Formula 1

FP2: Russell leads Hamilton in Mercedes one-two in wet second practice at Suzuka

George Russell led a Mercedes one-two at a rain-hampered second practice session at Suzuka, with the Briton topping the timesheets ahead of team mate Lewis Hamilton and championship leader Max Verstappen.

The teams were once again greeted with wet conditions at Suzuka as rain continued to fall, resulting in the drivers staying in the pit lane at the beginning of the session. But after they emerged, the first half hour of the 90-minute practice saw Hamilton lead the way with a time of 1m 49.489s.

With an hour left, Hamilton and Russell became the first drivers to make the switch from the wet tyres to the intermediates, resulting in the Mercedes pair trading fastest laps as track conditions improved.

In the end, it was Russell who won the contest between the pair, setting a time of 1m 41.935s that bettered Hamilton’s attempt by 0.235s.


Practice 2 results

1  George RUSSELL Mercedes 1:41.935
2  Lewis HAMILTON Mercedes +0.235s
3  Max VERSTAPPEN Red Bull Racing +0.851s
4  Sergio PEREZ Red Bull Racing +0.899s
5  Kevin MAGNUSSEN Haas F1 Team +1.252s

Championship leader Max Verstappen was third quickest – 0.851s behind Russell – with team mate Sergio Perez rounding out the top four.

Kevin Magnussen – whose team mate Mick Schumacher took no part in the session after crashing into the barrier at the end of FP1 – continued his good Friday form, with the fifth quickest time overall.

Carlos Sainz was sixth fastest ahead of his compatriot Fernando Alonso – who was quickest in FP1 – in seventh, with his Alpine team mate Esteban Ocon further down the order in ninth.

It was a good session for Alfa Romeo, with Valtteri Bottas – who won at Suzuka in 2019 – eighth quickest, with team mate Zhou Guanyu, in 10th.

Charles Leclerc set a time good enough for 11th, ahead of the Williams duo of Nicholas Latifi and Alex Albon, who were 12th and 13th, respectively, in the timesheets.

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