Hamilton fastest in Japanese GP practice

Hamilton fastest in Japanese GP practice

In the hope of closing the gap to Lewis Hamilton, Sebastian Vettel has vowed to go aggressive with his race strategy at the Japanese Grand Prix, but says Ferrari will stop short of employing silly tactics to try to win.

The runaway championship leader stretched his advantage to Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel to 50 points with just five races left this season after Mercedes ordered Valtteri Bottas to allow Hamilton to pass, sacrificing a rare victory for the Finn.

Asked if Ferrari will continue its aggressive approach this weekend, having been left 0.8s adrift of Lewis Hamilton in this afternoon's session, and the Briton showing better pace on the softs than he and his teammate on the supersofts, Vettel replied: "I think you can always do something, the question is whether it works".

Although Hamilton had Mercedes to thank for his 70th career win in Russian Federation last Sunday - after they controversially used team orders to usher aside Valtteri Bottas - he has been in electric form following the summer break.

Title rivals Ferrari, who used the faster super soft compound compared to Hamilton supposedly slower soft compound were nearly a second back in fourth and fifth. "I'm having the best day!" he giggled during Practice Two. It is a position the German team have enjoyed for most of the season yet once again they are taking nothing for granted.

The 5.8-km Suzuka circuit's unique figure-of-eight layout with its fast, undulating sweeps is a firm favourite with the drivers. "But overall I think it has been okay". "I think we know what the vehicle can do".

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"We have never seen the real performance", he said.

Its situation appears far from ideal, however, with both Vettel and Raikkonen suffering blisters during their long runs on Friday afternoon.

"I've just been giving thanks all day today because this is what I've always wanted to do". "We're expecting some rain overnight and the wind looks strong tomorrow which could make things tricky for the drivers in qualifying".

One man unlikely to be revelling in Hamilton's fine form is Vettel, who heads into the race with the title battle out of his hands for the first time this year. "You gain back some years of your life the quicker you get it done, too". "If we can grasp pole, great, but if not we need to be right behind".

"It has been a clean Friday".

"We are working so hard to fine-tuning this vehicle, which we are becoming accustomed to now and as I said I'm loving driving more than ever".

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