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Summary

  1. Kvyat fastest in wet second practice, Hamilton third
  2. Hamilton says he learned "diddly squat" from practice
  3. Verstappen escapes gravel trap
  4. Sainz fastest in wet first practice
  5. Japanese GP live across BBC TV, radio & online

Live Reporting

By Gary Rose

All times stated are UK

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Well, it was not one of the most eventful days of practice this season as rain ruled, but it certainly sets things up for a frenetic Saturday.

With dry conditions expected throughout the weekend, teams will have just one hour of final practice to get themselves set up for both qualifying, and the race.

We'll be back bright and early at 03:30 BST for final practice on Saturday. See you then.

OK, we are just about done with our coverage of today's practice for the Japanese Grand Prix. 

If you missed any of the action, here's Andrew Benson's report, while video highlights will be available online later today.

Making a McLaren...in hats

We had the rear of a McLaren...

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...and the front of a McLaren...

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...will we see the rest of the car in hat form on Saturday?

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Lewis Hamilton sums it up best when asked by Tom Clarkson what he learned today: "Have you heard of the term diddly squat? That is exactly what.

"There was not much to learn, we learned it all in the last race here when it was raining. It is irrelevant what we did today, with the weekend going to be dry."

Mercedes F1 team boss Toto Wolff: "If you don't need to test any new items on the car, there is no need to take a risk in these conditions.

"This circuit should definitely suit our car more than in Singapore but nevertheless the enemy has come alive."

Toto Wolff
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Allan McNish

BBC Radio 5 live analyst

It was changing conditions. We were expecting drier conditions after a wet first practice, but then the rain came again for second practice and it became irrelevant running with dry weather forecast for Saturday and Sunday.

Second practice result

1) Kvyat 2) Rosberg 3) Hamilton 4) Ricciardo 5) Vettel 6) Raikkonen 7) Sainz 8) Verstappen 9) Nasr 10) Maldonado

11) Hulkenberg 12) Button 13) Ericsson 14) Perez 15) Grosjean 16) Massa 17) Alonso 18) Stevens 19) Rossi

Chequered flag

Daniil Kvyat finishes fastest in second practice for the Japanese Grand Prix.

Into the final three minutes of a wet second practice and Daniil Kvyat is set to finish top of the timesheet. The conditions have meant we've not had the opportunity for a sneak peak at the pace of Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull.

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Stand down Ferrari horse hat man [see 07:12]. We have our new winners.

Sebastian Vettel and Jenson Button also head out for some late laps, or to "potter around" as Allan McNish describes it on BBC commentary. The circuit is still very wet.

Into the final 15 minutes of FP2 and Lewis Hamilton, full wet tyres bolted on, emerges on the track. Nico Rosberg soon follows suit.

LONE RANGER: Alonso has returned to the garage after completing six solo laps in the heaviest rain #JapaneseGP #FP2
LONE RANGER: Alonso has returned to the garage after completing six solo laps in the heaviest rain #JapaneseGP #FP2

LONE RANGER: Alonso has returned to the garage after completing six solo laps in the heaviest rain #JapaneseGP #FP2

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The rain is not dampening the mood of some of the fans at Suzuka today, including this chap on the left who is quite possibly winning the crazy hat stakes with this Ferrari horse face effort. It's an homage to Vettel's white helmet, which sports the head of the Prancing Horse and the stripes of the German flag.

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Fernando Alonso is out on the circuit after an engine change between practice sessions to give the McLaren fans something to cheer about. He posts a 1m57.087s with his first flyer, putting him 17th fastest.

What you may have missed

Just got up? Here's what you've missed from Suzuka so far today.

  • Daniil Kvyat currently fastest in FP2
  • Carlos Sainz fastest in a wet first practice
  • Nico Rosberg third, Lewis Hamilton fifth 
  • Drivers cautious because of the conditions
  • A couple of drivers running off the track in the wet
  • Some fans falling asleep in the stands

The rain is coming down harder now and Marcus Ericsson has a moment at the second corner, losing the back of his Sauber. After a 1:55.658, a time four seconds slower than his best of the session, he heads back in.

Thirty minutes left.

Marcus Ericsson, with full wet tyres on his Sauber, heads back out to break the silence.

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It is all quiet on the circuit as the drivers head into the pits. It hasn't been the most exciting of days for the fans in the stands...

"I cannot see anything with this spray," says Carlos Sainz over team radio.

"OK Carlos, box this lap," is the reply.

A frustrating day of practice so far, with little to be learned with dry conditions forecast for much of the weekend.

Carlos Sainz driving in the rain
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Sebastian Vettel
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"OK there is quite a lot more rain now," says Sebastian Vettel as he briefly pops his hand out of the cockpit. Waving to fans or checking the rain?

He goes on to clock a 1:50.268, the fifth fastest time so far.

Daniil Kvyat is back into P1 with a 1:48.227, just 0.023s quicker than Nico Rosberg.

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Waterproof ponchos aplenty in the stands as the rain starts to get a little heavier. The changing conditions are having an impact on the track too, as Max Verstappen finds himself briefly off the track again, this time at the hairpin.

Eighteen of the 20 drivers have completed at least one timed lap now, just waiting for appearances from Valtteri Bottas and Fernando Alonso.

Missing screw located, Max Verstappen is back out on the circuit but looks to tackle the final chicane with too much speed and runs wide. 

"Massive understeer," he complains over team radio.

Max Verstappen driving into the gravel
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Bleary eyed and scraggy tailed but I am awake and looking forward to the #JapaneseGP #bbcf1 #realfanswatchpractice #whoneedssleep

Just under one hour to go and Nico Rosberg tops the timesheet ahead of Lewis Hamilton, Daniel Ricciardo, Daniil Kvyat and Sebastian Vettel.

Nico Rosberg driving in the rain
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SAUBER: "OK, Marcus, we're expecting more rain in ten minutes" #JapaneseGP #FP2

SAUBER: "OK, Marcus, we're expecting more rain in ten minutes" #JapaneseGP #FP2

As well as Fernando Alonso, Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas are yet to make an appearance on the circuit in this session.

Rain returning?

A run on Inters for @JensonButton. Looks like the rain might be returning... #JapaneseGP

A run on Inters for @JensonButton. Looks like the rain might be returning... #JapaneseGP

Jennie Gow

BBC Radio 5 live pit-lane reporter

"Unfortunately McLaren have found some anomalies in the engine and power unit at the end of FP1 in Alonso's car and in the break between sessions they have done an engine change, it is back to another one, it is not using a new one and they hope to get him out in the next 20 minutes or so."