Japanese GP (EL2): Mercedes comfortable on wet track

For once, the second free practice session of the Japanese Grand Prix lasted 90 minutes and not 60. Pirelli wanted to use these extended « EL2 » to test prototype tires for of next season. In the end, this was not the case due to the weather conditions (the tests were postponed to the Mexican GP) but the session nevertheless kept this length. And after an hour and a half and 23 laps completed, it was George Russell who was the fastest on the wet Suzuka track, where it had rained heavily between the two sessions on Friday. The Mercedes driver set one of his laps in 1’41″935, 313 thousandths better than the best time set by Fernando Alonso during the first session. Russell was 235 thousandths ahead of his team-mate Lewis Hamilton, while Max Verstappen, who could win his second world championship title this Sunday, finished quite far from the duo, 851 thousandths behind Russell.

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