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Last Updated at 21:03
09 Oct 08:18 Kimi in P5 but also stuck in traffic.
09 Oct 08:18 Tight battle for P2 with Max and Lewis.
09 Oct 08:16 Lp 44/53 and no retirements yet so far. This might be the 2nd time this year for an all-car finish.
09 Oct 08:15 Rosberg told the tyres are dropping to the "bottom of the window". Commentators reckon they're referring to the temps.
09 Oct 08:06 Battle for 3rd with Hamilton and Vettel. They both want to make podium very badly.
09 Oct 07:53 Vettel very upset about traffic on the radio.
09 Oct 07:48 Alonso told to push ow, but asks "with which tyres must I push?"
09 Oct 07:26 Side by side tussle. Hamilton gets back out of the pits ahead of the Ferrari boys.
09 Oct 07:20 Ricciardo pits.
09 Oct 07:18 Lewis told on radio some of the cars ahead are battling a bit, told to look after the tyres but things "are looking up". Let's hope his skills can shine through.
09 Oct 07:16 Max starting to struggle a bit.
09 Oct 07:08 Lewis says 'sorry guys' on the radio. Engineer: 'No stress'.
09 Oct 07:05 Total bog from Lewis now in P8, Verstappen in P2 chasing Nico. Perez in P3. Hulkenburg slides... Vettel sweeps pass Ricciardo for P4.
09 Oct 07:04 Rsberg leads, Hamilton has a terrible start....
09 Oct 07:04 Off we go!!!!
09 Oct 07:00 Off we go in the formation lap.
09 Oct 06:55 Grid shuffle, the Ferrari boys move further down the grid and Button starts right at the back. 
08 Oct 09:01 Rosberg takes a hat-trick of poles!
15:40 Join us again in two weeks time for the American Grand Prix!
15:34 All 22 cars have finished the race! No retirements today.
15:31 Verstappen secures second and Hamilton comes in third!
Lap 53 Final lap now and Rosberg is still in the lead!
Lap 52 Hamilton has a go! Verstappen defends well and Hamilton bails into the escape road! That was probably his last chance.
Lap 51 Good effort from Hamilton here though to come back after dropping down the grid.
Lap 50 Hamilton eases up on Verstappen! The top three looks set now with four laps remaining.
Lap 49 Hamilton still hasn't made his move on Verstappen yet.
Lap 48 Mercedes tells Rosberg: "The gap to Verstappen is five seconds, he's pushing quite hard because he's fighting Lewis, so just be aware."
Lap 47 "Come on, move out of the way, they are slowing me down," - Raikkonen said.
Lap 46 Rosberg must be loving the battle for P2, just makes it easier for him at the front.
Lap 45 Verstappen, though, won't give up his P2 easily.
Lap 44 Hamilton just under two seconds behind Verstappen!
Lap 43 Vettel slipping away from Hamilton now...
Lap 42 Update on the grid: 1 Rosberg; 2 Verstappen; 3 Hamilton; 4 Vettel; 5 Raikkonen; 6 Ricciardo; 7 Perez; 8 Hulkenberg; 9 Massa; 10 Bottas; 11 Grosjean; 12 Palmer; 13 Kvyat; 14 Magnussen; 15 Ericsson; 16 Alonso; 17 Sainz; 18 Button; 19 Nasr; 20 Gutierrez; 21 Ocon; 22 Wehrlein.
Lap 41 With just over 10 laps to go, Hamilton is cutting into both Verstappen and Rosberg's time!
Lap 40 Blue flags are called for by the race leaders!
Lap 39 Hamilton now catching up to Verstappen...
Lap 38 Verstappen still in touch with Rosberg...
Lap 37 Vettel needs to make quick work of Hamilton here if he is to capitalise on the softs.
Lap 36 Hamilton on course for a podium here if he can keep Vettel behind him!
Lap 35 Vettel goes onto the softs! Ferrari taking a huge risk here.
Lap 34 Hamilton pulls in as well and puts on another pair of hards.
Lap 33 Ricciardo also has a slow pits, the Aussie won't be pleased.
Lap 32 Whoops! Grosjean suffers a blunder in th pits. Delayed stop by Haas.
Lap 31 Vettel furious over one of the Manor cars after losing a second!
Lap 30 Rosberg pulls into the pits and comes out ahead of Verstappen!
Lap 29 Raikkonen sets fastest lap on hards!
Lap 28 Verstappen pulls in for another set of hards! Let's if their undercut works now on Rosberg.
Lap 27 Alonso refuses to let Sainz through and pushes him off the track.
Lap 26 Raikkonen moves into the pits for another set of hards! Probably going to the end of the race with these now.
Lap 25 Williams make their move as Felipe Massa finally pulls into the pits after 25 laps on mediums.
Lap 24 Verstappen still has Rosberg in his sights! Just a four second gap.
