GP Japan 2016 - result of 1st practice

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GP Japan 2016 (result 1st training)
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A m Wednesday spoke the weather forecast still has a 70 percent chance of rain for the start of training in Suzuka. Two days later there was no sign of drops or wet asphalt. Instead, it stayed dry for the entire hour and a half.

Rosberg got off to a better start

Nico Rosberg got off to the best start. The world championship leader lapped the 18 corners of the legendary track in his Mercedes in 1: 32.431 minutes. This means that in the first practice session he was already below the pole time from the previous year. This stood at 1: 32.584 minutes. Rosberg turned his fastest track on soft tires. In Suzuka it is the softest mixture that the supplier Pirelli had shipped to Japan. Otherwise, the medium set and the Hart are still available.

Teammate Lewis Hamilton lost a little more than two tenths in his fastest lap - also on soft rubbers - and finished second. The world champion lost most of his backlog in the middle sector. After his engine failure (bearing damage to the crankshaft) from Malaysia this weekend, Hamilton is driving the engine that he had already used in Singapore. Rosberg has the Malaysia engine in his W07. At the end of the session, the Mercedes driver complained about misfiring.

Both Mercedes are operated in Suzuka with more conservative settings in order to avoid further damage. Nevertheless, the competition could not keep up in the first training session. Sebastian Vettel, who has already won four times in Suzuka, finished third with a gap of 1.094 seconds from the top. However, in his fastest lap, the Heppenheimer made a small mistake in the eighth corner, which should have cost around two to three tenths.

Red Bull behind Ferrari

Like Vettel and the Mercedes Kimi Raikkonen also relied on the soft tire compound. Ferrari ordered the most soft sets for the weekend with nine sets per driver. The 2007 world champion was almost three tenths short of his teammates. Ferrari is again trying out the new parts in Japan that were screwed onto the SF16-H during training in Malaysia. They will be complemented by another upgrade.

At the beginning of the unit for aero tests, the Red Bull mechanics equipped Daniel Ricciardo's car with large measuring grids behind the front tires. The duo Ricciardo (+ 1.681 seconds) andMax Verstappen (+ 1.948 seconds) lined up behind the Mercedes and Ferrari. However, both turned their tracks on the harder medium mixture. Red Bull, which celebrated a double victory in Malaysia, should actually taste the roller coaster in Suzuka on paper. The chassis of the RB12 is considered to be the best in the field next to that of Mercedes.

Nico Hülkenberg and Sergio Perez made a good impression in the first practice session. It was enough on the medium tires for positions seven and eight. As in Monza and Malaysia, the Mexican tested the Halo cockpit protection. Perez not only did an installation lap, but also a timed orbit. It was a good 1.6 seconds slower than his fastest attempt in the session.

Alonso and Grosjean slip

Fernando Alonso placed himself in ninth place. At the beginning of the session, the Spaniard slipped in the famous spoon curve and hit the tire wall with the rear of his McLaren. However, he was able to crawl back to the garage on his own and resumed his first training after a repair break. Romain Grosjean also demolished his racing car. He fell victim to the Degner curve. The damage was limited with a broken front wing. Grosjean complained: “The brakes don't brake.” The Haas driver had problems with the brakes several times this season.

The Top10 was rounded off by Valtteri Bottas, who clocked up the most kilometers with 31 laps. Pascal Wehrlein was 21st behind Esteban Ocon. Clean seems out of reach for Manor. The Swiss troop tested a new underbody in the first session.

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