A perfectly executed drive from Jenson Button to fourth place, backed up by a superbly combative run from Kevin Magnussen to fifth place.
Eric Boullier: "Okay, P4 and P6 amount to our best cumulative qualifying performance of the year."
Kevin Magnussen: “It was a pretty decent day for us today, and the car feels good”
Jenson Button: "I’ll just take whatever the weather brings tomorrow.”
Jenson Button and Kevin Magnussen drove faultlessly on Friday free practice.
With an average speed of 225km/h (139mph), Suzuka is one of the fastest circuits on the F1 calendar.
Eric Boullier: “Clearly, P9 and P11 is nothing to write home about, and we’re far from satisfied."
A suite of new components was introduced for this weekend.
Two Formula One teams had news to announce on Monday.
Held on a tortuous street circuit in the heart of the city-state, the race is undoubtedly a highlight of the season.