Hamilton fastest as Mercedes dominate Japanese GP practice

Hamilton fastest as Mercedes dominate Japanese GP practice

The German trails runaway Formula One championship leader Lewis Hamilton by 50 points with just five races left this season and his Mercedes rival rubbed salt in Vettel's wounds by dominating Friday's free practice at Suzuka.

Sebastian Vettel and Ferrari need to overturn a 50-point deficit with only five races remaining and Mercedes' early pace at Suzuka suggested the fight for supremacy this season could be about to reach a tipping point.

Toto Wolff has warned the rest of Formula One that Mercedes are yet to fully unleash star drivers Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas at the same time.

Hamilton won in Japan a year ago, while Vettel failed to finish, with Red Bull's Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo claiming second and third.

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Meanwhile, Red Bull's Max Verstappen went fourth fastest in the afternoon, more than a second off Hamilton's time with Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen fifth. "I'm having the best day!" he giggled during Practice Two.

The 5.8-km Suzuka circuit's unique figure-of-eight layout with its fast, undulating sweeps is a firm favourite with the drivers. "I am having the best day". "So I think we can focus on our work and now we try to obviously squeeze out everything that's left in the vehicle for tomorrow".

Vettel must overhaul Hamilton at a rate of 10 points per race if he is to wrestle back control of the 2018 title, but downplayed that it is a case of "now or never" in the scrap.

"I think you can always do something [unusual with strategy], the question is whether it works", he said. "But I just came here with the mindset, 'Okay I know where I want to get the auto'".

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Vettel hoped the Suzuka circuit would suit his vehicle better than the last two races in Singapore and Russian Federation to ignite his fading title hopes but on Friday's evidence the Mercedes pair will be hard to beat. "We're expecting some rain overnight and the wind looks strong tomorrow which could make things tricky for the drivers in qualifying".

Both Ferraris were suffering from blistered tyres on their long runs, and Vettel said: "We were sliding a little too much and when you slide, the temperatures go up and blistering is caused by sliding and we were probably damaging the tyres more than others".

"We need to focus on that and try to get everything out to put us in the best possible position".

"It's also going to be a lot warmer in the race, so that will be different, but at least we got enough running already in dry conditions, so it doesn't matter if it's wet tomorrow".

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