Japanese GP (2017)

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Vettel DNF a "killer blow" for F1 fans, says Horner

Sebastian Vettel’s retirement from the Japanese Grand Prix is a ‘killer blow’ to fans hoping for a thrilling end to the Formula 1 title battle, reckons Red Bull boss Christian Horner.

Massa column: Renault now biggest threat for fifth place

Motorsport.com columnist Felipe Massa feels the Japanese GP has boosted Williams in its quest for fifth place in the F1 2017 constructors' championship - but he expects a stern challenge from Renault over the remaining rounds.

Strategy Report: How Red Bull made Mercedes jump to its tune

James Allen takes a strategic review of the Japanese Grand Prix, and analyses the battle for the win and some midfield team orders.

Japanese Grand Prix: what the drivers said

The best quotes from all drivers following the Japanese Grand Prix, which was won by Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton.

Tech analysis: How Mercedes tamed its 'diva' in Japan

Mercedes arrived in Japan hoping to lay to rest the ghosts that blighted its relative pace to Ferrari and Red Bull in the last few races.

Red Bull: 'Magic' engine mode explains Suzuka pace swing

Red Bull thinks that the lack of a 'magic' engine mode for Q3 explained its confusing pace at the Japanese Grand Prix – as it struggled in qualifying before being able to match Mercedes in the race.

The catalogue of errors that have smashed Vettel's title hopes

Another nail was driven into Sebastian Vettel's 2017 World Championship bid's coffin at Suzuka, but he and Ferrari can look back further than the last three races to find days when crucial points went begging this season.

Japanese Grand Prix driver ratings

No perfect scores from Suzuka from Ben Anderson, but there were some very strong performances scattered through the field on Sunday.

Analysis: How Verstappen assumed Vettel's mantle in Suzuka

It wasn't so long ago that Sebastian Vettel was leading the Formula 1 world championship, and it seemed likely that his battle with Lewis Hamilton would go all the way to Abu Dhabi.

Raikkonen: Ferrari's run of engine problems "a bit weird"

Kimi Raikkonen says Ferrari’s recent run of Formula 1 engine failures is “a bit weird”, after the outfit lost more ground in the drivers’ and constructors’ championship in Japan. 

Mercedes: We can't celebrate until we understand our 'diva'

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff says his team has no reason to celebrate in Formula 1 yet – because it needs to get to the bottom of its troublesome ‘diva’.

Statistics: Hamilton rules in Suzuka

Motorsport.com presents statistics and interesting figures from the Japanese Grand Prix, which was won by Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton.

Palmer admits Renault split timing "makes sense"

Jolyon Palmer admits that the timing of his departure from Renault “made sense” following his final race with the team, and possibly Formula 1, at Suzuka.

Gallery: Hamilton storms to victory in Suzuka

We bring you the best images of the Japanese Grand Prix in Suzuka, where Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton recorded his eighth victory of the season.

Tyre blister blunted Verstappen victory charge - Horner

A blistered front-left tyre was the main reason why Max Verstappen couldn't attack Lewis Hamilton for victory in the Japanese Grand Prix, according to Red Bull boss Christian Horner.

Ferrari ran out of time to change Vettel spark plug

Ferrari ran out of time to change the spark plug on Sebastian Vettel's car after detecting a problem when the German left the garage to take the start in the Japanese Grand Prix.

Vettel on cusp of grid penalty after reprimand

Sebastian Vettel is one reprimand away from a grid penalty after being punished for missing the national anthem ahead of the Japanese Grand Prix.

Alonso reprimanded for ignoring blue flags

Fernando Alonso has been been handed a reprimand for ignoring blue flags in the final part of the Japanese Grand Prix.

Renewed confidence aids Bottas bid to overhaul Vettel

Valtteri Bottas has firmly set his sights on Sebastian Vettel’s second place in the World Drivers’ Championship now that his confidence in the handling of his Mercedes returned in the Japanese Grand Prix.

Verstappen: Passing Hamilton impossible even without traffic

Max Verstappen believes he wouldn't have beaten Lewis Hamilton to victory in the Japanese Grand Prix even without losing time in the traffic late on.

Points gap to Vettel "unbelievable" - Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton has admitted he "could only have dreamed" of building his "unbelievable" championship lead over Sebastian Vettel with four races to go in the Formula 1 season.

Japanese GP: Top 10 quotes after race

Lewis took his 61st career victory today - his third at the Suzuka International Racing Circuit, eighth of the 2017 season and 40th win with the Silver Arrows

Japanese GP: Hamilton holds off Verstappen to win, Vettel retires

Lewis Hamilton took another step towards this year's Formula 1 title with victory in the Japanese Grand Prix, narrowly beating Max Verstappen, while Sebastian Vettel's championship hopes suffered a blow.

"Hurt" Vettel says he now needs to "protect" Ferrari

Sebastian Vettel thinks it is essential he "protects" his Ferrari Formula 1 team right now from the inevitable criticism it will face amid its latest reliability drama.

Vettel title hopes suffer major blow after Suzuka DNF

Sebastian Vettel's world championship hopes suffered another blow in the Japanese Grand Prix when he was forced to retire early on following a spark plug failure.

Mercedes explains Suzuka recovery from Malaysia "disaster"

Mercedes believes that cooler temperatures in Japan, allied to changes made to its car ahead of the weekend, were key to it recovering from its Malaysia "disaster".

Honda "very ashamed" by Alonso's grid penalty

Honda Formula 1 boss Yusuke Hasegawa says he is "ashamed" by the grid penalty Fernando Alonso has incurred for McLaren-Honda's home race in Japan.

Gallery: Maiden Suzuka pole position for Lewis Hamilton

We present the best pictures from the qualifying round for the Japanese Grand Prix. Lewis Hamilton took his first pole position in Japan and will will have Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel alongside for the start of the race.

