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Rain leaves Alguersuari fastest in final practice

Jaime Alguersuari posted the fastest lap of final practice for the Japanese GP but, at 24secs off usual pace, it said more about the conditions than Toro Rosso's potential.


Jaime Alguersuari was the surprise pacesetter in third and final practice for the Japanese Grand Prix, as only two cars braved the conditions long enough to set recorded times.

Heavy rain, which began with a thunderstorm on Friday evening and intensified ahead of the hour-long session, caused most of the field to either sit out the session or complete exploratory laps in an effort to ascertain the possibility of running, but only Alguersuari and Virgin's Timo Glock completed a 'flying' lap, with the Spaniard posting a 1min 55.902secs best.

That mark was fully 24 seconds slower than the best lap posted by Sebastian Vettel in Friday practice, with almost everyone reporting extreme aquaplaning during even the slowest of runs. Glock, for the record, lapped in 2min 07.497secs.

With spins littering the session, questions were raised regarding the viability of qualifying, with suggestions that, should the conditions continue to worsen, the grid be decided on Sunday morning.



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Friday Practice 2, Lewis Hamilton (GBR), McLaren  Mercedes, MP4-25
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Friday Practice 2, Jaime Alguersuari (SPA), Scuderia Toro Rosso, STR5
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27.11.2016 - Race, Carlos Sainz Jr (ESP) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR11
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27.11.2016 - Race, Start of the race, Daniil Kvyat (RUS) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR11 and Pascal Wehrlein (GER) Manor Racing MRT05
27.11.2016 - Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB12, Daniil Kvyat (RUS) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR11 and Marcus Ericsson (SUE) Sauber C34
27.11.2016 - Jenson Button (GBR)  McLaren Honda MP4-31, Carlos Sainz Jr (ESP) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR11 and Sergio Perez (MEX) Sahara Force India F1 VJM09
26.11.2016 - Qualifying, Daniil Kvyat (RUS) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR11
26.11.2016 - Qualifying, Daniil Kvyat (RUS) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR11
26.11.2016 - Qualifying, Daniil Kvyat (RUS) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR11
26.11.2016 - Qualifying, Daniil Kvyat (RUS) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR11
26.11.2016 - Qualifying, Daniil Kvyat (RUS) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR11
26.11.2016 - Free Practice 3, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid
26.11.2016 - Free Practice 3, Max Verstappen (NED) Red Bull Racing RB12

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