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Rosberg once again on top in second practice in Japan

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As in the morning, Mercedes AMG Petronas driver and World Championship leader Nico Rosberg led the way in the Japanese Grand Prix. The German set his fastest lap in the second free practice session at 1:32.250 on Pirelli’s soft compounds, the softest of which are on offer this weekend.

Other than a minor scare with smoke out the back leaving the pits 13 minutes in, it was an uneventful session for the German.

Lewis Hamilton was second while Kimi Raikkonen was an impressive third for Ferrari.

Daniel Ricciardo didn’t do a proper qualifying run on softs, instead ending 12ths on hards in the session.

A virtual safety car sidelined Haas’ Esteban Gutierrez, who parked just before Degner, while Daniil Kvyat survived a lurid spin in his Toro Rosso at the final corner without damage.

With rain possible the rest of the weekend, this was a good chance to get a wealth of dry running in.

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Formula E: Vergne outlasts di Grassi for Punta del Este victory

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Saturday’s Punta del Este ePrix did not disappoint, with Techeetah’s Jean-Eric Vergne and Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler’s Lucas di Grassi engaging in a thrilling battle throughout the entire race.

Vergne led the way from the pole, having been promoted up the grid after original pole sitter di Grassi was ruled to have cut a chicane during his pole lap, but di Grassi was right on the back wing of Vergne the entire way and made several attempts to get by.

The intense battle between the two, which saw them nearly lock Vergne’s rear wing with di Grassi’s front nose, stayed remarkably clean for the most part, and Vergne was able to hold off all of di Grassi’s advances, a few of which can be viewed below, to take the win.

DS Virgin Racing’s Sam Bird was also on the charge, the British driver coming from ninth on the grid to take third.

Full race results can be viewed here. The victory sees Vergne extend his points lead over Mahindra Racing’s Felix Rosenqvist, who finished fifth, to 30 points, with Vergne on 109 markers and Rosenqvist on 79.

Bird sits third with 76 points, respectively.