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13 Oct 08:43 Mercedes claims their sixth world constructors' title. 
13 Oct 08:37 Bottas wins the Japanese GP! 
13 Oct 08:37 Sergio Perez goes off!
13 Oct 08:35 Onto the final lap, can Hamilton pass Vettel?
13 Oct 08:28 Leclerc comes into the pits for soft tyres. 
13 Oct 08:21 Gap between Vettel and Hamilton is 5 seconds. 
13 Oct 08:20 Hamilton pits and rejoins behind Vettel. 
13 Oct 08:14 Vettel fastest on track with a 1:32.122.
13 Oct 08:13 Hamilton leads but is yet to make a second stop. 
13 Oct 08:03 Alex Albon up to P4 in the Red Bull as Ferrari brings Vettel into the pits.  
13 Oct 07:57 Bottas' lead is over 10 seconds to Vettel in P2.  
13 Oct 07:52 Lap 24/53: Bottas, Vettel, Hamilton, Sainz, Albon, Ricciardo, Leclerc
13 Oct 07:49 Hamilton told via radio: "Vettel ahead, let’s hunt him down...”
13 Oct 07:47 Hamilton pits from the race lead. 
13 Oct 07:45 Vettel 10 seconds behind Bottas, Hamilton is leading the race but he hasn’t stopped yet.
13 Oct 07:44 Verstappen and Leclerc incident to be investigated after the race, race control wants to talk to both drivers. 
13 Oct 07:42 Mercedes brings Bottas into the pits and he rejoins in P2. Hamilton leads, Vettel P3 after passing Sainz.
13 Oct 07:39 Vettel into the pits and takes on the soft compound, Ferrari will do a two-stop strategy. 
13 Oct 07:37 Verstappen retires from the race. 
13 Oct 07:35 Vettel didn't jump the start, race control finds. 
13 Oct 07:29 Oh dear, it hasn't been a start to the race for Ferrari: lost the lead, both drivers under investigation. 
13 Oct 07:28 CONFIRMED: Vettel under investigation for jumping the start. 
13 Oct 07:27 Leclerc moves up two places to P16, he passes Verstappen again (this time with no collision). 
13 Oct 07:24 Wow! What a crazy opening 7 laps, Bottas leads from Vettel, Hamilton, and Sainz. Leclerc in 18 after pitting. 
13 Oct 07:19 Leclerc pits on lap 4 to repair the damage to his front wing and takes on a fresh set of tyres. 
13 Oct 07:15 Max Verstappen tangles with Charles Leclerc and the Dutchman spins out. 
13 Oct 07:14 Terrible start for Sebastian Vettel, he is passed by Valtteri Bottas who leads. 
13 Oct 07:14 Formation lap finished, lights out and we're underway!
13 Oct 07:05 Hello and welcome to race day at Suzuka for the Japanese Grand Prix. 
FINISH The end of the season is really getting close, isn't it? The "fight" for the constructors' championship ended today, while only Hamilton and Bottas can now mathematically win the title. Can the Finn take his second straight win to keep his slim title chances alive next week in Mexico? Or will the Brit storm to his sixth? Join us from Friday onwards to find out. See you there.
FINISH The full finishing order today: P1 Bottas, P2 Vettel, P3 Hamilton, P4 Albon, P5 Sainz, P6 Ricciardo, P7 Leclerc P8 Gasly, P9 Perez, P10 Hulkenberg, P11 Stroll, P12 Kvyat, P13 Norris, P14 Raikkonen, P15 Grosjean, P16 Giovinazzi, P17 Magnussen, P18 Russell, P19 Kubica, P20 Verstappen (retired).
FINISH Despite crashing on the last lap, Sergio Perez remains classified in P9, and Nico Hulkenberg takes the final point.
FINISH Daniel Ricciardo reminded the world of his talent today, finishing in P7 and making some great overtakes along the way. Pierre Gasly meanwhile takes P8, which isn't enough to stay ahead of Sainz in the standings.
FINISH Carlos Sainz drives another excellent race to finish P5. Leclerc comes home in P6 but crucially, didn't manage to get an extra point for fastest lap, meaning Mercedes are the constructors' champions for the sixth consecutive year!
FINISH Vettel just about holds off Hamilton to take P2 ahead of the Brit, with Albon getting his best ever result in F1, coming home in P4.
FINISH Valtteri Bottas wins the Japanese Grand Prix!
Lap 53 Sergio Perez was making a late charge for the points and had moved up to P8 but he's now crashed and is out of the race.
Lap 53 Final lap and Bottas is cruising.
Lap 51 Hamilton tries to pass Vettel around the outside of Turn 1 but can't quite get through.
Lap 50 What a day this has been for Renault. Ricciardo passes Gasly for P7 and Hulkenberg moves up to P9.
