Hamilton fastest in 1st practice at US Grand Prix

Formula One- Japanese Grand Prix- Suzuka Circuit Japan

Mercedes-AMG's Nico Rosberg leads the driver's championship over teammate Lewis Hamilton heading into the US GP, while Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo occupies third in the championship. Nico Rosberg, Mercedes, 1:37.4282.

Hamilton has won three of the last four races in Austin, taking his third title at the Texan track a year ago, but he desperately needs another victory on Sunday to revive his flagging hopes of a fourth crown.

"Given the wet weather conditions here past year and the lack of reference points for each tyre compound Nico and I had to cover as much ground as possible to help with our understanding. We'll be fine tomorrow".

"In general it's been a decent start, I'm feeling OK and the balance is alright out there on one lap as well as the long runs". There's no point, that's not going to make me faster this weekend to think how am I going to feel if I lose. "We made some (braking) changes. we were struggling to finish a lap". We changed the setup during FP2 in order to improve some issues, which is why my vehicle was worked on for a while.

"Today doesn't count for anything, it's just getting to grips with the track". "I thought it could have been better, but maybe Nico and Lewis say the same". Sebastian Vettel was eighth in the second Ferrari. Kevin Magnussen was 12th ahead of Felipe Nasr's Sauber, who rounded off an impressive day with 13th.

United States team Haas opened their first home grand prix weekend with 14th and 15th places for Romain Grosjean and Esteban Gutierrez respectively. Wehrlein was playing catch-up in the afternoon after giving up his Manor to Jordan King for the morning session.

King put together a great session in the Manor at the back, beating Esteban Ocon by nearly two seconds.

Rosberg was breathing down his neck in P1, but there was a huge gulf to the third-fastest Max Verstappen with the Red Bull man trailing Hamilton by 1.9 seconds.

"The running of the vehicle was different between P1 and P2 because of the temperature; it was very cold when we ran this morning." said Rosberg "The weather also had a bearing on the balance of the auto as it altered as a outcome of the changing wind direction around the track".

"The running of the auto was different between P1 and P2 (first and second practice) because of the temperature", said Rosberg.

There was an outing for two reserve drivers, with Force India's Alfonso Celis Jr. - in for Sergio Perez - four seconds down in 17th.

McLaren duo Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso ended FP2 ahead of 10th-placed Kimi Raikkonen to round off the top 10.

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