Lewis Hamilton was in scintillating form as Mercedes dominated Friday practice at the Japanese Grand Prix.
He was 0.833 seconds clear of title rival Sebastian Vettel’s Ferrari, and 0.461secs faster than team-mate Valtteri Bottas at the Suzuka track.
Hamilton was even faster on the ‘soft’ tyre, the middle compound this weekend, than Vettel was on the fastest ‘super-soft’.
The Briton also narrowly avoided a huge crash in first practice.
Frenchman Pierre Gasly was driving his Toro Rosso slowly on the racing line at the chicane and Hamilton had to take avoiding action and run into the escape road as he closed in at a frightening speed.
The two drivers were summoned to see the stewards to discuss the incident, where officials handed Gasly a reprimand. READ MORE
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