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Summary

  1. Hamilton fastest, Rosberg 2nd, Bottas 3rd
  2. Kobayashi, Ricciardo, Gutierrez out following crashes
  3. Button 4th, Vettel 5th, Raikkonen 6th
  4. Hamilton holds big slide
  5. Vergne stops twice on track with car problems
  6. Rosberg fastest in first session, Hamilton 2nd
  7. 17-year-old Max Verstappen becomes youngest driver before engine fails
  8. Typhoon threatens Sunday's race

Live Reporting

By Lawrence Barretto

All times stated are UK

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Lewis Hamilton finished on top of the pile but it was 17-year-old Max Verstappen who stole the headlines with an impressive performance on his grand prix weekend debut. The Dutchman will be back in the car in two races' time in Austin, Texas.

For now, the focus will switch back to the title battle between the two Mercedes drivers and the debate as to whether the race will move because of the heavy rain which is forecast.

Until tomorrow, it's good morning from me.

It's another early start if you want to watch the next session with final practice kicking off at 03:00 BST.

Qualifying follows at 06:00, with the build-up show starting at 05:00 on BBC One.

For those who can't face an early start on a Saturday morning, you can catch the repeat on 13:00 on BBC One.

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Andrew Benson's second practice report. Stay tuned for video highlights plus all the news and analysis from the Suzuka paddock online and via @bbcf1.

And don't forget Lewis Hamilton's latest column which talks about his love for Japan, determination to win at Suzuka and the title battle. Find it on the F1 pages.

Ferrari's Fernando Alonso: FP2. Keep pushing! Dry or wet on Sunday? Any guess?

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It's not often that you see a Red Bull in this state. But that's what the reigning world champions have to deal with after Daniel Ricciardo made a very uncharacteristic mistake.

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Kayleigh Gray: Rather exciting session. Good result for Bottas and Jenson Button.

Jonathan Hutchinson: Really hope #typhoonphanfone doesn't affect race other than SOME (not lots) of rain. Think we're in for a cracking race.

Andrew Priestley: Hope this expected typhoon doesn't materialise on Sunday, but a bit of rain would certainly suit Hamilton more than it would Rosberg.

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BBC F1 pit-lane reporter Tom Clarkson reports that Fernando Alonso will not take an engine penalty for changing the control electronics on his car because the parts used are within his allocation.

Second practice results

1) Lewis Hamilton 2) Nico Rosberg 3) Valtteri Bottas 4) Jenson Button 5) Sebastian Vettel 6) Kimi Raikkonen 7) Fernando Alonso 8) Kevin Magnussen 9) Daniil Kvyat 10) Daniel Ricciardo 11) Jean-Eric Vergne

12) Nico Hulkenberg 13) Romain Grosjean 14) Felipe Massa 15) Sergio Perez 16) Pastor Maldonado 17) Adrian Sutil 18) Esteban Gutierrez 19) Marcus Ericsson 20) Jules Bianchi 21) Max Chilton 22) Kamui Kobayashi

Chequered flag

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Race control say the session will not be restarted which means Lewis Hamilton finishes fastest in second practice for the Japanese Grand Prix.

It looks like this session is going to finish under red flag conditions.

RED FLAG

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There is smoke oozing out of the rear of Jean-Eric Vergne's Toro Rosso. It's been a miserable day for the Frenchman who now pulls to the side of the track, bringing out the red flag.

Team radio

Nico Rosberg's race engineer: "Rain looks like it is holding off a bit Nico so you've got enough time for six more timed laps."

Four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel, who has won at Suzuka in four of the last five years, gets out of shape at Spoon corner, running wide onto the artificial grass before rejoining.

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Britain's 1992 world champion Nigel Mansell, who crashed heavily at Suzuka's S Curves in 1987, is having a snoop down at Williams.

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Kevin Magnussen's race engineer tells his charge that they expect the rain to get heavier but that he should stay out while they are still able to learn something.

Sergio Perez reports that it's drizzling at Turn 11. The rain is not ideal as it will disrupt the team's race simulations.

