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Japanese Grand Prix: Full coverage

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Can things get any worse for Ferrari? (1:01)

More engine problems for Ferrari costs Sebastian Vettel vital points in his Championship fight, leaving him needing a miracle to catch Lewis Hamilton. (1:01)

A round-up of all the reaction across the weekend of the Japanese Grand Prix, the 16th round of the 2017 Formula One championship.

Race

Report: Hamilton on brink of title with Japan win, Vettel retires
Lewis Hamilton is on the brink of a fourth world title after extending his championship lead to 59 points with victory at the Japanese Grand Prix while title rival Sebastian Vettel retired with an early engine issue.

Story of the Race: Ferrari implodes again as Red Bull impresses
A round-up of the main talking points from the Japanese Grand Prix, where another engine failure for Ferrari moved Lewis Hamilton closer to the 2017 championship crown.

Driver reaction: Who said what after the 2017 Japanese GP
ESPN rounds up all the reaction from up and down the Suzuka paddock following the 2017 Japanese Grand Prix.

Ricciardo pranks Hamilton with Instagram takeover
Formula One podiums just aren't the same without Daniel Ricciardo...

Bottas understands Mercedes swap decision
Valtteri Bottas says he "completely understands" Mercedes' request for him to switch positions with Lewis Hamilton at the Japanese Grand Prix.

Vettel nears grid penalty with reprimand
Sebastian Vettel received a reprimand for missing the national anthem at the Japanese Grand Prix and will be hit with a ten-place penalty if he receives a further reprimand for a driving offence this season.

Alonso given penalty points for blocking leaders
Fernando Alonso was reprimanded and given two penalty points on his superlicence for holding up the leading drivers at the Japanese Grand Prix.

Lewis: I didn't want to let Max have another win
Having lost a win to Max Verstappen one week earlier, Lewis Hamilton had extra incentive to keep the Red Bull driver behind in the closing stages of the Japanese Grand Prix.

Verstappen doubts Hamilton pass was possible
Max Verstappen reckons there was no way past Lewis Hamilton at the Japanese Grand Prix, even though traffic brought him into play in the closing stages of the race.

Vettel keen to 'protect' Ferrari after Suzuka retirement
Despite admitting his early retirement from the Japanese Grand Prix "hurt", Sebastian Vettel was keen to deflect criticism of Ferrari despite the ramifications it had on his championship chances.

FP3 and qualifying

Driver reaction: Who said what after qualifying for the Japanese GP
ESPN rounds up all the reaction from up and down the Suzuka paddock following qualifying for the 2017 Japanese Grand Prix.

How Mercedes recovered from Malaysian GP 'disaster'
Mercedes has outlined the reasons it believes were vital in the team's recovery from its Malaysian Grand Prix "disaster", after setting the pace during qualifying for the Japanese Grand Prix.

Renault confirms Japan as Palmer's last race
Renault has announced Jolyon Palmer will leave the team after Sunday's Japanese Grand Prix, with Carlos Sainz replacing the Briton from the US Grand Prix.

Gasly keeps STR seat for US GP, Kvyat returns
Pierre Gasly and Daniil Kvyat will race for Toro Rosso at the US Grand Prix, following Carlos Sainz's move to Renault as Jolyon Palmer's replacement.

Grosjean: Crash cause not crystal clear
Romain Grosjean was left perplexed as to what caused his big crash during qualifying for the Japanese Grand Prix.

Red Bull splits aero setups between cars in Suzuka
Red Bull split the setups on the cars of Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo ahead of qualifying for the Japanese Grand Prix, but they were still split by just 0.026s.

Bottas: Beating Kimi in Q3 was key after penalties
After losing a front row start to a gearbox penalty incurred earlier in the weekend, Valtteri Bottas is taking comfort from the fact he will start the race several places ahead of Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen.

Bottas tops final practice despite crashing out
Valtteri Bottas set the fastest time in the final practice session for the Japanese Grand Prix despite crashing out with 20 minutes remaining.

