Max Verstappen once again topped the timesheets in FP2 at the Japanese Grand Prix, before a red flag ended the session early after Pierre Gasly crashed into the barriers.
The largely incident-free session, which was the first real indication as to where each team is at this weekend, was dominated by Verstappen who managed to finish 0.320 seconds ahead of second-placed Charles Leclerc.
Having been supremely quick last weekend in their challenge for both pole position and the race win, Mercedes are once again showing their inconsistencies, with their car clearly off the pace at Suzuka.
They finished 13th and 16th in FP1 and, although a good lap from Russell put him in the top five, Hamilton found himself down in 14th.
Japanese Grand Prix FP2 practice results - Friday September 22
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