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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