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  1. Post update

    “No shift,” Antonio Giovinazzi is told. That’s our second problem in 20 minutes. Back to the pits for him so no stoppage.

  2. Post update

    We’re back under way now and it is Mercedes straight to the top two. Lewis Hamilton with a 1:30.881, only four hundredths quicker than Bottas.

    Lewis Hamilton

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    Your memories of F1 extreme weather #bbcf1

    Jennifer Harris: Memories of Suzuka in the rain? Think it was 2004, sat through a very soggy Friday and an announcement that Saturday was cancelled, only for the typhoon to veer off overnight and all the engineers had a very pleasant day off walking round Yokkaichi in t-shirts and shorts.

    Japanese GP 2004

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  4. Vettel & Leclerc say dispute is over

    Ferrari drivers Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc

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    Ferrari drivers Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc say they have put their dispute over team orders at the Russian Grand Prix behind them.

    Vettel ignored orders to let Leclerc by him a number of times in the early laps of the race, reneging on a pre-race agreement between the drivers and team.

    “We spoke about it, more than once. It is pretty clear and now it is two weeks ago, so moving forward,” said Vettel.

    Leclerc said “everything is clear” over what he called a “misunderstanding”.

    The 21-year-old from Monaco added: “Obviously it felt like it was a huge deal from the outside – which it definitely wasn’t. But, yeah, now everything is fine.”

  5. Post update

    The big story from the last race was team orders from Ferrari, which Sebastian Vettel just, well, ignored.

    Nothing to see here is how Ferrari are trying to downplay the incident…

  6. Post update

    A dry start to the weekend. Enjoy it while you can.


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    Steven: Britain 2008. Hamilton’s masterclass victory at home was excellent viewing as a McLaren fan. Several great GPs in the wet that year – Italy, Brazil…

    Hamilton’ 2008 Brazil

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  8. We race as normal on Sunday

    No action on Saturday, a longer day on Sunday.

    Plenty of time for Verstappen v Sainz in Fifa then. Sainz may be able to get some practice in this session with his car not fit for purpose.

  9. Virtual safety car

    It’s going to be a stop-start weekend and that Sainz failure sees an early virtual safety car.

  10. Problems for Sainz

    You know it’s not going to be a good weekend for you when your car conks out 30 seconds into the first session.

    That’s what has just happened to Carlos Sainz, whose McLaren grinds to a halt about 100m from the pit lane.

  11. FP1 session is go!

  12. We’re live

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    Listen to the excellent BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra commentary team of Jack Nichols, Jolyon Palmer and Jennie Gow by pressing the play button at the top.

  13. BreakingSaturday. Cancelled!


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  14. Yamamoto’s big moment

    It is very cloudy at the moment, but dry. Which will be a massive relief for Japanese driver Naoki Yamamoto, who steps into Pierre Gasly’s Toro Rosso for his first experience of an F1 weekend.


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  16. I’m not here to be liked – Verstappen

    Max Verstappen

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    Speaking of the Dutchman, we’ve got some excellent content for you…

    Taking on Hamilton and getting under Leclerc’s skin in a sport that’s “all about winning” – Red Bull’s Max Verstappen tells BBC Sport’s Andrew Benson why he’s determined to win.

    Read more of Andrew’s exclusive feature with Max here.

  17. ‘If you’re ready to lose’

    As soon as we know what is happening regarding the rest of the weekend then we will tell you.

    If there is no on-track action on Saturday, Max Verstappen and Carlos Sainz already know what they will be doing – challenging each other in a Fifa session.

    Verstappen seems as aggressive on the computer as he is on the track.

  18. ‘Air feels damp and heavy’

    There is a palpable sense of expectation, of the
    calm before the storm, around the Japanese Grand Prix. Literally, in this case.
    There is still and calm atmosphere, but the air feels damp and heavy, as if
    it’s holding something back, waiting. Perhaps it’s suggestion.

    Because off
    shore, Typhoon Hagibis is moving inexorably on towards the mainland. If it’s as
    bad as it looks, there is surely no way qualifying can happen on Saturday, but
    that decision will not finally be made until later today.

  19. Post update

    Morning! Wakey wakey.

    It’s an early start for us all and welcome along to BBC Sport’s coverage of what should be the opening two practice sessions for the Japanese Grand Prix.

    How much action will we see over the next few days? Will we all get a day off on Saturday? Will qualifying and the race all take place on the same day? Who knows?

  20. The calm before the storm…

    Suzuka. One of the highlights of any Formula 1 season.

    The drivers love the track and the fans love the drama.

    This weekend it’s very much into the unknown though with Typhoon Hagibis expected to hit, and hit hard at some point in the weekend.


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