Rosberg fastest in last practice session for Japanese GP

BY foxsports • October 8, 2016

SUZUKA, Japan (AP) Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg was fastest in Saturday's pre-qualifying practice session ahead of qualifying for the Japanese Grand Prix.

The Formula One championship leader clocked a lap of 1 minute, 32.092 seconds, edging Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo by three tenths of a second.

Rosberg's teammate and title rival Lewis Hamilton didn't get in a proper flying lap on the soft tire and was an urepresentative seventh, 1.2 seconds off the pace.

Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen were third and fifth, separated by Red Bull driver Max Verstappen.

With five races remaining in the season, Rosberg holds a 23-point lead over Hamilton, who had an engine failure while leading last weekend's Malaysian Grand Prix but is chasing a hat trick of victories in Japan.

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