08 October 08:15
08 October 08:21
Mick Schumacher makes it into Q2. This is a good result given his limited running yesterday. His Haas teammate Kevin Magnussen is eliminated.
Fernando Alonso lifts his Alpine into 4th. Could he be within a chance of starting on the front or second row in tomorrow's race?
08 October 08:35
The initial times are in and Verstappen is quickest with a 1:30.346. Sainz and Leclerc are next on the timesheet. Daniel Ricciardo is doing well in the McLaren, now running in 5th. At risk of elimination are Norris, Vettel, Guanyu, Schumacher, and Tsunoda.
There are 5 minutes remaining in Q2.
08 October 08:40
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08 October 09:04
08 October 09:13
Runaway championship leader Max Verstappen took pole position on Saturday for the Japanese Grand Prix as he attempts to clinch his second straight world title this weekend in Suzuka.
The Red Bull driver topped the timesheets in dry conditions with a time of 1min 29.304, just 0.010 secs ahead of Ferrari's Charles Leclerc, his nearest championship rival. Carlos Sainz was third in the other Ferrari. But Verstappen could find himself in hot water after stewards said they would investigate an incident involving the Dutchman and McLaren's Lando Norris.
Norris was forced onto the grass to avoid hitting Verstappen, with the Red Bull driver muttering "unbelievable" over his team radio but later apologising. Verstappen can clinch the title on Sunday if he wins the race with the fastest lap, no matter what his rivals do. The Dutchman will also retain his crown if he wins and Leclerc is third or lower.
"It was incredible to drive here again and of course very happy to be on pole, but just super happy to be back here," said Verstappen, whose car lost a chunk of bodywork on his last lap, after he ran wide on a section of the track.
"I lost a bit of my duct on that last lap which is why I didn't improve. Tomorrow will be interesting with the weather."
Showers are forecast for Sunday.
"It's a very tricky lap around here, I lost the tyres in the last section so lost some time," said Leclerc after just losing out on pole.
"We'll try and have a good race, we have a very limited amount of data so that's always a challenge. Let's wait and see the conditions - should be a fun race."
Sergio Perez, in the other Red Bull, was fourth. AlphaTauri's Pierre Gasly failed to make it past Q1 after an issue with his brakes. The Frenchman, who announced earlier in the day that he will replace two-time world champion Fernando Alonso at Alpine next season, was furious.
"I feel we could have managed this situation a bit better," Gasly told TV reporters.
09 October 07:01
09 October 07:07
Lap 1/53: Leclerc had a good start and looked to threaten Verstappen's lead into Turn 1, but the Red Bull driver gave the Ferrari man no inch and kept the position. Vettel had issues after the race start, but managed to keep his car going.
Sainz and Albon are out of the race, while Guanyu and Gasly sustained damage. The safety car has been deployed.
09 October 07:27
UPDATE: The race is still red-flagged and the remaining drivers in this race are in the pits. The rain is intensifying a bit, putting the race's running in doubt. More, F1 has a two-hour race limit. And with the race already stopped for more than 20 minutes, we have less than 1 hour 40 min of running left.
And the longer we see inactivity, the shorter the race will be once it (hopefully) resumes.
09 October 07:38
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09 October 09:33
Mick Schumacher is the only driver on the full-wet tyre, but he is around 5 seconds per lap slower! He is currently running in 3rd, but will surely drop to the back of the field when he pits.
There are 30min remaining in the race.
09 October 09:37
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09 October 09:54
10min remaining: Hamilton is still trying to pass Ocon, but the Alpine has a tremendous top speed. Given the Mercedes' wet-weather setup for this race, it's best for Hamilton to attack into one of the braking zones, but not down the main straight.
Perez, meanwhile, is closing in on Leclerc, who is 16sec down on Verstappen.
09 October 09:59
09 October 10:14
Max Verstappen took a commanding victory in a wet Japanese Grand Prix. After the race was delayed for more than two hours, the Red Bull driver led the field around the track when it was declared safe to restart behind the safety car.
Charles Leclerc (Ferrari) who was in second place for most of the race, was handed a five-second penalty after the race for leaving the track and gaining an unfair advantage over third-placed Sergio Perez. The penalty lifts the Red Bull to third, handing the championship to Verstappen.
1. Max Verstappen
2. Sergio Perez
3. Charles Leclerc
4. Esteban Ocon
5. Lewis Hamilton
6. Sebastian Vettel
7. Fernando Alonso
8. George Russell
9. Nicholas Latifi
10. Lando Norris