Lap 24 Verstappen still has Rosberg in his sights! Just a four second gap.
Lap 23 Hamilton now gaining a little bit time on Vettel on each lap.
Lap 22 Vettel staying in touch with the leaders, he could use this bit of confidence.
Lap 21 What a move by Hulknebrg on Bottas!
Lap 21 Spin! Gutierrez spins on the chicane.
Lap 20 At McLaren-Honda's home race, Button and Alonso are battling at the back.
Lap 19 Vettel continues to cut into Verstappen's lead oer him! How long can the youngster last for?
Lap 17 Hamilton then overtakes Bottas, which Ricciardo does as well, only Kimi left now to complete the move.
Lap 17 Lewis gets his man and passes Ricciardo.
Lap 16 Ricciardo keeping Hamilton behind him very well! The Brit is getting frustrated.
Lap 15 Drivers that havent pitted yet are on the mediums and hards.
Lap 14 After the flurry of pitstops, drivers switched from softs to hards, including race leader Rosberg.
Lap 14 Hamilton pits and rejoins infront of Raikkonen and Perez!
Lap 14 Palmer and Perez battling it out there, wheel to wheel, great viewing!
Lap 13 Hamilton is now leading the race but has not stopped yet.
Lap 12 Rosberg also pulls in now from the lead, while Verstappen sets fastest first sector.
Lap 12 Red Bull do a double stop! Verstappen and Ricciardo pull in.
Lap 11 Battle for fourth heating up, top drivers involved in that battle: Perez, Ricciardo, Raikkonen and Hamilton.
Lap 10 While Verstappen fails to keep up with Rosberg, Vettel eats into his lap time and gets closer to him.
Lap 9 Rosberg opening up the gap now, Verstappen dropping away slowly.
Lap 8 Verstappen talking about his first stop on the radio already! He wants new front tyres. Raikkonen runs wide but recovers.
Lap 7 Raikkonen completed a wonderful move on Hulkenberg in lap 6 and is now running P6. Hamilton will have a crack at him now.
Lap 6 No sign of rain yet...
Lap 6 Both Haas cars still running in the top ten after they had such a good qualy day yesterday.
Lap 4 Hamilton is 9 seconds behind Rosberg.
Lap 3 Rosberg has opened a two second lead now on Verstappen.
Lap 3 Vettel eats Perez comfortably on the outside for P3!
Lap 2 Hamilton all the way down to P8! We're in for an interesting afternoon
Lap 1 Ricciardo drops! Perez now running P3 while Vettel does the same and goes P4.
START GREEN LIGHT! Rosberg pulls away while Hamilton drops all the way back! Verstappen slices the two Mercs and gets P2! Ricciardo follows him!
13:59 They're back and ready for the start.
13:58 Nico Rosberg leads the formation lap...
13:55 Drivers have lined up their cars, time to get into race mode.
13:50 Japan loves a good F1 race....fans are buzzing!
13:45 The Japanese national is being sung now, we should be underway soon then!
13:40 Hamilton is chasing a 23-point deficit. With just four races left, can he catch Rosberg?
13:35 The updated grid sees Max Verstappen slot into P3 and Ricciardo P4, Red Bull will up for the challenge against Mercedes at the start
13:30 Also, in case you missed, Button suffered a 35-place penalty grid, while Raikkonen was hit with five-places.
13:26 In other news, Vettel's parade car has broken dowm, a sign of things to come perhaps?
13:22 Hamilton was checking out his grid spot earlier, apparently it is wet on that side of the grid - the other side is dry.
13:19 Overall, though, F1 legend Michael Schumacher loved the track, claiming six victories in total.
13:15 Currently on the grid, Sebastian Vettel is the most succesful driver on this 53 lap circuit, racking up four victories between 2009 and 2013.
13:10 Lewis Hamilton will be hoping he can make it a hat-trick of victories in Japan, but Nico Rosberg's scintillating form will be a huge worry for him.
13:05 Nico Rosbergs run of P1s continued in qualifying for the Japanese Grand Prix where he took pole position by 0.013s ahead of Lewis Hamilton.
13:00 Welcome to the Suzuka Circuit for round 17 of the 2016 Formula 1 season!
16:00 What a qualy! Should be a fun race tomorrow! Join us again! Cheers.
15:58 Hamilton gets beaten! Rosberg grabs pole! Raikkonen third and Vettel fourth! Vettel suffers a three-place grid penalty though!
15:57 Hamilton continues to lead Q3, while Ferrari and Red Bull battle it out posting similar lap times!
15:56 Haas and Force India haven't set lap times yet. While all the others are in the pits.
15:55 Vettel slots into fourth during all that chaos for pole.
15:55 Hamilton goes P1 for the first time this weekend! He beats Rosberg's time.
15:54 Verstappen goes quicker than Ricciardo! Hold on, Raikkonen goes faster than both only for Rosberg to pip them all.
