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Mercedes and Red Bull top the times for Japan practice // It's the usual suspects on top, as drivers struggle to stay on track

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Mercedes and Red Bull top the times for Japan practice
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With a great turnout of fans cheering everyone along, the drivers took to the Suzuka circuit for first practice ahead of the Japanese Grand Prix this weekend. Half an hour in, Jules Bianchi got on the kerbs and smashed his Marussia into the wall.

Giedo van der Garde also went off at the same place but managed to avoid the barriers. Pastor Maldonado ran wide, and found his left rear wheel just came off. After all that, it was Lewis Hamilton, Nico Rosberg and Sebastian Vettel at the top of the times.

There were a lot of drivers running off track during second practice, but the most concerning was Sergio Pérez who had a heavy impact into the wall after losing control at high speed.

He was okay, and not alone - as Kimi Räikkönen also spun off into the gravel, Pastor Maldonado ended in the barriers, and Fernando Alonso spent some time facing the wrong way as well. At the end of the session, Sebastian Vettel was fastest ahead of Mark Webber and Nico Rosberg.