Formula One: Title-seeking Vettel tops second practice in Japan as Alonso struggles
SUZUKA, Japan (AFP) - Formula One championship leader Sebastian Vettel avoided a rash of spins and crashes on Friday to ominously time quickest in second practice for the Japanese Grand Prix as he hunts his fourth successive world title.
On a day of spins and frustration for many of his rivals, the German clocked 1min 33.852sec in the afternoon session, 0.168 quicker than team-mate Mark Webber, in hot conditions. Nico Rosberg clocked 1:34.114 for third.
Ferrari's Fernando Alonso, a distant second in the standings and hoping to put Vettel's celebrations on ice, was sixth fastest in the morning and only 10th in the second run, again unhappy about degrading tyres.
Sergio Perez, who suffered a hair-rising puncture at last weekend's South Korea race, skidded into a wall at high speed at the sharp "Spoon" curve, leaving his McLaren badly dented and needing to ice down his right wrist after returning to the garage.