Lap 49 As is often the case, that Ferrari straight-line speed is making the car rather difficult to pass.
Lap 48 Leclerc pits. If he gets a time penalty after the race, he'll definitely drop a few positions.
Lap 47 Hamilton now right on the back of Vettel and has six laps to pass him.
Lap 46 Hulkenberg lets Ricciardo past to allow the Aussie to have a go at Stroll. The latter gives his thanks and quickly does so, moving up to P8.
Lap 45 Rather bafflingly, Ferrari want to pit Leclerc so he can get an extra point for fastest lap. They've presumably completely forgotten that he may well get a time penalty after the race which would drop him behind the group he'd come out in front of. Vintage Ferrari.
Lap 43 Hamilton pits! On fresh softs, he comes out just under five seconds behind Vettel and has ten laps to get him.
Lap 42 Ricciardo moves up into P10, passing Perez.
Lap 42 Bottas has Vettel covered and is now waiting for Hamilton to pit. Surely his team haven't just outright lied to him to give Hamilton the win...
Lap 40 Bottas asks the team if they're sure Hamilton is pitting; they reassure him that he is.
Lap 39 Vettel goes purple to close the gap ahead to seven and a half seconds. Keep going, Seb...
Lap 37 Bottas pits for soft tyres and comes out eight seconds behind Hamilton and has the same gap behind to Vettel. The big question now is will he have to pass his team-mate on track?
Lap 36 Leclerc gets past Gasly at the inside of spoon with a great move.
Lap 34 Leclerc passes Stroll at the inside of Turn 1 to move up to P7. Next up, Gasly.
Lap 32 Vettel pits for fresh medium tyres. Will Mercedes bring Hamilton in or are they committing him to the one-stop?
Lap 31 He passes Perez at 180r to move up to P9.
Lap 31 Ricciardo finally pits, promoting Leclerc back into the points. The Ferrari man is now all over Perez and Hulkenberg.
Lap 30 Vettel currently 11 seconds behind Bottas and five ahead of Hamilton.
Lap 29 Kvyat pits, meaning Ricciardo, currently in P5, is the only driver yet to stop.
Lap 28 There's overtaking all over the place in the midfield, with Hulkenberg and Perez passing Kvyat and now fighting each other.
Lap 27 Carlos Sainz finally pits after 27 laps on used softs. He comes out in P6.
Lap 27 Leclerc pits from P7, going on to brand spanking new soft tyres which should get him to the end. He comes out in P12.
Lap 26 If you took a shot every time Hamilton moaned on the radio today, you'd be passed out already. He's, as always, rather unhappy with the strategy he's been put on.
Lap 23 Mercedes tell Hamilton they don't think the one-stop will be an easy race. Judging by that, Bottas is definitely doing a two-stop, as is Vettel. Hamilton will have to manage his tyres *seriously* well if he wants to win this.
Lap 23 Hamilton pits for mediums and comes out in P3, ten seconds behind Vettel.
Lap 21 Bottas, on the slower tyre than Vettel, is going purple and pulling away from the German. With how much he's pushing his tyres, he may well be on a two-stopper too.
Lap 20 The stewards have decided to wait until the end of the race to investigate the incident between Verstappen and Leclerc.
Lap 18 Mercedes react and bring Bottas in. He goes on to the medium tyre and will presumably be doing a one-stop race, which is supposedly the quicker strategy.
Lap 17 Vettel pits for soft tyres and will therefore be doing a two-stopper today.
Lap 17 Albon pits and comes out just ahead of Leclerc. He'll be hoping to pull off the undercut on Sainz.
Lap 16 Max Verstappen is retiring from the race due to the damage picked up in the Lap 1 incident with Leclerc. Simultaneously, thousands of Dutchies retire back to bed.
Lap 14 The stewards have decided against penalising Vettel for his false start. A huge relief for him and Ferrari, and great for the race. Mind you, he's still quite a bit slower than the Silver Arrows.
Lap 11 Upfront, Bottas leads Vettel by less than three seconds, with Hamilton a further two seconds off the German.
Lap 10 Vettel now under investigation for the jump start. So, both Ferrari's under investigation and both likely to get a penalty. Mercedes are laughing their way to the bank.
Lap 9 Leclerc passes Verstappen at Turn 1 to move up to - *checks notes* - P16. Dizzy heights.
Lap 8 One team faring well so far today is Renault. Having started P15 and P16, Hulkenberg and Ricciardo are now in P8 and P10 respectively.
Lap 8 Charles Leclerc is now investigation for causing a collision with Verstappen at the start. Things just get better and better for Ferrari.
Lap 6 Lando Norris has been barged off track by Alex Albon and is now down in P20 with some kind of issue. Expect a penalty for Albon...
Lap 6 The other Ferrari is faring better, currently in P2, but replays show he jumped the starting before stopping and then moving again, so he may well get a penalty. What a disaster for the Scuderia.
