Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari, Suzuka, 2017

Only five drivers set times in wet second session

2017 Japanese Grand Prix second practice

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Lewis Hamilton was fastest in the second practice session at Suzuka but he was one of only five drivers to set times during a very wet session.

Pierre Gasly, Toro Rosso, Suzuka, 2017
Japanese GP practice in pictures
The world championship leader set a best time of 1’48.719 using full wet weather tyres on a very wet circuit. The pit lane did not open until halfway through the allotted 90 minutes of running due to the amount of standing water on the circuit. The rain later eased, allowing some drivers to set times, but returned before the chequered flag fell.

Williams and Force India were the only other team to send either of their cars out. Lance Stroll set a time despite running off the track at turn one after hitting a deep patch of water.

Nine other drivers performed installation laps but Red Bull and Haas did not send either of their drivers out and Pierre Gasly and Valtteri Bottas also spent the session in the pits.

Pos.No.DriverCarBest lapGapLaps
144Lewis HamiltonMercedes1’48.7194
231Esteban OconForce India-Mercedes1’49.5180.7993
311Sergio PerezForce India-Mercedes1’51.3452.6263
419Felipe MassaWilliams-Mercedes1’52.1463.4273
518Lance StrollWilliams-Mercedes1’52.3433.6244
67Kimi RaikkonenFerrari
727Nico HulkenbergRenault
830Jolyon PalmerRenault
99Marcus EricssonSauber-Ferrari
105Sebastian VettelFerrari
1114Fernando AlonsoMcLaren-Honda
1294Pascal WehrleinSauber-Ferrari
1355Carlos Sainz JnrToro Rosso-Renault
142Stoffel VandoorneMcLaren-Honda
153Daniel RicciardoRed Bull-TAG Heuer
168Romain GrosjeanHaas-Ferrari
1710Pierre GaslyToro Rosso-Renault
1820Kevin MagnussenHaas-Ferrari
1933Max VerstappenRed Bull-TAG Heuer
2077Valtteri BottasMercedes

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5 comments on “Only five drivers set times in wet second session”

  1. Hans (@hanswesterbeek)
    6th October 2017, 8:04

    Good luck writing your (usually excellent) analysis, @keithcollantine :-)

  2. Must have been a fun session.

    Hamilton decent in the wet. I predict business as usual. Ham or Vet, 1st or 2nd.

    1. Or Max or Dan or even KR.

  3. I feel for the fans. Only 5 cars on the track.

  4. Props to Lewis for having the balls to go out and at least make an attempt when if he binned it he arguably has the most to lose.

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