Lewis Hamilton set an imposing pace as Mercedes impressed in first practice at the Japanese Grand Prix.
The world championship leader was 0.446 seconds quicker than team-mate Valtteri Bottas – and 0.682secs quicker than Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo in third place.
Hamilton was using softer tyres than Bottas – but earlier in the session had been just 0.183secs slower than the Finn using tyres one step harder.
Hamilton also narrowly avoided a huge crash with Toro Rosso’s Pierre Gasly.
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Source BBC News