Lap 4 Leclerc has now come in to change his wing and comes back out in P20. He's on the medium tyre and will struggle to do a one-stop now.
Lap 3 Leclerc, with pieces of his wing flying everywhere on track, still stays out, ignoring his team. He says the car feels fine.
Lap 2 Incredibly, Leclerc hasn't come in for repairs yet.
Lap 1 And we're off! The Ferraris start poorly and both are passed by Bottas who got a great getaway! Leclerc then gets wing damage after trying to hold off Verstappen, who is pushed off track and is now down to P18!
14:11 They're now making their way around the track. Here we go...
14:09 The cars are fired up and the formation lap is about to get underway...
14:03 Worth noting though, that Ferrari have been experiencing more tyre degradation than Red Bull and Mercedes this weekend. If anyone has to do a two-stop today, it'll be them, and it could lose them the race.
14:01 Ten minutes prior to lights out, let's talk strategy. With the soft tyre looking good for 20+ laps here, most are expected to run one-stop races, moving from the soft to medium or vice-versa. With overtaking so difficult here, getting your stop right is crucial.
13:58 The Japanese taking a typically minimalist approach to the national anthem. No bands, no choirs, just a one man show, and I'll be honest, it wasn't great.
13:50 The bottom two on the grid, Magnussen and Kubica, both had pretty heavy crashes at the final turn courtesy of a tailwind. Both had to have their gearbox replaced, while the latter is still having work done on his chassis. If that tailwind is still around in a few minutes, things could get interesting...
13:40 The rest of today's grid: P11 Giovinazzi, P12 Stroll, P13 Raikkonen, P14 Kvyat, P15 Hulkenberg, P16 Ricciardo, P17 Perez, P18 Russell, P19 Magnussen, P20 Kubica (pit-lane).
13:35 Completing the top ten are the McLarens of Carlos Sainz and Lando Norris (Lando didn't try sushi so won't be allowed through) and the French men of the grid, Pierre Gasly and Romain Grosjean.
13:32 It was a mightily impressive first-ever qualifying session at this track for Alex Albon. The Thai driver put in the exact same lap time as Max Verstappen in Q3 and starts just behind the Dutchman. Neither looks like they have the car to fight at the front today, but you never know...
13:29 Valtteri Bottas came into today arguably the favourite to take pole position after topping both practice sessions, but he too was caught off guard by the pace of the Prancing Horse. On the bright side for him, he does start ahead of team-mate Lewis Hamilton after going less than a hundredth quicker than the Brit.
13:22 If you're in the western world and are suffering an early start, don't worry, you're not dreaming - Ferrari really did lock out the front row. Yep, out of nowhere, Sebastian Vettel stormed to pole position, ending up nearly two tenths clear of team-mate Charles Leclerc.
13:19 With qualifying taking place just a few hours ago, you probably don't need a reminder of what happened, but hey, let's go and run through the grid anyway.
13:12 The race gets underway in just under an hour's time here in warm and sunny Suzuka where Typhoon Hagibis is long gone.
13:05 Hello and welcome to Planet F1's live coverage of the Japanese Grand Prix! All times are local.
11:19 Well that's it from us for now. Join us again in 2 hours, yip 2 hours, for our build-up to the Japanese Grand Prix. Bye for now.
11:18 Well done Vettel, that's Ferrari's 64th front row lock out.
11:17 That's pole position for Vettel, Ferrari's fifth in a row!!! Leclerc will start P2 ahead of the Mercedes drivers, the Red Bulls then it is Sainz, Norris, Gasly and Grosjean.
11:16 Bottas can't, he stays P3 while Hamilton is fourth ahead of Verstappen and Albon.
11:15 Purple in the second for Leclerc, Vettel is only green. And across the line Leclerc remains P2 while Vettel ups his pace to a 1:27.064. Only Merc could steal it as the chequered flag falls.
11:14 Gasly, Norris and Sainz are the first to start their hot laps followed by Leclerc, Verstappen and Vettel. It's purple in the first for Leclerc but that is taken by Vettel...
11:12 Out comes Vettel but he's is third in the queue behind Leclerc and one of the Red Bulls.
11:11 The cars are being readied for a second run...
11:08 Vettel's time, a new track record, puts him on provisional pole ahead of Leclerc, Bottas, Hamilton, Verstappen, Albon, Norris, Sainz and Gasly. No time from Grosjean.
11:07 Bottas hits the front with a 1:27.6, 0.1s up on Hamilton. But there come the Ferraris. Leclerc goes quickest and then Vettel. A 1:27.212 for the German.
11:06 Norris is the first man to start a hot lap ahead of Gasly on the track. Bottas and Hamilton are next in line ahead of Sainz, Leclerc and Vettel. Verstappen and Albon are the last two in the queue while Grosjean has remained in the pits.