15:54 Ricciardo and Verstappen battling now for a higher spot on the grid.
15:52 Red Bull and Ferrari out there now.
15:50 And Q3 is a go! Straight shootout for P1! Rosberg definetly the favourite to grab it.
15:45 Alonso also makes it into Q3 after his team-mate got knocked out in Q1.
15:45 Amazing, both Haas drivers make into Q3 for the first time this season.
15:46 Out in Q2: Bottas, Massa, Kvyat, Sainz, Alonso, Palmer.
15:45 Perez saves himself by a hair! Bottas the casualty.
15:44 Perez gets pushed out by Gutierrez!
15:43 Massa gets knocked out by Hulkenberg!
15:42 They both get into the top ten!
15:42 Williams duo Massa and Bottas are only putting in their first lap times of the session now. Just as the session closes.
15:40 Perez gets out there to secure his Q3 berth.
15:39 Hulkenberg just outside the drop-zone.
15:38 Just under five minute left in this session, Sainz, Alonso, Kvyat and Palmer all in the drop zone.
15:35 Merc go back into the pits, Ricciardo posts the third fastest time but is pipped by Raikkonen.
15:34 Hamilton a fraction slower than Rosberg! The Brit continues to be outpaced by Rosberg throughout the weekend.
15:33 Both SIlver Arrows are on the softs, they will start on the tyre in the race.
15:32 By the way, the track is still dry.
15:30 And we're off! Mercedes get out there quick on a clear track.
15:25 All the usual suspects have made into Q2, Button the only big name to be knocked out though. Ferrari also completed a 1-2 in the first round.
15:22 Out in Q1: Button, Magnussen, Ericsson, Nasr, Ocon, Wehrlein.
15:21 McLaren vs Williams! Bottas knocks Button out! The Brit will not advance into Q2.
15:20 Button currntly in the drop zone, that would be disappointing if he doesn't make it into Q2 in their 'second home race' for the Honda powered team.
15:18 McLaren enter the track, and garner huge cheers from the crowd!
15:17 Everyone in the pits now, don't expect the big teams though to put in another lap.
15:15 In case you missed it, Wehrlein got hit with a five-placed grid penalty for changing his gearbox.
15:13 Hold up, Vettel pips his team-mate and goes fastest.
15:12 Ferrari now decide to join their rivals on the track. And goes fastest!
15:10 Boom! Daniile Kvyat slots into P5 after putting in a good lap. Q2 looks secure for the Russian now.
15:09 Ricciardo and Verstappen out there now, they post times occupying P3 and P4 respectively.
15:08 Track is getting quite busy now.
15:07 Hamilton posts the second fastest time 1:32.218.
15:05 Ocon the fastest of the two Manors, interesting battle between the two drivers during this second half of the season.
15:04 Rosberg goes onto his first flying lap, the first one of the big teams.
15:01 Esteban Ocon leads the grid onto the circuit.
15:00 Green light and we're off on a dry track!
14:57 We're almost underway! Drivers getting ready to get out on the track.
14:55 In mind of the track characteristics, qualy is very important as it is quite hard to overtake.
14:50 Nico Rosberg looks on point to claim his second pole position in a row here in Japan.
14:45 Daniel Ricciardo was only 0.03s off the pace from Nico Rosberg, the Aussie finishe the session second fastest, while Sebastian Vettel occupied third.
14:40 There's a grey sky hovering over Suzuka, rain is expected. And a lot of it.
14:35 Lewis finished the session P7. Expect him to come out blazing in qualy.
14:31 Nico Rosberg was back up in P1 in a damp final practice for the Japanese GP, a session in which Lewis Hamilton was over a second off the pace.
14:30 Welcome back to Suzuka! We got three rounds of knockout qualifiers up ahead.
13:03 Join us in two hours for qualifying. Cheers.
13:02 FP3 ends with another P1 for Rosberg, P2 for Ricciardo, P7 for Hamilton and both Renaults inside the top ten.
13:00 The chequered flag is waved and FP3 is over but any driver on a hot lap can complete it.
12:59 Ricciardo is up to P2 as Verstappen reports that there are "cars everywhere, what the f***"
12:56 Vettel goes P2, Verstappen P3 and Hamilton has a slow middle sector as traffic is getting involved.
12:54 Raikkonen is on a good lap as he goes purple in the first sector but he has backed off in the middle sector. Now Hamilton is purple in the first and then Verstappen takes that.
12:53 Raikkonen heads out as Rosberg crosses the line with a 1:32.092. He took a full second off his medium tyre time.
12:52 upping the pace as Rosberg heads out on a new set of soft tyres. Gutierrez's soft run just put him P6!
12:49 Work going on over at Toro Rosso as the floor is off Sainz's car and he is not looking at all happy.
