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Mercedes plays down significance of Japanese GP FP2 one-two but encouraged by gains

George Russell and Lewis Hamilton both downplayed their pace in ranking one-two in FP2 at the Japanese Grand Prix, but both drivers were encouraged by their improvements in wet conditions. The first session also took place in the wet and ended with Russell down in 18th and Hamilton 13th, continuing a trend for Mercedes to struggle to switch on the wet and intermediate compounds. However, FP2 saw the team running more sets of new intermediates and setting the pace, with Russell fastest and believing the lessons learned will stand Mercedes in good stead for the future. “It’s probably not going to be that representative for this weekend but definitely good learning for the future,”...
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