11:04 And again we have drivers bunching up at the final chicane as they all try to make a gap to the driver ahead.
11:03 Green light and the pole position shoot-out for the Japanese GP is underway.
11:00 Q3 and we have Bottas, Hamilton, Albon, Vettel, Leclerc, Verstappen, Norris, Sainz, Gasly, and Grosjean still in the running.
10:55 Bottas puts in a late lap to end Q2 quickest of all ahead of Hamilton and Albon while out are Giovinazzi, Stroll, Raikkonen, Kvyat and Hulkenberg.
10:54 The chequered flag is out...
10:52 Hulkenberg is having a few problems with his RS19 and is told "do not change gear, back to the garage". The message includes: "You have a major problem". Not a great start to super Sunday for the Renault team.
10:51 Run number 2 is underway. Always amazes that the drivers all go out together, leave the track together, and then complain about traffic.
10:49 Drop zone are: Gasly, Kvyat, Giovinazzi, Stroll and Hulkenberg.
10:46 Bottas goes P3, make that P4 as Hamilton takes the top spot with a 1:27.826. Verstappen is P5 ahead of Albon, Sainz and Raikkonen.
10:45 But here comes Hamilton and it is a whole bunch of purples...
10:43 Traffic is again proving problematic as Grosjean and Albon pull right over and slow to a snails pace to let Leclerc come through. He's flier puts him P2, 0.005s down on Vettel's best.
10:39 Green light and Q2 is underway.
10:38 The wind has picked up a bit since the start of Q1 but hopefully the drivers now all have a better understanding - and respect - of it.
10:37 Into Q2 we go with Leclerc, Hamilton, Verstappen, Norris, Bottas, Vettel, Sainz, Albon, Gasly, Grosjean, Stroll, Giovinazzi, Hulkenberg, Raikkonen, Kvyat.
10:33 Out are: Ricciardo, Perez, Russell and of course Magnussen and Kubica. Leclerc was quickest with a 1:28.4 while Hamilton moved up to second, 0.330s down.
10:32 Stroll moves up to tenth place with Raikkonen up to 12th and Ricciardo P14. The Renault driver could be in trouble as the chequered flag falls.
10:30 Stroll and Raikkonen are having a go now with the latter having to back off to make room.
10:29 Grosjean jumps up to eighth place, making the most of a quiet track to improve his time.
10:27 Drop zone with 6 minutes remaining: Perez, Raikkonen, Grosjean, Magnussen and Kubica. We can safely say the latter two won't be setting times.
10:26 Leclerc goes quickest ahead of Verstappen, Vettel, Sainz, Albon and Bottas. Hamilton is P7. Great lap from Sainz!
10:22 There is a serious traffic jam out there with drivers jockeying for position and others slowing down to make room. Not great for getting heat into the tyres for a hot lap.
10:21 Back to green with 11:42 on the clock and Gasly up in P1.
10:17 Recovery vehicle is back in action as too are the witches brooms. Magnussen is back in the pits.
10:16 Despite being wing-less, he kept the engine running and has reversed his way out of the barriers and is heading back tot he pits. His Haas' rear wing looks as if it hanging on by a wing and a prayer. He was caught out by the wind and literally blown off the track at the final corner.
10:13 Oh more troubles as Kevin Magnussen is in the barrier and the red flag is out again.
10:10 Green light and this time the Alfas lead the field out followed by the Toro Rossos and Racing Points.
10:09 Car cleared, track cleared, marshals cleared and restart scheduled for a minute from now.
10:07 There must be 30 marshals out there sweeping the track. Talk about efficient.
10:05 The recovery crew is on the scene to clear away the mess and put the various trackside advertising that Kubica took out back into place.
10:03 The Williams driver got it wrong out of the final corner, crept onto the grass and kept going straight into the Armco barrier. That's his qualifying over and maybe even his race as Williams have a problem with spare parts.
10:02 Kubica goes out and out he goes... nose first into the wall. Red flag.
10:00 Pit lane light is green and out go the two Ferraris followed by Sainz and Hulkenberg.
09:59 Super Sunday set to begin...
09:53 Air temperature is 22'C, track is 33'C.
09:51 The drivers face a difficult task this morning as, while trying to go as fast as possible and grab the best grid slot, they have to contend with blustery wind while keeping their cars out of the barriers. There are just three hours between the end of qualifying and the start of the race, well three hours and ten random minutes.
09:46 The bottom half: Kimi Raikkonen, Daniil Kvyat, Romain Grosjean, Lance Stroll, Antonio Giovinazzi, Kevin Magnussen, Daniel Ricciardo, Nico Hulkenberg, George Russell and Robert Kubica.
09:44 Carlos Sainz, Sergio Perez, Pierre Gasly and Lando Norris completed the top ten.
