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Formula 1: George Russell surprises alongside Hamilton as Mercedes leads free practice at Japanese GP

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George Russell and his Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton were fastest in practice at Suzuka ahead of the decisive Formula 1 Japanese Grand Prix.

English George Russell (Mercedes) dominated this Friday’s second training session. Japanese Grand Prix The 18th Formula 1 World Championship held on the wet course of Suzuka Circuit.

On this day, Spain’s Carlos Sainz (Ferrari) and Fernando Alonso (Alpine) were 6th and 7th respectively, Mexico’s Sergio Perez (Red Bull), 4th

Russell set the best time of 22 laps, covering the legendary Japanese track of 5,807 meters in 1:41.935 1/1000. That’s 235 less time than his teammate and seven-time world champion compatriot. Lewis Hamilton in the Dutch session Max Verstappen World Cup standout leaders (Red Bull) had a second chance to mathematically re-examine the title in Japan, but clocked the third time by a comma of 8.5 seconds.

The third-placed ‘Czech’ in the World Cup has 235 points – 106 points behind his Dutch team-mate and just two points behind Monaco’s Charles Leclerc (Ferrari) – with a glorious victory at the Singapore Grand Prix last Sunday. I just signed up for my 4th test time.

After 25 iterations of the legendary Japanese course, the intrepid driver from Guadalajara (Jalisco) did his best to stay almost 0.9 seconds behind Russell in an hour and a half rehearsal, 30 hours longer than usual. Purpose of testing next year’s tires: Proved impossible due to wet conditions on Japanese tracks. All finished best laps on intermediate compound.

Fifth-placed in the World Championship, Sainz scored his 14th F1 podium, having just finished third in Singapore, where he scored his second podium in the first session, and finished sixth on the timetable. The talented driver from Madrid completed his 23 laps and scored his 203 points, beating his fourth-placed Russell in the competition by one second and ten minutes.

Alonso, who set the fastest time in the morning, was seventh in the afternoon session. His two-time world champion from Asturias was one of the players with the lowest mileage in training (he managed just his 13 laps). The best lap was a second and a half behind the young Englishman’s time at Mercedes.

Free practice will conclude this Saturday, hours before qualifying. This mandates the starting line-up for Sunday’s race, which is scheduled for 53 laps, to complete his 307.4km route.

Source: Biobiochile

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