12:47 Bottas is up to seven on the soft tyres and heads back into the pits. Massa climbs to P8 behind his team-mate.
12:43 "I can't drive very fast because of the flat spot - I'm shaking a lot," Verstappen tells Red Bull.
12:40 Still no times from Bottas, Ericsson, Massa and Nasr but all but Massa are out on track.
12:39 Rosberg heads back out on a used set of medium tyres as Verstappen slides into fifth place.
12:37 A hot lap from Ricciardo and it is up in the first sector, but he loses time in the second. And it is a 1:33.6 for the Aussie which puts him P4.
12:34 Mixing things up, Hulkenberg and Perez have left the Force India garage with the hard tyres.
12:31 Raikkonen goes third, 0.3s down, and Vettel is fourth.
12:29 A 1:33.28 for Hamilton puts him 0.054s behind his team-mate.
12:26 A 1:33.2 for Rosberg on the mediums and here comes Hamilton...
12:24 And now a spin from Gutierrez through the Esses. Not his best lap.
12:22 Gutierrez is really fighting his car in some parts and off the track he slides.
12:20 Alonso is back in the pits and Gutierrez is out on a set of medium tyres.
12:18 First time of the session comes from Alonso on the medium tyres and it is a 1:35.935.
12:15 Alonso's turn to break the silence, leaving Ricciardo, Raikkonen, Perez, Kvyat, Hulkenberg, Sainz and Verstappen as the only drivers yet to do a lap.
12:13 Hamilton has called for a "really quick turnaround" from Mercedes as he wants to get back out before the rain arrives.
12:12 One lap and Hamilton is back in the pits, so too is Jenson Button, who is competing in what is most likely to be his final Japanese GP.
12:09 A practice start in a puff of smoke for Hamilton as the reigning World Champ heads out.
12:07 "The track is almost ready for slicks. There are some wet patches in places, but it will dry up quickly I think," said Ocon.
12:05 Grosjean and Esteban Gutierrez head back out on inters.
12:04 Rosberg pits after his installation lap, followed in by Felipe Nasr, Valtteri Bottas, who practices a pit stop as he swaps his wets for slicks, and Felipe Massa.
12:03 Vettel is giving Ferrari a running commentary on the wet and dry spots as he does his first lap. And back into the pits he goes.
12:01 Jolyon Palmer and Romain Grosjean, who is unhappy with Haas' brakes, are the first two out followed by Vettel, Pascal Wehrlein and Kevin Magnussen. Wets and inters as there are still some wet patches.
12:00 FP3 is underway at Suzuka...
11:55 Air temperature is 24'C and the track is 26'C.
11:49 Although it rained overnight, the track is almost completely dry already. More rain is forecast for later today.
11:47 It was a good start to the weekend for Force India, who are likely to battle McLaren, Williams and Toro Rosso for a place inside the top-ten shoot-out in today's qualifying.
11:41 Red Bull and Ferrari mixed it up in the race to be best of the rest with Kimi Raikkonen third ahead of Max Verstappen and Sebastian Vettel.
11:36 Friday's practices belonged to championship leader Nico Rosberg, who set the pace around the 5.8km circuit while Lewis Hamilton was second fastest.
11:30 Welcome back to the Suzuka circuit for the third and final practice session for the Japanese GP weekend. All times are local.
15:32 Join us again tomorrow for FP3 and qualifiers! Cheers.
15:31 Whoops! Nasr suffers mishap, but recovers and heads to back to pits for the close of the session.
15:30 Mercedes one-two! Nico Rosberg tops the session with Lewis Hamilton posting the second fastest time. Chequered flag is waved!
15:29 Drivers' finishing off their runs now as the session comes to a close.
15:28 Ocon has done 17 laps on the mediums with his Manor.
15:27 Button heads being quite sassy on the radio earlier: "Do the next lap pushing," says an engineer. "I am pushing, every lap," the 2009 World Champion replies.
15:25 Verstappen, who has done a couple laps on the hards already, is lapping over two seconds slower than the session leader's fastest time.
15:22 Just under ten minutes left in this session.
15:22 The Japanese folk seems to adore Hamilton here! Plenty of love for him.
15:21 Hamilton told that what times Rosberg is doing on the mediums while he continues his run on the Hards.
15:20 Rosberg still ahead of Hamilton, the same order on the on the Drivers' Championship table...
15:18 After bailing on his flying lap, Ricciardo is running P12. Might get another shot towards the end of the session though.
15:15 Alonso lacking pace here, but he has managed to make soft tyre last longer than others.
15:12 Verstappen continues to struggle as he complains that he can't brake going into Turn 11.
15:08 Verstappen tells Red Bull on the radio: "The left front is definitely losing a lot of rubber."
15:05 Raikkonen also complains about tyre grip now, seems they are at their limit on softs. Didn't last very long.
