Nico Rosberg takes second practice session ahead of Japanese Grand Prix
By: S. Harding, Xiro Xone News October 7, 2016 Updated: 8:11 AM
After finishing at the top of the timesheet in FP1 Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg was able to once again, take top spot ahead of his teammate Lewis Hamilton, in the second practice session of the Japanese Grand Prix.
Rosberg managed to finish 0.072s ahead of Hamilton, on the soft (Yellow Band) tire, after which, Rosberg completed a long run on the medium (White Band) tire, and Hamilton on the (Orange Band) hard tire.
“It’s been a case of finding my way today. It began with quite a lot of under-steer and we had to work through the setup in order to find a better balance on the car. In the afternoon, the medium tire didn’t seem as strong as the hard as we saw in Malaysia,” said Rosberg.
“It’s been a really good day with no problems on the car which is great. We managed to get plenty of laps in but there’s still some work to be done overnight in order to find more pace. That’s a work in progress and hopefully we’ll be going into Sunday in good shape,” said Hamilton.
Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen finished third just 0.323s behind Rosberg, with Red Bull driver Max Verstappen who ended his day in fourth, found himself sandwiched between both Ferraris.
“It was one of those days that seem a bit tricky but in the end go for better. My feeling with the car was not very nice, I suffered a lot with understeer and I was struggling with the balance through the first sector, but the lap time was ok,” said Raikkonen.
Sebastian Vettel ended his day fifth, for Scuderia Ferrari. Sergio Perez and Nico Hulkenberg took sixth and seventh for Force India, Perez was 0.303s ahead of his teammate Nico Hulkenberg.
Mclaren-Honda’s Fernando Alonso, finished eighth, ahead of Valtteri Bottas and Carlos Sainz, finished ninth and tenth for Williams and Toro Rosso.
Felipe Massa in the second Williams, took 11th ahead of Daniel Ricciardo in 12th for Red Bull Racing, and Romain Grosjean was 13th for Haas F1 who continue to try and find solutions to his mechanical woes.
Toro Rosso’s Daniil Kvyat did a 360 degree spin coming onto the pit straight. His car went onto the grass on the exit of the chicane. His car suffered minor damage and he finished the session 14th having completed 27 laps.
“It was a decent Friday, we did a good job. My running was slightly compromised in FP2, but we know that in tomorrow’s FP3 we will be back to normal and we will see where we are compared to the others. We’ve collected plenty of data regarding the tyres, which is what we wanted, and we now have enough information to analyse tonight,” said Kvyat.
Jenson Button finished 16th for McLaren-Honda, with Esteban Gutierrez finishing 17th for Haas F1 after suffering a turbo issue, but managed to end the day ahead of Renault’s Jolyon Palmer in 18th.
Sauber’s Felipe Nasr finished 19th, with Manor Racing’s Pascal Wehrlein in 20th and his teammate Esteban Ocon 21st. Marcus Ericsson took the final spot on the timesheet for Sauber in 22nd.