Japanese GP (2015)

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24 Sep - 27 Sep
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An historic 30th all-Silver-Arrow front row at Sochi

Nico Rosberg: "I really hope for a clean race, it will be a great battle with Lewis.

Suzuka was a race to forget for Red Bull, says Horner

Christian Horner admits that the Japanese Grand Prix was a “race to forget” for Red Bull Racing after neither driver scored points for the first time this season.

Verstappen: Passing Alonso the highlight at Suzuka

Toro Rosso driver Max Verstappen says overtaking Fernando Alonso was the highlight of his Japanese Grand Prix.

Analysis: Is it game over for Red Bull in F1?

Red Bull's engine dramas have unfolded in a way that not even that team would have predicted. Is this the end of the road for Red Bull in F1 or is there light at the end of the tunnel? Jonathan Noble analyses a fascinating situation.

Alexander Rossi completes another positive race at Japanese GP

Rossi ended the 53 lap race in 18th position, ahead of his team-mate Will Stevens in 19th place, and in a reversal of their starting positions.

Power deficit hurt Rosberg at the start

Mercedes has revealed that Nico Rosberg's poor start at the Japanese Grand Prix was not helped by his engine running hotter than teammate Lewis Hamilton's.

Analysis: The Japanese GP battle that TV never showed

The normal order was restored at Suzuka following Mercedes' struggles in Singapore but, thanks to the TV cameras mostly ignoring the German cars, fans did not see Lewis Hamilton's charge to victory. Here is what you missed.

For the second time in a row Toro Rosso finishes with both cars in the points

Max Verstappen: "To go from P17 to P9 at a track like this one is a good result and I’m happy to have scored points again, it was a very good day!”

Both Lotus drivers completes the Japanese GP in the top eight

Romain Grosjean took seventh, with Pastor Maldonado finishing just 1.3 seconds behind him in eighth.

Sahara Force India scored eight points in today’s Japanese GP

Nico Hulkenberg finished in sixth place and Sergio Perez suffered a puncture on the opening lap, which cost the Mexican the chance of scoring points.

A tough race for the Williams team at Suzuka

Valtteri Bottas: "Not a perfect day for us, but we will take the ten points."

Suzuka 1-2 as the Silver Arrows strike back

Lewis Hamilton: "I also want to thank my fans who have supported me all this way, and still we rise."

Hulkenberg elated to outscore both Lotus drivers

Force India made further inroads to safeguard fifth in the constructors' championship in the Japanese Grand Prix after Nico Hulkenberg finished sixth ahead of both Lotus drivers.

Dennis unimpressed with Alonso's radio comments

McLaren chairman Ron Dennis says he is not impressed with the way that Fernando Alonso labelled Honda's engine performance as 'embarrassing' in the Japanese Grand Prix.

Vettel thinks strategy cost him second

Sebastian Vettel believes he could have finished second in the Japanese Grand Prix had he managed to stay in front of Nico Rosberg in the second round of pitstops.

Mercedes baffled by lack of TV coverage

Niki Lauda wants to speak to Bernie Ecclestone next week about why the Mercedes cars did not feature in television coverage of the Japanese Grand Prix.

Alonso and Button vent after Suzuka struggles

McLaren-Honda drivers Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button have spoken of their frustrations with a shortage of horsepower during a difficult Japanese Grand Prix.

Dennis declares Button's McLaren contract “intact” for 2016

McLaren chief Ron Dennis has confirmed that Jenson Button will partner Fernando Alonso at McLaren next year, following Sunday’s Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka.

Japanese GP: Post-race press conference

Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes), Nico Rosberg (Mercedes), Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari).

Hamilton downplays start move: "It was my corner"

Lewis Hamilton feels he did nothing wrong in his battle with teammate Nico Rosberg at the start of the Japanese Grand Prix.

Japanese GP: Hamilton squeezes out Rosberg to score eighth win of 2015

Lewis Hamilton extended his F1 World Championship lead with victory in the Japanese Grand Prix, his second success at Suzuka on the trot.

A good qualifying session for Lotus at Suzuka

Romain Grosjean: "For the race, we’ll certainly aim to keep the starting position and score some points."

Red Bull's Kvyat will start from pit lane on tomorrow's Japanese GP

Christian Horner: “He [Daniil Kvyat] will have to start from pit lane and has nothing to lose so he will be running an aggressive race."

Bottas qualifies third and Massa fifth for tomorrow’s Japanese GP

Valtteri Bottas: "We have limited data on tyre wear due to the conditions yesterday, but starting third we need to target the podium tomorrow."

The Silver Arrows secure 10th front row lockout of the season at Suzuka

Nico Rosberg: "It seems that we are coming back stronger here than in Singapore."

Tyre pressures could cause 'unpredictable' Japanese GP

Formula 1 drivers are bracing themselves for a tough and unpredictable Japanese Grand Prix thanks to the higher tyre pressure limits laid down by Pirelli.

Kvyat to get new chassis after qualifying crash

Daniil Kvyat will have to start from the pitlane for the Japanese Grand Prix after requiring a new chassis following his massive qualifying crash.

Perez says Lotus will be Force India's target at Suzuka

As Force India battles Lotus for the fifth spot in the constructors' championship, Sergio Perez has set his eyes on beating the Enstone team on Sunday in the Japanese Grand Prix.

