The English George Russell (Mercedes) dominated this Friday in the second practice for the Japanese Grand Prix, the eighteenth of the Formula One World Championship, which was held on the wet track of the Suzuka circuit.
in the best of his 22 laps, Russell covered, with intermediate tirethe 5,807 meters of the legendary Japanese track in a minute, 41 seconds and 935 thousandths, 235 less that his partner and compatriot, the seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton.
In a session in which Dutch Max Verstappen (Red Bull)outstanding leader of the World Cup -which in Japan will have its second opportunity to leave mathematically sentenced the revalidation of the title– set the third time, to eight and a half tenths.
The Mexican ‘Czech’ Perezthird in the World Cup, with 235 points -106 behind his Dutch teammate and only two behind the Monegasque Charles Leclerc (Ferrari)-, who has just won the Singapore Grand Prix brilliantly last Sunday, signed the fourth period of the test.
The brave driver from Guadalajara (Jalisco), who repeated the legendary Japanese track 25 times, stayed, in his best attempt, almost nine tenths behind Russell, in a rehearsal that lasted an hour and a half, half an hour longer than usual, with the end of next year’s tires being tested; something that turned out to be impossible, due to the wet conditions of the Japanese track. In which everyone completed their best lap on the intermediate compound.
The German Mike Schumacher (Haas), who had hilly -without major physical consequences- at the end of the first training session, in which he had scored the seventh time, did not come out in the second.
– Fernando Tornello (@F1Tornello) October 7, 2022
Free practice will be completed this Saturdayhours before qualifying, which will order the starting line-up for Sunday’s race, scheduled for 53 laps and with a distance of 307.4 kilometres.
– Time table of the second free practice for the Japanese GP:
.1. George Russell GBR Mercedes 1:41,935
.two. Lewis Hamilton GBR Mercedes 1:42,170
.3. Max Verstappen NED Red Bull 1:42,786
.4. Sergio Perez MEX Red Bull 1:42.834
.5. Kevin Magnussen DIN Haas 1:43,187
.6. Carlos Sainz ESP Ferrari 1:43,204
.7. Fernando Alonso ESP Alpine 1:43,533
.8. Valtteri Bottas END Alfa Romeo 1:43,733
.9. Esteban Ocon FRA Alpine 1:43,884
Zhou Guanyu CHN Alfa Romeo 1:44,525
Charles Leclerc MON Ferrari 1:44,709
Nicholas Latifi CAN Williams 1:44,962
Alexander Albon THA Williams 1:45,039
Yuki Tsunoda JPN Alpha Tauri 1:45,257
Sebastian Vettel GER Aston Martin 1:45,261
Lando Norris GBR McLaren 1:45,885
Daniel Ricciardo AUS McLaren 1:46,030
Lance Stroll CAN Aston Martin 1:46,776
Pierre Gasly FRA Alpha Tauri 1:47,109
Mick Schumacher GER Haas st