Hamilton dominates both practice sessions in Japan
Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton was comfortably quickest in both practice sessions for the Japanese Grand Prix as the Mercedes driver piled the pressure on title rival Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari yesterday.
Hamilton, fastest ahead of team-mate Valtteri Bottas in first practice, lapped the 5.8-km Suzuka circuit even quicker in the later session, posting one minute, 28.217 seconds. That was 0.833 seconds quicker than Vettel, who improved from fifth in the morning to third quickest in the second session.
A little over half an hour into the 90-minute session, he had let out a whoop of delight over the team radio: “This track is awesome, I’m having the best day.”
Hamilton, winner of five of the last six races, leads Vettel by 50 points in the standings with four races left after Japan.
Lewis Hamilton has a 50-point lead in the standings