15:02 Hulkenberg tells Force on his ninth lap on softs: "The fronts are dead." Interesting...
15:01 Woah! Another car runs wide, this time the culprit is a Williams driver.
15:00 Vettel now the only available car in the pits, everyone trying to make the most of this long run.
14:59 Track is busy now! Everyone out there on the circuit. Except Gutierrez.
14:55 Raikkonen looks like he is having a tough time out there as he runs slightly off-track.
14:52 Force India seem to be quite quick on this track, both Perez and Hulkenberg posting similar times to Ferrari and Red Bull, still and unable to go faster than them though.
14:51 "The lazy feeling came back quite a bit now in all the slow-speed corners," says Kvyat on the team radio.
14:50 Ericsson pulls in just as the VSC ends. Rest of the grid make their way out now.
14:50 Only Rosberg and Ericsson out there now while the VSC is out.
14:46 Gutierrez's car, which is worth an astronimical amount of money, just hanging there from a truck as the Marshalls move his car out the way.
14:45 Gutierrez out! Yellow flags are waved and the VSC is out. The Mexican seems to have an engine failure. Ricciardo was on a hot lap...
14:45 Massive lock up there from Button! His expierence helps though as he manages to recover through the corner.
14:41 Raikkonen running third and Vettel fourth, both are ahead of the two Red Bulls.
14:40 Expect some long runs now that most of the drivers have put in their flying laps.
14:35 Unsurprisingly, Rosberg goes fastest with a 1:32.250, Hamilton goes second. That's likely to be the top two today if they don't go for another quick run in FP2.
14:34 Rosberg puts on the soft compound, he is on course to post the fastest lap of the day.
14:31 Perez puts in a good lap on the soft tyre, slots in just behind second fastest Hamilton.
14:29 Looks quite cloudy in Suzuka, it might rain according to weather experts, whether its during the Grand Prix weekend though remains to be seen.
14:24 Boom, Vettel goes fastest on the soft tyre. Massa also joins the German on the soft tyre, lets if he can match him though...
14:23 Hamilton told to box, after putting in a lightning lap of 1:33.475!
14:20 Everyone on the grid has posted a time so far.
14:16 Kvyat spins! The Russian does a 360 with his Toro Rosso...
14:15 Hamilton joins his team-mate on the track and goes faster than him! The Brit now topping the times, expect the Mercedes duo to cement their place at the top of the times for the rest of the session.
14:14 The fire marshall sprinted to Nico's aid after the smoke, but alas the German didn't need his help at the end.
14:14 Woah! Lots of smoke was coming out Nico Rosberg's Silver Arrow while he was in the pitlane, the Championship leader gets out there though smoothly with no issues, for now.
14:13 Vettel using the hards, while his team-mate Kimi Raikkonen is on the mediums.
14:12 13 drivers out there now on the circuit, including Felipe Massa, who tries on the mediums.
14:11 Not the greatest start to a session there from the Renault driver.
14:10 Magnussen off! The Dane locks up and almost went into the barrier, managed to get out of it! Close one that!
14:08 Oh hang on, Sebastian Vettel enters the track and posts a time of 1:34.150, Alonso laps the second fastest time with a 1:35.612.
14:06 Grosjean currently running fastest in this session so far, posting a time of 1:35.795.
14:06 Wehrlein out there doing his thing on the hard compound.
14:05 Just the minnow teams out on circuit now....must be nice to have all that freedom.
14:02 Lewis Hamilton and Daniel Ricciardo aren't in their cars yet, we should expect them soon though.
14:01 Grosjean takes his repaired Haas out the track first.
14:00 Green light! We're underway in Suzuka!
13:57 Air temperature is 24'C and the track temperature has climbed to 33'C as we await the start.
13:55 Five minutes to the start.
13:53 The same can be said of Fernando Alonso. He spun at Spoon Curve, whacked the barrier with the rear of his car and managed just 10 laps. His McLaren, which is fitted with Honda's latest update, needed a new rear wing and floor.
13:51 Jolyon Palmer will be looking to get some decent running in this afternoon. He covered just 13 laps in FP1 before an electrical problem sidelined him.
13:44 Forecasts are for a dry FP2, however, rain will come in overnight and Saturday's final practice and qualifying could be very wet.
13:39 Although Red Bull were only fifth and sixth with Daniel Ricciardo ahead of Max Verstappen, they opted to stick with the medium tyres so they will be looking to leapfrog Ferrari when they swap to the softs.
13:36 This morning's session was all Mercedes as Nico Rosberg clocked a 1:32.431 to finish two-tenths up on Lewis Hamilton. He was also a full second ahead of third-placed Sebastian Vettel while Kimi Raikkonen was fourth.
13:30 Welcome back to the Suzuka circuit for the second of Friday's two 90-minute practice sessions.
11:31 Join us in two hours for the build up to FP2. Cheers.
