Motor racing: Hamilton leads Mercedes one-two in Suzuka practice
SUZUKA, Japan (REUTERS) - Lewis Hamilton led a Mercedes one-two at the top of the timesheets on Friday in practice for what could be a title-deciding Japanese Grand Prix.
Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel, who will secure his fourth successive Formula One championship if he wins on Sunday and Ferrari's Fernando Alonso fails to finish in the top eight, was third fastest.
Alonso, 77 points adrift of the German with five races remaining, was sixth in a session that saw four teams fill the top eight places in pairs - with the Mercedes duo leading the two Red Bulls, then the Ferrari and Lotus pairings.
Hamilton's best time of one minute 34.157 seconds, on a gloriously sunny day at the Honda-owned circuit overlooked by its giant Ferris wheel, was set on the hard tyre and was 0.330 quicker than Nico Rosberg's.