Mercedes AMG PETRONAS F1 Team’s championship leader Nico Rosberg got his Japanese Grand Prix weekend off to an ideal start on Friday morning. The German set the fastest time of 01:32.431s ending the session just ahead of team mate Lewis Hamilton.
Scuderia Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen ended the morning as best of the rest behind the Mercedes pair in third and fourth place respectively.
Daniel Ricciardo who won last time out in Malaysia was fifth fastest for Red Bull Racing, completing 23 laps with a fastest time of 01:34.112s ending the session just ahead of team mate Max Verstappen.
Sahara Force India’s Nico Hulkenberg and Sergio Perez completed 58 laps between them and ended the session in seventh and eighth place respectively.
McLaren Honda’s Fernando Alonso was ninth fastest with a time of 01.35.003s despite clipping the barriers at Spoon corner causing damage to the right rear of his car, however the Spaniard’s mechanics were able to repair the car and send him back out.
Williams Martini Racing’s Valtteri Bottas rounded out the top ten with a fastest time of 01:35.381s.
Daniil Kvyat was 11th fastest for Toro Rosso, the Russian ended the session just ahead of his team mate Carlos Saint. McLaren Honda’s Jenson Button was 13th fastest ending the session just ahead of the Haase F1 Team’so Romain Grosjean.
Felipe Nasr was 15th for the Sauber F1 Team setting a fastest time of 01:35 967s ending the session just ahead of Williams Martini Racing’s Felipe Massa.
Esteban Gutierrez was 17th for Haase just ahead of Marcus Ericsson’s Sauber.
Kevin Magnussen was the leading Renault in 19th place just ahead of Manor Racing’s Esteban Ocon. Pascal Wehrlein was 21st with Joylon Palmer rounding out the order in22nd place for Renault.