11:31 Hamilton is second, 0.2s down, while the Ferraris were third and fourth. However, Red Bull - fifth and sixth - only used the medium tyres.
11:30 The chequered flag is out and Rosberg finishes fastest of all with a 1:32.431.
11:26 With the field on long runs it looks as if Rosberg's P1 is secure.
11:23 Hamilton's latest lap is a 1:38 as he is on a long run pace now.
11:22 Consistent pace from Hulkenberg as the German is putting in 1:39s despite being 13 laps into his medium tyre run.
11:19 Renault have added that Palmer's session is over.
11:17 Issues for Palmer with Renault reporting an electrical problem. He has covered just 13 laps.
11:13 Bottas has worked his way up to P10 on the medium tyres. Massa is P15.
11:10 Perez is told to watch his step at Turn 9 as another car has gone off kicking up gravel onto the circuit.
11:07 Bottom of the timesheets are Nasr, Magnussen, Ericsson, Ocon, Palmer and Wehrlein. The latter says he has "too much understeer."
11:05 Grosjean is the barrier. He has gone through the gravel and front wing first into the barriers at Degner. "Brake doesn't brake," he reports.
11:04 Hamilton is out on new softs and it is a 1:32.6 for the Brit, which puts him P2.
11:00 Vettel hits the front with a 1:33.5 but Rosberg hits back immediately. It is a 1:32.431 for the Mercedes driver.
10:59 P2 for Raikkonen as he goes purple in the first and third sectors on a new set of soft tyres. He is 0.066s off Rosberg's P1 time.
10:58 Verstappen goes fourth on the medium tyres, 0.628s down.
10:56 Rosberg is topping the speed trap times with a 308.9 ahead of Hamilton. Vettel is third on a 307.1.
10:55 Hulkenberg improves his time on the mediums to go fourth fastest, but Perez stays P6.
10:51 Perez and Hulkenberg leave the Force India, both swapping their soft tyres for a set of the mediums.
10:48 Magnussen breaks the silence as he heads out in the Renault.
10:45 Halfway through FP1 is it Rosberg ahead of Hamilton, Vettel, Raikkonen, Perez, Hulkenberg, Ricciardo, Verstappen, Alonso and Button. The top six set their times on the soft tyres, the Bulls on the hards and the McLarens on the mediums.
10:39 One by one the drivers head back into the pits to return their first set of tyres to Pirelli. Ricciardo and Verstappen are the last two back in.
10:38 "Monster understeer" for Rosberg as Vettel urges Ferrari to check the drivability of his car.
10:37 Work going on over at McLaren on Alonso's car as McLaren are changing the rear wing and the floor after his earlier smack.
10:34 Perez, who is fifth fastest at the moment, is running the Halo this morning.
10:33 Vettel goes third, half a second down on the leading Mercedes.
10:32 Rosberg is having brake balance troubles. He informs Mercedes: "You keep saying brake balance forwards but I am forwards."
10:30 Issues up and down the grid with Verstappen saying his gearshifts are "very bad" while Hamilton is "very low on power."
10:27 All change as Hamilton puts in a 1:33.967 on the soft tyres and Rosberg pips him by 0.216s. Yip, it is a Mercedes 1-2.
10:26 16 times on the board with Raikkonen quickest ahead of Perez and Hulkenberg, all on the soft tyres, Verstappen on the hard Pirellis is P4.
10:24 A moment for Raikkonen as he runs wide and kicks up some dirt. He goes quickest on his next lap on the soft tyes with a 1:34.7.
10:23 He is able to head back to the pits under his own steam.
10:22 Alonso in the walls! Literally! He has spun into the barriers at Spoon curve, smacking the rear of his McLaren.
10:21 Bottas takes third off Alonso as all the drivers excluding Perez are putting their times in on the medium tyres.
10:19 Alonso goes second, 1.2s down on Perez's best, with Grosjean third. Perez's time, though, was set on the soft tyres.
10:17 A bit more action out there as Alonso heads out along with Vettel, Grosjean, Ocon, Bottas, Palmer and Magnussen.
10:15 A 1:34.9 from Perez to get the ball rolling.
10:13 Just one lap from Kvyat and he's back in the pits as Perez starts a flying lap and Wehrlein heads out.
10:11 Sergio Perez, who announced a new Force India deal earlier this week, enters the fray.
10:10 A brief moment of silence is broken as Daniil Kvyat heads out in the Toro Rosso. According to the latest rumours, he may have a two-year Red Bull extension awaiting him. But other rumours suggest his days are numbered. Time will tell.
10:09 Verstappen reports that the "upshifts are very hard" as he returns to the pits.
10:07 As Ricciardo and his bionic car return to the pits after a second lap, Verstappen heads out in his RB12.
10:05 And with that Hamilton and Ricciardo head out followed by Bottas. So just Max then.