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William A: Good to see drivers getting punished (for mistakes) in #f1 for a change. Got to keep these classic circuits classic!

Janine Pingree: I hope my all time fave Japanese driver Ukyo Katayama makes an appearance this weekend. Miss his smiley face.

Umbrellas are starting to pop up around Suzuka...

Ferrari are busy fitting a new rear wing to Kimi Raikkonen's car. The Finn is currently one tenth quicker than his double world champion team-mate Fernando Alonso.

Lewis Hamilton leads the way with a time of 1:35.078, 0.240 seconds clear of Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg.

Here's the top 10 as it stands with just over 20 minutes to go: 1) Ham 2) Ros 3) Bot 4) But 5) Vet 6) Rai 7) Alo 8) Mag 9) Kvy 10) Ric

Jean-Eric Vergne's race engineer reports that the team are expecting rain in the next five minutes. Drivers are currently working on long runs in order to gather data for Sunday's race.

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This marshal has a cool £150,000's worth of F1 memorabilia in his hands. Though after that crash, it's probably worth a bit less.

"I was enjoying it a lot - that was the main thing," says a very cool and calm Max Verstappen, 17, who became the youngest driver to take part in a grand prix weekend when he took part in first practice. "I think in the end, I did quite a good job."

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Ben: I really am not enjoying this radio silence. It used to be so fascinating to hear the engineers talking to the cars. Bad move.

Will Wren: Can they give this advice - Don't crash the car?

BBC F1 pit-lane reporter Tom Clarkson reports that Felipe Massa is complaining about understeer on both tyre compounds. The Brazilian is currently 13th, while his Williams team-mate is up in third.

Sergio Perez is the only driver who has yet to complete a lap time. The Mexican's Force India is stuck in gear and the team are still working on resolving the issue.

The artificial grass down at Spoon, which has been spray painted bright green, needs attending to after McLaren's Kevin Magnussen rips off a sheet after running wide.

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There are some ugly looking clouds on the horizon, but for now it remains dry and bright at Suzuka.

Mercedes: A little drift and lift there from @LewisHamilton *Nothing to see here*

Nico Rosberg locks up at the chicane again. The German crosses the line second quickest, just over two tenths off the pace.

Lewis Hamilton improves to a 1:35.078 on the medium tyres, the Mercedes driver holding a 1.2-second advantage over Valtteri Bottas in the Williams.

Lotus: Awesome drifting demo by @LewisHamilton there. What are you testing out @MERCEDESAMGF1?

Team radio

Lewis Hamilton: "How was that first sector?" His engineer replies: "Unfortunately I can't say, Lewis".

Why? Because of F1's new rules on driver coaching over team radio.

Heart-in-mouth moment for Lewis Hamilton, who catches a huge tankslapper moment after running wide onto the kerbs at Degner. Super save.

Good work from Toro Rosso who look to have resolved the issue on Jean-Eric Vergne. The Frenchman is back in his car and preparing to head back out on track.

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Viv Pike: If ANY manufacturer makes a return to #F1 it should be #BMWMotorSport even if just to show #Mercedes who is boss :)

Shaun Botterill: Wing mirrors - with the tech available they could install a camera and in place of the mirror screens could be fitted = less crashes

Kimi Raikkonen goes second, one second off the pace set by Lewis Hamilton. Still 46 minutes to go.

1) Ham 2) Rai 3) Ros 4) Ric 5) Mag 6) Bot 7) Vet 8) Gro 9) Kvy 10) Mas

Replays show that Gutierrez, who was on the medium 'option' tyres lost the rear end going into Spoon and hit the barriers sideways.

Crash!

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Another bites the dust. This time, it's Esteban Gutierrez who has ended up in the barriers down at Spoon corner. Sauber have had 12 retirements this season and have yet to score a point.

Lewis Hamilton goes quickest with a 1:35.432, 1.4 seconds faster than his Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg. However, replays show Rosberg locked up at the final chicane, which explains some of that deficit.