09:42 Valtteri Bottas set the pace on Friday, fastest in both practice sessions ahead of Lewis Hamilton. But while the Mercedes pairing were almost a second ahead of Sebastian Vettel in FP1, the gap was reduced to 0.3 in FP2 with Max Verstappen P3 ahead of Charles Leclerc, Vettel and Alexander Albon.
09:36 This is the fifth time in F1 history that qualifying has been held on a Sunday. The previous pole position men were Michael Schumacher, Sebastian Vettel x 2 and Nico Rosberg. Who will take it today? Based on Friday's showing, Mercedes.
09:30 After Typhoon Hagibis swept through Japan yesterday, bringing with it lashing rain and high winds, we have beautiful sunshine here this morning, although it is still a bit windy. Nothing typhoon level, though.
07:00 Welcome back to Suzuka this Sunday morning, yip Sunday, for qualifying for the Japanese GP.
15:36 Well, that's it now until Sunday with qualifying pushed back a day. Remember, if the track isn't raceable on Sunday morning, This order from FP2 will form the grid. If all goes to plan, join us Sunday for qualifying.
15:34 P11 Raikkonen, P12 Kvyat, P13 Grosjean, P14 Stroll, P15 Giovinazzi, P16 Magnussen, P17 Ricciardo, P18 Hulkenberg, P19 Kubica and P20 Russell completes the order.
15:33 P4 Leclerc, P5 Vettel, P6 Albon, P7 Sainz, P8 Perez, P9 Gasly and P10 Norris completes the top half of the FP2 order.
15:32 Bottas is fastest again ahead of team-mate Hamilton in FP2, Verstappen is their closest challenger in P3, 0.28s down on Bottas, but his race sims were distant from that of the Mercedes pair.
15:30 P4 for Leclerc with a 1:28.1. Vettel is P5 and two tenths shy of his team-mate.
15:27 Indeed Leclerc heads onto the track with Vettel. Brand new softs for both.
15:24 Leclerc is wheeled back into the pits. Ferrari may yet still go for a final run with 6 minutes to go.
15:19 Drivers at this stage are instead focusing on race sims using the medium tyre. The teams must be confident that qualifying will go ahead.
15:10 A tough session for Renault so far. Ricciardo finds himself in P16, for Hulkenberg it's P18.
15:06 A bit of a moment there for Ferrari as both Leclerc and Vettel come very close in a battle for track position to start the lap. Vettel was certainly the one who lost out there.
15:00 30 minutes to go in the session. We should see plenty of action as the drivers look to set a qualifying-worthy time, just in case qualy doesn't happen and it needs to be.
14:56 The midfield battle is hotting up nicely here. Sainz is now up to P7 for McLaren. His team-mate Lando Norris is P9 behind Perez.
14:49 Albon splits the Ferraris with his latest effort on the soft rubber.
14:47 Bottas goes fastest now with a 1:27.785. Verstappen makes a solid improvement of his own to go P3, 0.281s down on Bottas' benchmark.
14:41 SportPesa Racing Point are the current 'best-of-the-rest' with Sergio Perez in P7. Romain Grosjean goes P8 ahead of Lance Stroll to split the pink cars.
14:38 Leclerc is on the softs now and moves into P4 behind his team-mate. The two Ferraris and Verstappen are separated by under a tenth.
14:37 Bit of breaking news. The FIA have reached their verdict on Guenther Steiner's team radio comments in Sochi after Kevin Magnussen was given his five-second time penalty. The Haas principal will be fined â?¬7,500.
14:32 Hamilton finally gets his flying lap in, and what a time it is, a 1:27.8 to beat Vettel's effort by half a second.
14:31 Albon is up to P3, two tenths behind Verstappen. A good showing so far.
14:29 Bottas spins out of the final corner. No flying lap for him then, and it also ruined Hamilton's who lost DRS use due to the yellow flags.
14:27 Leclerc is persisting with the medium tyres as both Hamilton and Bottas begin their out-laps on the red-walled soft tyres.
14:25 Very strong lap there from Verstappen who goes within a tenth of Vettel. Now Mercedes what have you got?
14:23 Vettel switches to the soft rubber and raises the bar to a 1:28.392.
14:19 Albon is released from the weighbridge and heads back to the Red Bull garage.
14:17 Daniel Ricciardo puts his Renault into P4, but he was running the softs. As was team-mate Nico Hulkenberg who improves to P7.
14:13 Albon sets the fastest final sector of the session so far to go P2 and split the Mercedes pair. A good start to the session for Albon, the Red Bull man was running the medium tyres like Mercedes.
14:11 A 1:29.469 for Bottas on the mediums, Hamilton slots into P2 0.29s behind. Carlos Sainz improves to P3 with Alex Albon sitting P4 now ahead of Vettel.