10:03 Felipe Nar, Fernando Alonso - who is running Honda's latest updated engine, Pascal Wehrlein, Jenson Button and Kimi Raikkonen have all been out for an installation lap. In fact only Ricciardo, Max Verstappen, Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas still to run.
10:02 Ricciardo gives the ok as Red Bull strap some wings, no wait those are aero sensors, onto both sides of his car.
10:01 Romain Grosjean, Sebastian Vettel, Esteban Ocon, Esteban Gutierrez, Jolyon Palmer and Kevin Magnussen head out immediately.
10:00 Green light and FP1 is underway in Japan...
09:58 Rosberg is already in his W07, strapped in and ready to roll.
09:55 Five minutes to the start of FP1.
09:51 Sunny and dry is the forecast for today's action but the drivers can expect heavy rain on Saturday, including during qualifying.
09:45 As always as Suzuka the grandstands are already filled as the fans come out in droves to watch the F1 action. Great atmosphere.
09:38 With Mercedes involved in collisions and DNFs at Sepang it was Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen who claimed the 1-2 for Red Bull. That result meant Mercedes were not able to wrap up the Constructors' title but they do have a second bite at it this weekend.
09:34 All eyes are on the Mercedes drivers this weekend after Lewis Hamilton's engine failure, and interesting claims in the wake there of, saw Nico Rosberg pull 23 points clear in the championship race last time out in Malaysia.
09:30 Welcome to the Suzuka circuit, home of the Japanese GP. All times are local.
Driver Standings
1 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:38.513 1:26:43.333 2
2 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1:37.805 4.978 2
3 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:36.960 5.776 2
4 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:39.790 20.269 2
5 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1:38.788 28.370 2
6 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull 1:38.767 33.941 2
7 Sergio Perez Force India 1:39.974 57.495 2
8 Nico Hulkenberg Force India 1:37.921 59.177 2
9 Felipe Massa Williams 1:40.088 97.763 1
10 Valtteri Bottas Williams 1:39.819 98.323 1
11 Romain Grosjean Haas 1:40.338 99.254 2
12 Jolyon Palmer Renault Sport 1:39.644 1 LAP 1
13 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso 1:38.546 1 LAP 2
14 Kevin Magnussen Renault Sport 1:40.250 1 LAP 1
15 Marcus Ericsson Sauber 1:39.653 1 LAP 1
16 Fernando Alonso McLaren 1:39.114 1 LAP 2
17 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso 1:38.740 1 LAP 2
18 Jenson Button McLaren 1:39.432 1 LAP 2
19 Felipe Nasr Sauber 1:40.185 1 LAP 1
20 Esteban Gutierrez Haas 1:39.834 1 LAP 2
21 Esteban Ocon Manor 1:39.039 1 LAP 2
22 Pascal Wehrlein Manor 1:40.145 1 LAP 2
Driver Standings
1 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:30.647 - 4
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:30.660 0.013 4
3 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1:30.949 0.302 4
4 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:31.028 0.381 4
5 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1:31.178 0.531 5
6 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull 1:31.240 0.593 5
7 Sergio Perez Force India 1:31.961 1.314 4
8 Romain Grosjean Haas 1:31.961 1.314 5
9 Nico Hulkenberg Force India 1:32.142 1.495 4
10 Esteban Gutierrez Haas 1:32.547 1.900 5
10 Valtteri Bottas Williams 1:32.315 1.601 4
10 Felipe Massa Williams 1:32.380 1.666 4
Driver Standings
1 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:30.714 - 2
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:31.129 0.415 2
3 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:31.227 0.513 2
4 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1:31.406 0.692 2
5 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1:31.489 0.775 3
6 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull 1:31.719 1.005 3
7 Esteban Gutierrez Haas 1:32.155 1.441 4
8 Romain Grosjean Haas 1:32.176 1.462 4
9 Nico Hulkenberg Force India 1:32.200 1.486 3
10 Sergio Perez Force India 1:32.237 1.523 3
11 Valtteri Bottas Williams 1:32.315 1.601 5
12 Felipe Massa Williams 1:32.380 1.666 5
13 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso 1:32.623 1.909 4
14 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso 1:32.685 1.971 5
15 Fernando Alonso McLaren 1:32.689 1.975 4
15 Felipe Nasr Sauber 1:33.332 1.673 1
16 Kevin Magnussen Renault Sport 1:33.368 1.709 1
16 Jenson Button McLaren 1:32.851 1.192 1
16 Marcus Ericsson Sauber 1:33.222 1.563 1
16 Jolyon Palmer Renault Sport 1:32.807 2.093 4
Driver Standings
1 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:31.659 - 1
2 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1:31.674 0.015 1