Vettel hopes to turn things around at the start

Sebastian Vettel is hoping to turn his chances of a strong result in the Japanese Grand Prix around at the start of the race after a difficult qualifying.

Button frustrated by McLaren mistake

Jenson Button says his McLaren cannot afford to make silly mistakes like the one which cost him a place in Q2 during qualifying for the Japanese Grand Prix.

Kvyat admits to “rookie mistake” after crash

Daniil Kvyat has conceded that a “rookie mistake” was to blame for his spectacular crash at the end of Japanese Grand Prix qualifying.

Japanese GP: Post-qualifying press conference

Nico Rosberg (Mercedes), Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes), Valtteri Bottas (Williams).

Japanese GP: Rosberg on pole as Kvyat escapes huge crash

Nico Rosberg will start the Japanese Grand Prix from pole position after beating Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton to the top spot in qualifying.

Vettel and Hulkenberg summoned to see stewards

Sebastian Vettel and Nico Hulkenberg were summoned to the race stewards ahead of qualifying for the Japanese Grand Prix.

Japanese GP: Rosberg fastest in dry third free practice

Nico Rosberg set the pace in the first dry running of the Japanese Grand Prix weekend at Suzuka, ahead of Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton and Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo.

Rosberg “not panicking” as he runs contaminated Monza engine

Nico Rosberg’s concerns that he’s worse off with engines than Mercedes teammate and world title rival Lewis Hamilton have been eased as he ran his new-for-Monza engine in practice at Suzuka today.

Mercedes: Limited running in wet conditions on Day One at Suzuka

Lewis Hamilton: "There is nothing we really learned today so everything needs to be done tomorrow."

Force India prepared for wet weather, says Perez

Sergio Perez feels Force India is ready for a wet weekend, should the weather remain the same on Saturday and Sunday at Suzuka for the Japanese Grand Prix.

Verstappen now 'too busy' to take driving test

Max Verstappen may finally be old enough to take his driving test next Wednesday, but says he is now too busy racing in Formula 1 to book a date just yet.

McLaren hopes to convince Button to stay

McLaren says it is still hoping it can convince Jenson Button to remain at its Formula 1 team next year, despite the uncertainty about his future.

Japanese GP: Friday's press conference

Jonathan Neale (McLaren), Yasuhisa Arai (Honda), Luigi Fraboni (Ferrari), Paddy Lowe (Mercedes), Christian Horner (Red Bull Racing)

Kvyat warns Red Bull’s Friday pace “means nothing”

Daniil Kvyat was cautious on Red Bull’s prospects for the Japanese Grand Prix weekend despite topping a rain-affected second practice session, saying the timesheets “mean nothing.”

Japanese GP: Kvyat quickest in rain-hit FP2

Daniil Kvyat set the pace in a wet second free practice for the Japanese Grand Prix, as the rain restricted the running once again.

Japanese GP: Sensational Sainz masters wet conditions at Suzuka

Rookie Carlos Sainz Jr topped an official Formula 1 session with Toro Rosso for the first time in his short career in the opening free practice session at Suzuka.

Alonso: McLaren-Honda deserves criticism

Fernando Alonso says that the McLaren-Honda partnership deserves to be criticised for its lack of progress this season, as it prepares for more tough times on the engine manufacturer's home turf.

Raikkonen ready to support Vettel in F1 title battle

Kimi Raikkonen says he will support Ferrari teammate Sebastian Vettel if the German becomes a serious title contender in the coming weeks.

McLaren to test new gearbox solution after Singapore issues

McLaren will test new gearbox solutions in Friday practice for the Japanese Grand Prix in the wake of its double failure in Singapore last weekend.

Bianchi's father says he still can't watch F1

Jules Bianchi's father has said he still cannot bear to watch Formula 1 races, as the anniversary of his son's accident approaches.

Sainz says no problems with "bad boy" Verstappen

Carlos Sainz says there is no tension with Toro Rosso teammate Max Verstappen following their team orders incident during the Singapore Grand Prix.

Lotus remains hopeful despite freight delay

Lotus is hopeful that its latest financial drama, which meant freight arrived late at the Suzuka track, will not hamper its running at the Japanese Grand Prix.

Vettel: Mercedes still clear favourite for F1 titles

Sebastian Vettel insists that Mercedes remains clear favourite for the Formula 1 world championship, despite his Singapore Grand Prix triumph.

Button says no decision on F1 future yet

Jenson Button said on Thursday that he had no news about his future yet, despite speculation suggesting he would announce his retirement from Formula 1 this weekend.

Japanese GP: Thursday's press conference

Nico Hulkenberg (Force India), Max Verstappen (Toro Rosso), Will Stevens (Manor), Valtteri Bottas (Williams), Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari), Jenson Button (McLaren)

Perez: Renault switch was “a serious option”

Sergio Perez has admitted that moving to Renault had been a serious option for him, before he eventually decided to commit his Formula 1 future to Force India.

Manor: Bianchi memories will dominate thoughts at Suzuka

Manor team principal John Booth has admitted that this weekend’s Japanese Grand Prix will be an emotional one for the team as it returns to the scene of Jules Bianchi’s fatal accident.