2012 JAPANESE GP: FRIDAY RESULTS

FIRST FREE PRACTICE

Jenson Button led a McLaren one-two as he set the pace in the opening practice session for the Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka ahead of Lewis Hamilton. Under bright sunshine on a dry track, albeit one that was slow to grip up, the Woking team dominated proceedings in the first 90 minutes. Only Red Bull's Mark Webber looked anywhere near close to the two British drivers in terms of pace.
Pos     Driver               Team          Time       Gap    Laps
 1.  Jenson Button         McLaren        1:34.507            20
 2.  Lewis Hamilton        McLaren        1:34.740  + 0.233   26
 3.  Mark Webber           Red Bull       1:34.856  + 0.349   24
 4.  Nico Rosberg          Mercedes AMG   1:35.059  + 0.552   18
 5.  Michael Schumacher    Mercedes AMG   1:35.112  + 0.615   20
 6.  Kamui Kobayashi       Sauber         1:35.199  + 0.692   27
 7.  Felipe Massa          Ferrari        1:35.283  + 0.776   24
 8.  Paul di Resta         Force India    1:35.299  + 0.792   18
 9.  Nico Hulkenberg       Force India    1:35.474  + 0.967   22
10.  Pastor Maldonado      Williams       1:35.478  + 0.971   24
11.  Fernando Alonso       Ferrari        1:35.484  + 0.977   26
12.  Sergio Perez          Sauber         1:35.584  + 1.077   24
13.  Kimi Raikkonen        Lotus          1:35.691  + 1.184   22
14.  Romain Grosjean       Lotus          1:35.724  + 1.217   21
15.  Daniel Ricciardo      Toro Rosso     1:36.123  + 1.616   19
16.  Jean-Eric Vergne      Toro Rosso     1:36.222  + 1.715   25
17.  Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull       1:36.366  + 1.859   23
18.  Valterri Bottas       Williams       1:36.389  + 1.882   24
19.  Timo Glock            Marussia       1:37.716  + 3.209   17
20.  Vitaly Petrov         Caterham       1:38.295  + 3.788   23
21.  Charles Pic           Marussia       1:38.616  + 4.109   25
22.  Narain Karthikeyan    HRT            1:39.043  + 4.536   25
23.  Giedo van der Garde   Caterham       1:39.374  + 4.867   22
24.  Pedro de la Rosa      HRT            1:39.688  + 5.181   19
SECOND FREE PRACTICE

The stage is set for another Red Bull/McLaren showdown in Japan, as Mark Webber beat Lewis Hamilton to the fastest time in the second free practice session at Suzuka on Friday. Webber's best time of 1m32.493s lap was 0.214s faster than Hamilton could manage, with the Mercedes-bound Briton sandwiched between the two Red Bulls. Sebastian Vettel was third, a further tenth back. Nico Hulkenberg impressed once again for Force India, going fourth fastest, ahead of world championship leader Fernando Alonso and Romain Grosjean.
Pos    Driver                Team          Time       Gap    Laps
 1.  Mark Webber           Red Bull       1:32.493            34
 2.  Lewis Hamilton        McLaren        1:32.707  + 0.214   32
 3.  Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull       1:32.836  + 0.343   37
 4.  Nico Hulkenberg       Force India    1:32.987  + 0.494   30
 5.  Fernando Alonso       Ferrari        1:33.093  + 0.600   28
 6.  Romain Grosjean       Lotus          1:33.107  + 0.614   35
 7.  Jenson Button         McLaren        1:33.349  + 0.856   22
 8.  Bruno Senna           Williams       1:33.499  + 1.006   35
 9.  Felipe Massa          Ferrari        1:33.614  + 1.121   32
10.  Michael Schumacher    Mercedes AMG   1:33.750  + 1.257   13
11.  Nico Rosberg          Mercedes AMG   1:33.866  + 1.373   19
12.  Sergio Perez          Sauber         1:33.903  + 1.410   36
13.  Kamui Kobayashi       Sauber         1:33.983  + 1.490   33
14.  Kimi Raikkonen        Lotus          1:34.291  + 1.798   12
15.  Pastor Maldonado      Williams       1:34.300  + 1.807   33
16.  Daniel Ricciardo      Toro Rosso     1:34.863  + 2.370   32
17.  Jean-Eric Vergne      Toro Rosso     1:35.080  + 2.587   34
18.  Heikki Kovalainen     Caterham       1:35.711  + 3.218   41
19.  Vitaly Petrov         Caterham       1:35.870  + 3.377   37
20.  Timo Glock            Marussia       1:36.194  + 3.701   32
21.  Charles Pic           Marussia       1:36.636  + 4.143   28
22.  Pedro de la Rosa      HRT            1:37.342  + 4.849   30
23.  Narain Karthikeyan    HRT            1:37.701  + 5.208   35
24.  Paul di Resta         Force India    No time              2