Honda problems result in Alonso grid penalty at Suzuka
Fernando Alonso will receive a 35-place grid penalty at the Japanese Grand Prix after McLaren-Honda was forced to change his car's power unit overnight.

Hamilton romps to record-breaking Japan pole
Lewis Hamilton smashed the track record at Suzuka to claim a comfortable pole position for the Japanese Grand Prix, where he will start ahead of title rival Sebastian Vettel on the front row.

Story of qualifying: Hamilton supreme as Mercedes returns to form in style
A look at the main talking points from qualifying for the Japanese Grand Prix, where Mercedes proved it has overcome the blip of Singapore and Malaysia with a dominant pole position at Suzuka.

Raikkonen gets grid penalty for gearbox change
Kimi Raikkonen's crash in final practice has forced Ferrari to change the gearbox in his car, meaning he will drop five places from wherever he qualifies in Japan.

Vettel expects close fight with Hamilton in race
Sebastian Vettel is confident he can put polesitter and championship rival Lewis Hamilton under pressure at the Japanese Grand Prix having secured second on the grid

Raikkonen paid 'hefty price' for error in FP3
Kimi Raikkonen has put his costly FP3 crash at Suzuka down to driver error.

Hamilton blown away by 'insane' pole lap
Lewis Hamilton compared driving his Mercedes Formula One car to riding the "craziest roller coaster" after storming to pole position at the Japanese Grand Prix.

Friday practice

Vettel fastest in first practice at Suzuka
Sebastian Vettel set the fastest time in the opening practice session for the Japanese Grand Prix as Ferrari, Mercedes and Red Bull all looked competitive over a single lap.

Hamilton tops wet second practice
Lewis Hamilton set the fastest lap in a soaking wet second practice session for the Japanese Grand Prix.

Driver reaction: Who said what after Friday practice for the Japanese GP
ESPN rounds up all the reaction from up and down the Suzuka paddock following Friday practice for the 2017 Japanese Grand Prix.

Bottas hit by Suzuka grid penalty
Valtteri Bottas will receive a five-place grid penalty at the Japanese Grand Prix after Mercedes was forced to make an unscheduled gearbox change on his car.

Hamilton: Mercedes performance 'back to normal' in Japan
Lewis Hamilton says his Mercedes car feels "back to normal" following Friday practice at the Japanese Grand Prix, after the team struggled for pace in Malaysia and Singapore.

Sainz: No explanation for FP1 crash
Despite admitting his heavy crash in opening practice for the Japanese Grand Prix was his own fault, Carlos Sainz says he cannot explain why it happened.

Ferrari gives details of Malaysia failures
Ferrari technical director Mattia Binotto says his team cannot be fully confident it has solved the engine issues it faced in Malaysia.

Vettel looking forward to showing Ferrari's true pace
Sebastian Vettel is looking forward to showing what his Ferrari is capable of at the Japanese Grand Prix after two disappointing results at the last two races.

Ricciardo calls for extra wet F1 tyres in 2018
Daniel Ricciardo wants Formula One teams to be given an extra set of extreme wet weather tyres in 2018 to prompt more running during rain-affected practice sessions.

Renault willing to delay Budkowski start date
Renault has refuted suggestions the signing of former FIA technical chief Marcin Bukowski will benefit the team in the short-term and have opened discussions about delaying his start date.

Renault confirms controversial Budkowski signing
Renault has confirmed the controversial appointment of former FIA technical chief Marcin Budkowski as executive director.

Button 'fell out of love' with motorsport in 2016
Jenson Button believes he stayed in Formula One for one year too long, something he says drained his passion for racing in his final campaign with McLaren in 2016.

Build-up

The best of the reaction from Thursday's media sessions...

Vettel: No panic at Ferrari after engine failures
Sebastian Vettel insists Ferrari reacted to its engine problems at the Malaysian Grand Prix in a "normal" way and has played down suggestions that a major reshuffle in staff is on the cards.

