.820s

5 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari +1.991s

6 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari +2.042s

7 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso +2.141s

8 Max Verstappen Toro Rosso +2.265s

9 Felipe Nasr Sauber +2.691s

10 Pastor Maldonado Lotus +3.280s

11 Nico Hulkenberg Force India +3.397s

12 Jenson Button McLaren +3.584s

13 Marcus Ericsson Sauber +3.657s

14 Sergio Perez Force India +3.793s

15 Romain Grosjean Lotus +4.257s

16 Felipe Massa Williams +4.488s

17 Fernando Alonso McLaren +6.962s

18 Will Stevens Marussia +9.782s

19 Alexander Rossi Marussia +11.142s
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