Ricciardo expected Red Bull to be closer to Mercedes

The Red Bull Formula 1 team's pace so far during the Japanese Grand Prix weekend has been worse than expected, according to Daniel Ricciardo.

Grosjean baffled by Q1 crash at Suzuka

Romain Grosjean admitted he could not really explain the reason for his big accident during qualifying for the Japanese Grand Prix.

Perez escapes penalty despite impeding Stroll

Sergio Perez has escaped punishment despite being found to have impeded Williams driver Lance Stroll during Japanese Grand Prix qualifying.

Raikkonen paid "hefty price" for FP3 mistake

Kimi Raikkonen says he paid a "hefty price" for his mistake in final Japanese Grand Prix practice which hampered his Formula 1 qualifying preparations and forced a gearbox penalty.

Vettel admits extra risk in Q3 didn't work

Sebastian Vettel says he took extra risk in the final part of qualifying for Formula 1's Japanese Grand Prix because of Valtteri Bottas's grid penalty, but it "didn't work".

Hamilton: Record Suzuka pole lap felt "insane"

Lewis Hamilton described the feeling behind the wheel of his Mercedes Formula 1 car as "insane" after taking his first Suzuka pole position in Japanese Grand Prix qualifying.

Japanese GP: Top 10 quotes after race

Lewis Hamilton claimed his 71st career pole position - his tenth of the 2017 season and his first ever at the Suzuka International Racing Circuit

Japanese GP: Hamilton flies to first Suzuka pole ahead of Bottas

Lewis Hamilton secured his first-ever Formula 1 pole position at Suzuka in qualifying for the Japanese Grand Prix, beating Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas by over three tenths of a second.

FIA clamps down on drying F1 grid slots

Formula 1 teams have been told by the FIA that rules banning them from drying the grid before the start of races will be rigorously enforced from now on, following controversy at the Malaysian Grand Prix.

Gallery: Key F1 tech shots at Japanese GP

A selection of the best technical images from Suzuka courtesy of Giorgio Piola, Sutton Images and LAT Images.

Japanese GP: Bottas tops FP3 despite causing red flag

Valtteri Bottas edged out Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton to set the pace in final practice for the Japanese Grand Prix, but crashed to end his session early. 

Pirelli predicts two-stop strategies at Suzuka

Pirelli is predicting a two-stop race in the Japanese Grand Prix, something that will ensure more strategic variety – and potentially more excitement around the pitstops – than most dry races have seen in 2017.

Why the warning signs are still lurking for Mercedes at Suzuka

After two races on the back foot, Lewis Hamilton declared Mercedes "back to normal" on Friday at the Japanese Grand Prix. But there's plenty of evidence that 'normal' doesn't mean dominance anymore.

Japanese GP: Friday's press conference

TEAM REPRESENTATIVES – Cyril ABITEBOUL (Renault), James ALLISON (Mercedes), Mattia BINOTTO (Ferrari), Yusuke HASEGAWA (Honda), Ayao KOMATSU (Haas), Paddy LOWE (Williams).

Sainz admits he has no explanation for FP1 crash

Carlos Sainz admitted he had no explanation for his accident in opening practice for the Japanese Grand Prix, but conceded it was his fault.

Hamilton says Mercedes car "back to normal" at Suzuka

Lewis Hamilton says his Mercedes Formula 1 car feels "back to normal" in Japan following the struggles of the past two races in Malaysia and Singapore.

Red Bull faces Suzuka downforce dilemma - Ricciardo

Red Bull faces a downforce settings dilemma for the Japanese Grand Prix, reckons Daniel Ricciardo.

Japanese GP: Hamilton tops second practice washout

Second practice for the Japanese Grand Prix was a near-washout following heavy rain, with Lewis Hamilton the quickest of the five drivers to set a timed lap.

Japanese GP: Vettel heads Hamilton in opening practice

Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel set the pace in first practice for the Japanese Grand Prix, edging out title rival Lewis Hamilton by two tenths in a session interrupted by a major crash for Carlos Sainz.

Japanese GP: Thursday's press conference

DRIVERS – Felipe MASSA (Williams), Daniel RICCIARDO (Red Bull Racing), Lance STROLL (Williams), Stoffel VANDOORNE (McLaren), Valtteri BOTTAS (Mercedes), Pascal WEHRLEIN (Sauber).

It is a great atmosphere at Suzuka ahead of the Japanese Grand Prix

A gallery of Formula 1 supporters, drivers and crew and officials before the weekend's Formula 1 race in Suzuka.

Hamilton "hesitant" over team's preferred Suzuka aero strategy

Lewis Hamilton says he and the Mercedes Formula 1 team will decide on Thursday evening whether to run the team's latest aerodynamic package during the Japanese Grand Prix weekend.

Gallery: Last 20 winners of the Japanese GP

Japan's Suzuka circuit has hosted some of the most memorable F1 races and title deciders of all time. We recall all drivers who've won the iconic race in the last 20 years.

Alonso: McLaren could face Honda upgrade dilemma at Suzuka

Fernando Alonso says McLaren and Honda will face a tough dilemma if there is an engine upgrade available for this weekend’s Japanese Grand Prix.

Promoted: Japanese Grand Prix preview with F1 Experiences

Lewis Hamilton's bid for a fourth Formula 1 world championship gained momentum with second place in the Malaysian Grand Prix, extending his lead over Sebastian Vettel to 34 points.

Vettel fears "bad surprise" after Stroll accident

Sebastian Vettel says he is fearing a "bad surprise" as Ferrari assesses his Formula 1 gearbox for damage after his collision with Lance Stroll in Malaysia.