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Daniil Kvyat has ended the first day of free practice for the Japanese Grand Prix atop the timesheets after wet conditions continued to curtail significant mileage at the Suzuka circuit.

With persistent rain blighting FP1 earlier in the day, a damp surface and drizzle greeted the drivers again for this afternoon's FP2 session, only for the conditions to then worsen over the course of the 90min session.

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With the leaden skies failing to clear before the chequered flag, it was Kvyat's 1min 48.277secs lap time on intermediate rubber from earlier in the session that would see him end the day on top for Red Bull, ahead of Mercedes' Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton.

Despite the inclement weather, most drivers used the opportunity to get some worthwhile wet weather running, with Daniel Ricciardo, Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen proving particular busy en route to fourth, fifth and sixth respectively, even if all three drivers experienced off-track moments as the conditions worsened and drivers switched to full wets.

FP1 pace setter Carlos Sainz was seventh best, despite complaining of problems with his Toro Rosso, ahead of team-mate Max Verstappen, while Felipe Nasr and Pastor Maldonado rounded out the top ten.

Meanwhile, Fernando Alonso didn't make it out on track until the rain had gotten heavier after his McLaren-Honda developed problems between the practice sessions, while Valtteri Bottas opted not to go out at all since Williams are predicting dry conditions for the rest of the weekend.