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Lewis Hamilton set the fastest lap of second practice for the Japanese Grand Prix as Daniel Ricciardo brought out one of two red flags.

There were ominous signs as the two Mercedes cars were over a second clear of the field at Suzuka, with Hamilton beating Rosberg by just shy of a quarter of a second on the option tyre runs. Valtteri Bottas was third ahead of Jenson Button and Sebastian Vettel, with the four time world champion having to complete the majority of Red Bull's running due to a crash for his team-mate.

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Ricciardo suffered a heavy impact when he went off at the final corner. Ricciardo had backed off before starting a flying lap, but lost the rear of his car when accelerating out of the chicane and slid wide in to the tyre barrier, damaging the front left corner and ending his running after three laps.

The first crash of the day came for Kamui Kobayashi, who returned to the cockpit of his Caterham after Roberto Merhi drove in FP1. However, he managed just three laps before losing the rear of his car entering the Esses. Having tried to collect the slide, the car snapped the other way and pitched Kobayashi across the gravel and in to the tyre barrier, damaging his left rear and breaking off the front wing.

Soon after, Jean-Eric Vergne - who also handed over his car in FP1 - stopped after just two laps. His Toro Rosso had required a new power unit after Max Verstappen's failed at the end of the first session, but despite a quick turnaround a further issue stopped Vergne. Fortunately for Toro Rosso, the car could be returned to the garage and he recovered to complete 19 laps before the car again stopped exiting Spoon late in the session, again bringing out red flags.

The last driver to have an off was Esteban Gutierrez, who ran wide in to the barriers at Spoon after 40 minutes of the session having completed nine laps. Sauber later tweeted that the result is "a lot of work ahead for tomorrow".

Amid all the interruptions, the two Ferraris of Kimi Raikkonen and Fernando Alonso were sixth and seventh fastest respectively, with Kevin Magnussen eighth ahead of Daniil Kvyat and Ricciardo.


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Stuey99: The Merc dominance is wearing a little thin on me. At least they're letting their drivers race each other but usually the main race interest is who gets third. Shame.[\blockquote]
Wearing thin on a lot of people, and wether they are allowed to race each we will wait and see.[\blockquote]

As did 9 straight on me last year...