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Free Practice 2 results - Japanese Grand Prix 2016 - Ricciardo halted by Gutiérrez's virtual safety car

Daniel Ricciardo held up during final practice
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Rosberg was the fastest driver on the Suzuka track for the second session in a row, but Hamilton managed to close the gap to his teammate to just seven hundredths of a second. There was a worrying moment for Nico when smoke was seen issuing from the rear of the Mercedes as he waited at the end of the pit lane for a practice start, but it all amounted to nothing.

Max Verstappen split the Ferrari drivers up top, whilst Daniel Ricciardo settled down in twelfth having had his flying lap ruined by a virtual safety car. That was brought about by Esteban Gutiérrez who parked up at the side of the track with a turbo problem, finishing off a difficult day for Haas.

1Nico RosbergMercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team1:32.25035
2Lewis HamiltonMercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team1:32.32235
3Kimi RäikkönenScuderia Ferrari1:32.57326
4Max VerstappenRed Bull Racing1:33.06129
5Sebastian VettelScuderia Ferrari1:33.10334
6Sergio PérezSahara Force India F1 Team1:33.57037
7Nico HülkenbergSahara Force India F1 Team1:33.87335
8Fernando AlonsoMcLaren Honda1:33.98537
9Valtteri BottasWilliams Martini Racing1:34.02833
10Carlos Sainz JrScuderia Toro Rosso1:34.08633
11Felipe MassaWilliams Martini Racing1:34.12733
12Daniel RicciardoRed Bull Racing1:34.15029
13Romain GrosjeanHaas F1 Team1:34.24133
14Daniil KvyatScuderia Toro Rosso1:34.30527
15Kevin MagnussenRenault Sport F1 Team1:34.33936
16Jenson ButtonMcLaren Honda1:34.39829
17Esteban GutiérrezHaas F1 Team1:34.64311
18Jolyon PalmerRenault Sport F1 Team1:34.76040
19Felipe NasrSauber F1 Team1:34.82426
20Pascal WehrleinManor Racing MRT1:35.29230
21Esteban OconManor Racing MRT1:35.40037
22Marcus EricssonSauber F1 Team1:36.31826