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Free Practice 1 results - Japanese Grand Prix 2017 // Sainz crash halts practice before rain kicks in

Sainz crash halts practice before rain kicks in
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Sebastian Vettel set the pace in the first Suzuka session, but it was a practice interrupted midway through by Carlos Sainz. The Toro Rosso driver, already facing a 20 place engine related grid drop, crashed heavily and brought out the red flags. When the action got going again, there were just twenty minutes left on the clock.

Bottas continued in his lonely fifth place, but had a huge wobble during one of his laps, as did Max Verstappen in the Red Bull. Kevin Magnussen had water pressure issues on his Haas but eventually got going, while new boy Pierre Gasly tested the halo in the early part of the session.

PositionDriverTeamTimeLaps
1Sebastian VettelScuderia Ferrari1:29.16623
2Lewis HamiltonMercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport1:29.37729
3Daniel RicciardoRed Bull Racing1:29.54127
4Kimi RäikkönenScuderia Ferrari1:29.63822
5Valtteri BottasMercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport1:30.15130
6Max VerstappenRed Bull Racing1:30.76226
7Esteban OconSahara Force India F1 Team1:30.89922
8Nico HülkenbergRenault Sport F1 Team1:30.97424
9Romain GrosjeanHaas F1 Team1:31.03222
10Stoffel VandoorneMcLaren Honda1:31.20224
11Kevin MagnussenHaas F1 Team1:31.21615
12Fernando AlonsoMcLaren Honda1:31.23519
13Sergio PérezSahara Force India F1 Team1:31.53023
14Lance StrollWilliams Martini Racing1:31.60222
15Jolyon PalmerRenault Sport F1 Team1:31.75722
16Felipe MassaWilliams Martini Racing1:31.91220
17Carlos Sainz JrScuderia Toro Rosso1:32.25214
18Pierre GaslyScuderia Toro Rosso1:32.50118
19Pascal WehrleinSauber F1 Team1:32.89729
20Marcus EricssonSauber F1 Team1:33.39728