14:08 Vettel improves to a 1:30.2 as Bottas sets off on his first flying lap.
14:06 No sign of his team-mate Leclerc going out yet. There are threatening clouds around, so this is a risky move from Ferrari.
14:04 Vettel sets the first time of this session, a 1:30.386 on the medium tyres.
14:02 40% chance of rain officially for this session.
14:01 Vettel is the first man out, he was very eager to get on track.
14:00 The green light goes on. Get set for what should be a far busier FP2 than usual.
13:56 Just a few minutes to go now until FP2 gets underway at a cloudy but calm Suzuka.
13:52 Vital because qualifying has been pushed back to Sunday due to the expected impacts of Typhoon Hagibis, and in the event of qualifying not going ahead, the FP2 standings would set the grid for the race.
13:48 Antonio Giovinazzi suffered a suspected hydraulic issue in FP1 and propped up the standings, he will hope for more running in what could prove a vital FP2 session.
13:44 Red Bull have a new fuel available to them for the weekend. Max Verstappen was able to get within two tenths of Charles Leclerc in FP1, but the big question will be whether they can compete when Ferrari move through their engine modes.
13:39 Ferrari were well adrift in FP1. Sebastian Vettel was their best challenger in P3, yet a second slower than Bottas. Will they turn up the engines in this session?
13:34 Mercedes dominated FP1 with Valtteri Bottas taking top spot 0.076s quicker than team-mate Lewis Hamilton.
13:30 Hello and welcome to coverage of the second free practice session here at Suzuka. All times are local.
11:33 Join us in two hours for second practice, the final practice session of the Japanese GP weekend after Saturday's action was cancelled due to the approaching typhoon. Cheers!
11:32 Mercedes' rivals have a lot to do over the next two hours if they hope to close the gap in FP2.
11:30 The chequered flag is out on FP1 with a dominant 1-2 from Mercedes. Bottas is P1, 0.079s up on Hamilton, while P3 goes to Vettel but he is 0.989s off the pace.
11:26 Alfa Romeo have confirmed a hydraulic leak on Giovinazzi's car. They are still hoping to get him out for a lap before the end of this session but the clock is against them.
11:25 Grosjean and Raikkonen are just outside the top ten, both 0.3s down on Norris' P10 time.
11:21 Yamamoto puts in his 23rd lap and so far so good for the Honda youngster who has not made a single mistake - or at least none that we caught.
11:20 Raikkonen is out for lap number 22 but alas his poor team-mate is still sitting in the pits with just four on the board. Not great especially with Saturday's final practice cut from the schedule.
11:17 Sainz, P1, is best of the rest but is 1.9s off the pace. That is crazy, and worrying, and not great for F1.
11:14 It may just be first practice on Friday but a look at the timesheets will have Mercedes' rivals rather worried. Vettel is the only driver within a second of Bottas' P1 time but he is 0.989s down. Leclerc in fourth is 1.1 with Verstappen a further 0.2 off the pace and Albon 0.3 behind his team-mate.
11:10 Kvyat finally moves ahead of Yamamoto - and likely breathes a sigh of relief at that.
11:08 Gasly, sitting out this session, is on the Toro Rosso pit wall keeping an eye on the action and seeing if there is anything he can learn.
11:05 He is purple in the first sector and again the second, 0.2s up on Hamilton... he goes P1 witha 1:28.731. That put him 0.076s faster than Hamilton.
11:04 Can Bottas respond?
11:03 He is up by 0.3s in the first sector alone! 0.591s in the second!! And goes quickest with a 1:28.807. That is 0.913s faster than Vettel's best.
11:02 Mercedes are back out on track with fresh soft tyres on the W10s. But does Hamilton have an issue as his front left is smoking? Must have been a lock up as everything seems fine now.
11:00 Breaking news: Guenther Steiner, the Haas team boss, has been ordered to see the Japanese GP stewards between FP1 and FP2. The Austrian is being charged with breaching the international sporting code after criticising the stewards at the Russian GP following Kevin Magnussen's 5-second time penalty that cost him P8.
10:58 Lance Stroll is the next to up his pace, jumping up to fifth place in the Racing Point.
10:56 Leclerc only goes green, moving up to second behind his team-mate. He is 0.192s slower.
10:55 Fresh soft boots for Vettel and that's P1. A 1:29.720 for the Ferrari driver who went purple in all three sectors.
10:52 Great lap from Sainz moves him up to fifth place ahead of Vettel and Albon.
10:51 Russell's lapping on fresh softs and jumps up to 15th place in the Williams.
10:48 That was a brief run from Hamilton who is back in the pits in his W10.
10:46 Newby watch: Yamamoto is P17 ahead of the Williams team-mates and Giovinazzi.
