Sebastian Vettel went quickest in Friday's second practice session at Suzuka

Sebastian Vettel was the fastest man in Friday practice at Suzuka, with the German leading a Red Bull Racing 1-2 on the timesheets in today’s second free practice session.

The reigning champion was the only driver to break the sub-1m34s barrier today, edging out teammate Mark Webber by 0.168 seconds in a session that saw three drivers crash out.

McLaren’s Sergio Pérez had arguably the biggest accident, with the Mexican hitting the barriers at the Spoon Curve after getting loose on a grass verge when he approached the corner. The Mexican was sent into the tyre wall, damaging the front end of his MP4-28 and putting him out for the rest of the session.

Following his early bath in the morning’s practice session – courtesy of his left-rear wheel falling off – Pastor Maldonado had another curtailed practice session when he slid his Williams into the Degner gravel trap.

Raikkonen beaches his LotusThe double-right-hander was having a magnetic attraction, with World Champions Fernando Alonso and Kimi Räikkönen both spinning off as well.

While Alonso was able to keep it out of the gravel and rejoin the circuit, the same could not be said for Räikkönen, whose Lotus was well and truly buried in the kitty litter. Despite this, he was still fourth-fastest overall!

As was the case in the opening practice session, the battle for top honours on the timing screens came down to the Red Bull Racing and Mercedes teams, although this time it was the former which emerged on top during the Medium-compound tyre running.

Nico Rosberg proved to be the closest challenger in his Mercedes, with the German placing third-quickest, ahead of teammate Lewis Hamilton, who sandwiched the Lotus pairing of Räikkönen and Romain Grosjean.

Daniel Ricciardo had another top-ten result in his Toro Rosso, this time improving to the seventh-fastest time ahead of the Ferraris of Felipe Massa and Fernando Alonso, who sandwiched Jenson Button on the timesheets.

While neither Ferrari showed great one-lap pace in this session, the team was quick to stress that – unlike its frontrunning rivals – its session was solely concentrated on high-fuel, race simulation-style running.

2013 Japanese Formula 1 Grand Prix – Free Practice 2 Session Times:

Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1. Sebastian Vettel DEU Red Bull Racing Renault RB9 1:33.852   35
2. Mark Webber AUS Red Bull Racing Renault RB9 1:34.020 + 0.168 35
3. Nico Rosberg DEU Mercedes AMG Petronas F1W04 1:34.114 + 0.262 36
4. Kimi Räikkönen FIN Lotus F1 Renault E21 1:34.202 + 0.350 17
5. Romain Grosjean FRA Lotus F1 Renault E21 1:34.411 + 0.559 30
6. Lewis Hamilton GBR Mercedes AMG Petronas F1W04 1:34.442 + 0.590 36
7. Daniel Ricciardo AUS Scuderia Toro Rosso Ferrari STR8 1:34.473 + 0.621 30
8. Felipe Massa BRA Scuderia Ferrari F138 1:34.698 + 0.846 35
9. Jenson Button GBR McLaren Mercedes MP4-28 1:34.912 + 1.060 34
10. Fernando Alonso ESP Scuderia Ferrari F138 1:35.087 + 1.235 32
11. Esteban Gutiérrez MEX Sauber Ferrari C32 1:35.089 + 1.237 36
12. Jean-Éric Vergne FRA Scuderia Toro Rosso Ferrari STR8 1:35.109 + 1.257 34
13. Nico Hülkenberg DEU Sauber Ferrari C32 1:35.182 + 1.330 34
14. Paul di Resta GBR Force India Mercedes VJM06 1:35.275 + 1.423 35
15. Adrian Sutil DEU Force India Mercedes VJM06 1:35.341 + 1.489 25
16. Sergio Pérez MEX McLaren Mercedes MP4-28 1:35.709 + 1.857 8
17. Valtteri Bottas FIN Williams Renault FW35 1:36.136 + 2.284 41
18. Pastor Maldonado VEN Williams Renault FW35 1:36.722 + 2.870 6
19. Charles Pic FRA Caterham Renault CT03 1:37.630 + 3.778 31
20. Giedo van der Garde NED Caterham Renault CT03 1:37.905 + 4.053 36
21. Max Chilton GBR Marussia Cosworth MR02 1:38.121 + 4.269 33
22. Jules Bianchi FRA Marussia Cosworth MR02 no time    

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