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Hamilton tops rain-soaked P2

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Practice Two at the Japanese GP was a near total washout as only five drivers posted a time in the treacherous conditions, with Lewis Hamilton setting the pace.

A torrential downpour in between Friday's practice sessions meant running was extremely limited as rivers formed on track, with P2 cut to just 45 minutes in the wet weather.

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Fourteen drivers ventured out of the sodden pits for installation laps but only five posted times, with Hamilton topping the timesheets with a 1:48.719 on the full wet tyres.

In fact, Hamilton was the only driver from Mercedes, Ferrari or Red Bull to set a time in the session.

And the rain could also play havoc with teams' setup for the weekend, with more showers expected for Saturday's final practice session. Qualifying and the race are expected to be mainly dry, however.

In the more suitable conditions in Practice One, Sebastian Vettel - a four-time winner at Suzuka - was fastest for Ferrari, though championship rival Hamitlon was just 0.2s behind as Mercedes improved on their Malaysia GP pace.

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