10:45 Norris is out on a fresh set of soft Pirellis and improves of his P8 but only as far as seventh. He is 0.910s down on Bottas' P1 time.
10:43 Norris and Hamilton are the first two back out on track. Still no sign of Giovinazzi after he lost power on his fourth lap of the session.
10:40 40 minute mark so time to head back to the pits and return the first set of tyres to Pirelli. Expect a lull to follow.
10:37 A massive lock up from Bottas as he tries to dive down the inside of the corner only to find a slow Leclerc in his path. Those mediums have definitely lost a layer of rubber.
10:34 Leclerc, though, is able to find some time and goes P3, 0.210. He had a rather hairy moment riding the kerbs but managed to keep his SF90 on the track.
10:33 Vettel starts another hot lap on his soft tyres but it is not going to challenge the Mercedes drivers. He loses 1.1s.
10:31 Leclerc has the better of his team-mate in the early running but only just. The Monaco driver does a 1:31.222; Vettel a 1:31.295. Another Ferrari battle on the cards?
10:25 Ferrari have joined the action with Charles Leclerc and Sebastian Vettel heading out in formation.
10:24 Alexander Albon has moved up to third behind the Mercedes drivers with Lando Norris and Romain Grosjean also making their marks on the timesheets. 11 times on the board.
10:19 Antonio Giovinazzi is back in the pits after a rather slow 1:36.8. Did he make a mistake? Nope but he did seem to lose power near the end of the lap. More problems for Alfa? Hope not.
10:17 Yamamoto is out for his first laps in a Formula 1, what a thrill for the young Honda protege. It's a 1:38.5.
10:14 Three purples and Hamilton is down to a 1:30.8/
10:10 First times on the board and we have a Mercedes 1-2 with a 1:31.7 from Hamilton and a 1:31.8 from Bottas. They are the only two drivers to have set times so far.
10:08 Hamilton is out for a run and questioning the wind direction. He's told there is a "headwind into 1". Tomorrow there will just be wind!
10:06 Sainz's MCL has been cleared and we're back to a green track with more installation laps coming through.
10:03 The VSC is out as Sainz's efforts to get his stricken McLaren going haven't worked and it now needs a good push.
10:01 Well everyone except Carlos Sainz who has ground to a halt on the side of the track on his out-lap.
10:00 Green light let's go...
09:57 Breaking news: Qualifying has been postponed to Sunday 10am as F1 and JAF cancel all Saturday activities due to the typhoon.
09:51 We have a new lad in action today, Naoki Yamamoto. The Honda protege will replace Pierre Gasly in the Toro Rosso for FP1.
09:49 Red Bull will be keen to get into the mix having managed just one top three result since F1 returned from the summer break. Max Verstappen, though, fears they could be as much as half a second off the pace per lap.
09:44 Although the first half of the Suzuka circuit is a designed with aerodynamics in minds, the second half is all about power and if there is one thing Ferrari have, that's power. The Scuderia's engine is now the pick of the field while their SF90 has been designed to go fast on straights.
09:42 Mercedes arrive at the Suzuka circuit as the team to beat having won every Japanese GP since the V6 engines arrived in 2014. Red Bull shared the spoils the past three years with Ferrari last on the podium back in 2015. This year, though, many are predicting Ferrari could come to the fore.
09:36 For now, though, the show must go on and it kicks off this morning with first practice.
09:30 The main focus at present is on Typhoon Hagibis which is continue on its course towards Japan. Billed as a "violent" story, the category 5 super storm, is expected to make landfall on Saturday bringing with it high winds and heavy rain. Formula 1 is expected to make a decision this afternoon about postponing qualifying until Sunday morning.
09:00 Good morning and welcome to Suzuka, home of the Japanese Grand Prix and some of Formula 1's best fans! It is Friday which means two 90-practice sessions await. All times are local.
