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Published: 09:07 | 7/10/16

Rosberg dominates Japanese practice

Nico Rosberg will be hoping to carry his good form into the weekend after dominating the first two free practice sessions for the Japanese Grand Prix.

Despite smoke emerging from his Mercedes as he pulled out of the garage early in the after, Rosberg came through the session without any problems and posted a 1:32.250 lap to deny team-mate Lewis Hamilton by 0.072 seconds.

The Mercedes drivers battled it out for the top spot during the session but it was Rosberg who went fastest once he had the soft-compound tyres on board and Hamilton had to settle for second spot.

Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen was best of the rest, just over three tenths of a second behind Rosberg, with Red Bull's Max Verstappen coming fourth just ahead of Sebastian Vettel in the second Ferrari.

Sergio Perez was sixth with his Force India team-mate Nico Hulkenberg seventh and Fernando Alonso eight for McLaren.

Williams' Valtteri Bottas and Carlos Sainz's Toro Rosso completed the top ten.

Earlier, Rosberg had outshone Hamilton to sit at the top of the timesheets at the end of the first free practice session.

Rosberg produced a 1:32.431 lap to finish 0.215seconds ahead of his championship rival, with Vettel and Raikkonen third and fourth respectively.

It was a better morning for Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo as he finished fifth - he was 12th in the second session - just ahead of Verstappen.

Hulkenberg finished in front of Perez in the morning with Alonso and Bottas completing the top ten.

There were a number of incidents over the course of the morning with Alonso damaging his rear wing when he spun and hit the barrier as he turned into the first part of Spoon, while Romain Grosjean was forced to return to the pits after going off the track at the second Degner.

Japanese Grand Prix - Practice 2 Results:
1 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m32.250s
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m32.322s 0.072s
3 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m32.573s 0.323s
4 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Renault 1m33.061s 0.811s
5 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m33.103s 0.853s
6 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m33.570s 1.320s
7 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1m33.873s 1.623s
8 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1m33.985s 1.735s
9 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1m34.028s 1.778s
10 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Ferrari 1m34.086s 1.836s
11 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m34.127s 1.877s
12 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m34.150s 1.900s
13 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 1m34.241s 1.991s
14 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso/Ferrari 1m34.305s 2.055s
15 Kevin Magnussen Renault 1m34.339s 2.089s
16 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 1m34.398s 2.148s
17 Esteban Gutierrez Haas/Ferrari 1m34.643s 2.393s
18 Jolyon Palmer Renault 1m34.760s 2.510s
19 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari 1m34.824s 2.574s
20 Pascal Wehrlein Manor/Mercedes 1m35.292s 3.042s
21 Esteban Ocon Manor/Mercedes 1m35.400s 3.150s
22 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m36.318s 4.068s

Practice 1 Results:
1 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m32.431s
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m32.646s 0.215s
3 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m33.525s 1.094s
4 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m33.817s 1.386s
5 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m34.112s 1.681s
6 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Renault 1m34.379s 1.948s
7 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1m34.530s 2.099s
8 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m34.767s 2.336s
9 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1m35.003s 2.572s
10 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1m35.381s 2.950s
11 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso/Ferrari 1m35.446s 3.015s
12 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Ferrari 1m35.672s 3.241s
13 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 1m35.677s 3.246s
14 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 1m35.688s 3.257s
15 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari 1m35.967s 3.536s
16 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m36.169s 3.738s
17 Esteban Gutierrez Haas/Ferrari 1m36.219s 3.788s
18 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m36.294s 3.863s
19 Kevin Magnussen Renault 1m36.822s 4.391s
20 Esteban Ocon Manor/Mercedes 1m37.797s 5.366s
21 Pascal Wehrlein Manor/Mercedes 1m37.966s 5.535s
22 Jolyon Palmer Renault 1m37.992s 5.561s

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