3 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:31.858 0.199 1
4 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:32.218 0.559 1
5 Valtteri Bottas Williams 1:32.383 0.724 3
6 Nico Hulkenberg Force India 1:32.448 0.789 1
7 Romain Grosjean Haas 1:32.458 0.799 2
8 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1:32.487 0.828 2
9 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull 1:32.538 0.879 2
10 Felipe Massa Williams 1:32.562 0.903 3
11 Esteban Gutierrez Haas 1:32.620 0.961 2
12 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso 1:32.645 0.986 2
13 Sergio Perez Force India 1:32.682 1.023 1
14 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso 1:32.789 1.130 3
15 Jolyon Palmer Renault Sport 1:32.796 1.137 2
16 Fernando Alonso McLaren 1:32.819 1.160 2
17 Jenson Button McLaren 1:32.851 1.192 2
18 Kevin Magnussen Renault Sport 1:33.023 1.364 2
19 Marcus Ericsson Sauber 1:33.222 1.563 2
20 Felipe Nasr Sauber 1:33.332 1.673 2
21 Esteban Ocon Manor 1:33.353 1.694 3
22 Pascal Wehrlein Manor 1:33.561 1.902 3
Driver Standings
1 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:32.092 - 7
2 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull 1:32.394 0.302 3
3 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:32.731 0.639 6
4 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1:32.784 0.692 4
5 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1:33.011 0.919 5
6 Felipe Massa Williams 1:33.271 1.179 3
7 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:33.284 1.192 7
8 Jolyon Palmer Renault Sport 1:33.639 1.547 3
9 Kevin Magnussen Renault Sport 1:33.639 1.547 3
10 Nico Hulkenberg Force India 1:33.646 1.554 3
11 Fernando Alonso McLaren 1:33.714 1.622 3
12 Esteban Gutierrez Haas 1:33.787 1.695 4
13 Valtteri Bottas Williams 1:33.865 1.773 3
14 Sergio Perez Force India 1:33.921 1.829 3
15 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso 1:34.037 1.945 3
16 Romain Grosjean Haas 1:34.272 2.18 4
17 Felipe Nasr Sauber 1:34.388 2.296 3
18 Marcus Ericsson Sauber 1:34.544 2.452 3
19 Jenson Button McLaren 1:34.548 2.456 4
20 Esteban Ocon Manor 1:35.230 3.138 3
21 Pascal Wehrlein Manor 1:37.256 5.164 3
22 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso 1:56.323 24.231 1
Driver Standings
1 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:32.250 - 6
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:32.322 0.072 5
3 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1:32.573 0.323 7
4 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1:33.061 0.811 5
5 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:33.103 0.853 7
6 Sergio Perez Force India 1:33.570 1.320 4
7 Nico Hulkenberg Force India 1:33.873 1.623 5
8 Fernando Alonso McLaren 1:33.985 1.735 6
9 Valtteri Bottas Williams 1:34.028 1.778 5
10 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso 1:34.086 1.836 4
11 Felipe Massa Williams 1:34.127 1.877 5
12 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull 1:34.150 1.900 4
13 Romain Grosjean Haas 1:34.241 1.991 4
14 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso 1:34.305 2.055 5
15 Kevin Magnussen Renault Sport 1:34.339 2.089 4
16 Jenson Button McLaren 1:34.398 2.148 5
17 Esteban Gutierrez Haas 1:34.643 2.393 1
18 Jolyon Palmer Renault Sport 1:34.760 2.510 4
19 Felipe Nasr Sauber 1:34.824 2.574 5
20 Pascal Wehrlein Manor 1:35.292 3.042 4
21 Esteban Ocon Manor 1:35.400 3.150 4
22 Marcus Ericsson Sauber 1:36.318 4.068 4
Driver Standings
1 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:32.431 - 5
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:32.646 0.215 5
3 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:33.525 1.094 6
4 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1:33.817 1.386 4
5 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull 1:34.112 1.681 5
6 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1:34.379 1.948 5
7 Nico Hulkenberg Force India 1:34.530 2.099 5
8 Sergio Perez Force India 1:34.767 2.336 6
9 Fernando Alonso McLaren 1:35.003 2.572 3
10 Valtteri Bottas Williams 1:35.381 2.950 5
11 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso 1:35.446 3.015 6
12 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso 1:35.672 3.241 5
13 Jenson Button McLaren 1:35.677 3.246 8
14 Romain Grosjean Haas 1:35.688 3.257 5
15 Felipe Nasr Sauber 1:35.967 3.536 3
16 Felipe Massa Williams 1:36.169 3.738 6
17 Esteban Gutierrez Haas 1:36.219 3.788 5
18 Marcus Ericsson Sauber 1:36.294 3.863 4
19 Kevin Magnussen Renault Sport 1:36.822 4.391 5
20 Esteban Ocon Manor 1:37.797 5.366 5
21 Pascal Wehrlein Manor 1:37.966 5.535 6
22 Jolyon Palmer Renault Sport 1:37.992 5.561 3
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