Driver Standings
#DriverTeamTimeGapPits
1 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:34.755 1:21:46.755 2
2 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:32.788 13.343 2
3 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:32.683 13.858 2
4 Alex Albon Red Bull 1:36.370 59.537 2
5 Carlos Sainz McLaren 1:34.735 69.101 1
6 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1:31.728 1 LAP 3
7 Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso 1:38.781 1 LAP 1
8 Sergio Perez Racing Point 1 LAP 2
9 Lance Stroll Racing Point 1:37.110 1 LAP 1
10 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso 1:34.744 1 LAP 1
11 Lando Norris McLaren 1:36.385 1 LAP 2
12 Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo Racing 1:35.937 1 LAP 2
13 Romain Grosjean Haas 1:40.159 1 LAP 1
14 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo Racing 1:34.234 1 LAP 2
15 Kevin Magnussen Haas 1:35.653 1 LAP 2
16 George Russell Williams 1:39.249 1
17 Robert Kubica Williams 1:39.149 2 LAPS 2
DSQ Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1:38.282 1 LAP 1
DSQ Daniel Ricciardo Renault 1:34.101 1 LAP 1
R Max Verstappen Red Bull RETIRED 1
Driver Standings
#DriverTeamTimeGapPits
1 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:27.064 0
2 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1:27.253 0.189 0
3 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:27.293 0.229 0
4 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:27.302 0.238 0
5 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1:27.851 0.787 0
6 Alex Albon Red Bull 1:27.851 0.787 0
7 Carlos Sainz McLaren 1:28.304 1.240 0
8 Lando Norris McLaren 1:28.464 1.400 0
9 Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso 1:28.836 1.772 0
10 Romain Grosjean Haas 1:29.341 2.277 0
Driver Standings
#DriverTeamTimeGapPits
1 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:27.688 0
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:27.826 0.138 0
3 Alex Albon Red Bull 1:28.156 0.468 0
4 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:28.174 0.486 0
5 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1:28.179 0.491 0
6 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1:28.499 0.811 0
7 Lando Norris McLaren 1:28.571 0.883 0
8 Carlos Sainz McLaren 1:28.577 0.889 0
9 Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso 1:28.779 1.091 0
10 Romain Grosjean Haas 1:29.144 1.456 0
11 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo Racing 1:29.254 1.566 0
12 Lance Stroll Racing Point 1:29.345 1.657 0
13 Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo Racing 1:29.358 1.670 0
14 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso 1:29.563 1.875 0
15 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1:30.112 2.424 0
Driver Standings
#DriverTeamTimeGapPits
1 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1:28.405 0
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:28.735 0.330 0
3 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1:28.754 0.349 0
4 Lando Norris McLaren 1:28.873 0.468 0
5 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:28.896 0.491 0
6 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:28.988 0.583 0
7 Carlos Sainz McLaren 1:29.018 0.613 0
8 Alex Albon Red Bull 1:29.351 0.946 0
9 Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso 1:29.411 1.006 0
10 Romain Grosjean Haas 1:29.572 1.167 0
11 Lance Stroll Racing Point 1:29.594 1.189 0
12 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo Racing 1:29.604 1.199 0
13 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1:29.619 1.214 0
14 Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo Racing 1:29.636 1.231 0
15 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso 1:29.723 1.318 0
16 Daniel Ricciardo Renault 1:29.822 1.417 0
17 Sergio Perez Racing Point 1:30.344 1.939 0
18 George Russell Williams 1:30.364 1.959 0
19 Kevin Magnussen Haas 0
20 Robert Kubica Williams 0
Driver Standings
#DriverTeamTimeGapPits
1 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:27.785 0
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:27.885 0.100 0
3 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1:28.066 0.281 0
4 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1:28.141 0.356 0
5 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:28.376 0.591 0
6 Alex Albon Red Bull 1:28.402 0.617 0
7 Carlos Sainz McLaren 1:29.051 1.266 0
8 Sergio Perez Racing Point 1:29.299 1.514 0
9 Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso 1:29.354 1.569 0
10 Lando Norris McLaren 1:29.358 1.573 0
11 Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo Racing 1:29.477 1.692 0
12 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso 1:29.512 1.727 0
13 Romain Grosjean Haas 1:29.553 1.768 0
14 Lance Stroll Racing Point 1:29.597 1.812 0
15 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo Racing 1:29.651 1.866 0
16 Kevin Magnussen Haas 1:29.749 1.964 0
17 Daniel Ricciardo Renault 1:29.859 2.074 0
18 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1:30.334 2.549 0
19 Robert Kubica Williams 1:30.916 3.131 0
20 George Russell Williams 1:31.071 3.286 0
Driver Standings
#DriverTeamTimeGapPits
1 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:28.731 0
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:28.807 0.076 0
3 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:29.720 0.989 0
4 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1:29.912 1.181 0
5 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1:30.046 1.315 0
6 Alex Albon Red Bull 1:30.375 1.644 0
7 Carlos Sainz McLaren 1:30.702 1.971 0
8 Sergio Perez Racing Point 1:30.810 2.079 0
9 Lance Stroll Racing Point 1:30.959 2.228 0
10 Lando Norris McLaren 1:31.001 2.270 0
10 Sakon Yamamoto HRT 0
11 Romain Grosjean Haas 1:31.283 2.552 0
12 Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo Racing 1:31.307 2.576 0
13 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1:31.426 2.695 0
14 Daniel Ricciardo Renault 1:31.563 2.832 0
15 Kevin Magnussen Haas 1:31.785 3.054 0
16 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso 1:31.920 3.189 0
17 Naoki Yamamoto Toro Rosso 1:32.018 3.287 0
18 George Russell Williams 1:32.800 4.069 0
19 Robert Kubica Williams 1:33.484 4.753 0
20 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo Racing 1:36.887 8.156 0
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