Hamilton: Ferrari upgrades yet to show true potential
Lewis Hamilton is wary of how much potential performance Ferrari's latest upgrades could deliver at this weekend's Japanese Grand Prix if Sebastian Vettel's car runs without problems.

Verstappen hopes Red Bull considers early 2018 car launch
Max Verstappen hopes Red Bull will learn from the lessons of its slow start to 2017 and change its usual policy of unveiling its next car as late as possible.

Alonso: Red Bull win increases 2018 pressure for McLaren
Red Bull's Malaysian Grand Prix victory with the Renault power supply McLaren will use next year puts the team under pressure to win in 2018, according to Fernando Alonso.

Magnussen: F1 race stewards have no issue with my driving
Despite drawing criticism from several of his peers in recent races, Haas' Kevin Magnussen is not about to drop his aggressive style as he feels vindicated by the lack of penalties which have gone his way in recent races.

Massa: Kubica, Di Resta tests won't be conclusive
Felipe Massa doubts the tests Williams are planning to give his potential replacements, Robert Kubica and Paul di Resta, will give the team a much better understanding of its driver line-up for 2018.

Preview

Vettel's fightback must start at Suzuka
ESPN looks ahead to the Japanese Grand Prix and what Sebastian Vettel has to do to turn the tide back in Mercedes' favour.

Stats you need to know ahead of the Japanese Grand Prix
ESPN rounds up the weird, wonderful and notable facts from Japan's colourful history in Formula One.

Video

Hamilton on brink of fourth world championship
As Sebastian Vettel is forced to retire in Japan, Jonathan Legard discusses what it means for Lewis Hamilton's title charge.

Can things get any worse for Ferrari?
More engine problems for Ferrari costs Sebastian Vettel vital points in his Championship fight, leaving him needing a miracle to catch Lewis Hamilton.

Red Bull now Mercedes' main rivals?
After another strong showing from Red Bull, Jonathan Legard discusses whether they will be Mercedes' main competitors heading into the 2018 season.

Good results for Haas in Japan
Both Haas drivers finished in the points in Suzuka, giving them momentum heading into the team's home race in the USA.

Will we see Palmer in an F1 car again?
Jonathan Legard discusses whether Jolyon Palmer is finished with F1 again, or whether he'll be able to find a seat at another team.

Hamilton impresses in Suzuka
Jonathan Legard discusses Lewis Hamilton's dominating performance in Japan, as he smashes a lap record in qualifying.

Bottas finds his form in Japan
Despite his team mate dominating qualifying, Valtteri Bottas impressed in Japan and will be happy despite a grid penalty.

Can Red Bull cause a shock?Jonathan Legard discusses whether Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen of Red Bull can find a way to shock Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel in Japan.

Same old story for McLaren-Honda
More engine problems for Fernando Alonso sees him take yet more grid penalties, ruining his chances of a decent result in the Japanese Grand Prix.

Ricciardo and Verstappen try Kendo in Tokyo
Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen try their hands at Kendo, an ancient martial art, in Tokyo ahead of the Japanese Grand Prix.

Maurice's Memories: Japanese Grand Prix
Maurice Hamilton looks back on his first ever visit to Suzuka for the Japanese Grand Prix.

Is Ferrari losing its grip on the drivers' championship?
After two unsuccessful races, ESPN's Jennie Gow and Kevin Eason discuss whether Ferrari have lost their chance to win the drivers' championship.

Gasly has chance to shine in Japan
Jennie Gow and Kevin Eason discuss Pierre Gasly's F1 debut and how he could cement his claim for a Toro Rosso seat with a strong showing in Japan.

Verstappen: Hard to repeat Malaysia win in Japan
After his win in Malaysia, Max Verstappen predicts a return to form for Mercedes and Ferrari in Japan.

Can Mercedes get back to form in Japan?
ESPN's Jennie Gow and Kevin Eason discuss whether Mercedes can get back to fighting form at the Suzuka Circuit.

Is time running out for Bottas?
Kevin Eason discusses with Jennie Gow whether Valtteri Bottas will have a future at Mercedes beyond his one year contract extension.