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Bottas reveals 0.04s reaction time in Japanese GP start

Valtteri Bottas has revealed that the blistering start that helped him to victory in the Japanese Grand Prix was down a 0.04 seconds reaction time at the lights.

Ricciardo wants "angry, frustrated" Renault to use DSQs as fuel

Daniel Ricciardo says he and his “angry and frustrated” Renault Formula 1 team will brush off its Japanese Grand Prix disqualification and use a “screw this” attitude for motivation.

Norris "more unhappy" with Albon after reviewing clash

Lando Norris admits he's "more unhappy" with Formula 1 rival Alex Albon's Japanese Grand Prix lunge after reviewing footage, as he feels the Red Bull racer deserved a penalty after all.

Renault won't appeal Japanese GP disqualification

Renault has decided not to appeal the disqualification of its cars from the Japanese Grand Prix for running an illegal driver aid.

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Renaults disqualified from Japanese GP over illegal braking aid

Renault has had both its cars disqualified from the Japanese Grand Prix for using an illegal driver aid.

Ricciardo: Renault needs to "keep positivity" after morale swings

Renault Formula 1 driver Daniel Ricciardo admits that heads had dropped at the Enstone team in recent weeks, and hopes the Japanese Grand Prix result can kickstart a run of “positivity.”

Alfa was "nowhere" in "far from normal" Japanese GP

Alfa Romeo’s Formula 1 drivers were left baffled by being “nowhere” in the Japanese Grand Prix, a race Kimi Raikkonen labelled “far from normal”.

Early end to Japanese GP "very unfortunate", Masi admits

Formula 1 race director Michael Masi says a "very unfortunate" system error was to blame for the chequered flag light panel being displayed too early at the Japanese Grand Prix.

Sainz proud McLaren's speed made Leclerc "give up" at Suzuka

Carlos Sainz called his latest fifth-place finish “a bit more special than others” after being so quick he forced Ferrari and Charles Leclerc to "give up" in the Japanese Grand Prix.

Horner respects Norris for response to Albon move

Red Bull Formula 1 team boss Christian Horner respects McLaren driver Lando Norris for being pleased Alex Albon escaped punishment for ‘forcing him off’ in the Japanese Grand Prix.

Brawn: Revised F1 weekend won't include Sunday qualifying

Formula 1 boss Ross Brawn says that the well-received Sunday morning qualifying session at Suzuka won’t impact existing plans to adjust the grand prix weekend schedule in the future.

Vettel: No changes made for Japan breakthrough

Sebastian Vettel says there are no changes to explain his "step in performance" at the Japanese Grand Prix, where he ended Ferrari Formula 1 teammate Charles Leclerc's qualifying superiority.

Norris: "Fair play" to Albon for late lunge

Lando Norris was pleased Formula 1 rival Alex Albon was not penalised in the Japanese Grand Prix for the lunge that caused contact and “kind of forced me off”.

Japanese Grand Prix driver ratings

Some of Formula 1 2019's biggest stars disappointed at Suzuka, but a reliably excellent midfield performer earned another perfect rating.

How Ferrari threw away another golden victory chance

Ferrari turned around Mercedes' early advantage at Suzuka and should have been able to use its front row sweep to control the Japanese Grand Prix even with a race pace disadvantage - but it let things slip away, again

Magnussen: Suzuka weekend derailed by "embarrassing" crash

Haas Formula 1 driver Kevin Magnussen said he "showed everyone what not to do" with his "quite embarrassing" qualifying crash, which preceded a Japanese Grand Prix that "went south".

Leclerc: I'm to blame for Verstappen crash

Ferrari Formula 1 driver Charles Leclerc says he is completely to blame for his clash with Max Verstappen that earned him a penalty and wrecked his Japanese Grand Prix.

Verstappen lost 25% downforce in Leclerc clash

Max Verstappen retired from the Japanese Grand Prix because his first-lap clash with Charles Leclerc cost him almost 25% downforce on his Red Bull Formula 1 car.

FIA to impound protested Renault's ECUs and steering wheels

The FIA has been directed to seal and impound both Renault Formula 1 cars’ electronic control units and steering wheels, to allow a protest against the team to proceed.

Kubica says Williams 'crossed boundaries' by removing wing

Robert Kubica has slammed the Williams Formula 1 team for removing its upgraded front wing from his car at the Japanese Grand Prix, saying it 'crossed boundaries' for "strange reasons".

Gasly escapes penalty for "very stupid" Perez crash

Pierre Gasly has escaped sanction for his Japanese Grand Prix collision with Formula 1 rival Sergio Perez, despite the latter lambasting Gasly for making a “very stupid” move.

Leclerc gets double penalty for clash, late stop

Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc has been handed two time penalties for his incidents during the Japanese Grand Prix.

Japanese GP results altered after race was declared early

The FIA has launched an investigation into why the chequered flag light display panel was shown a lap too soon at Formula 1's Japanese Grand Prix, which meant the race was declared a lap earlier than originally intended.

Verstappen hits out at "irresponsible" Leclerc

Max Verstappen has labelled Charles Leclerc's driving in the Japanese Grand Prix as "irresponsible", saying that "doesn't understand" the decision not to penalise the Ferrari driver.

FIA: Vettel start was "within acceptable tolerance"

Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel escaped a penalty for a possible jump start in the Japanese Grand Prix because his pre-start movement was “within acceptable tolerance”, the FIA has explained.

Japanese GP: Bottas wins after terrible start for Ferrari

Valtteri Bottas's took his first Formula 1 win since April to help Mercedes clinch a sixth consecutive constructors' championship as a jump start and first-corner clash undermined Ferrari's Japanese Grand Prix.

Williams in race against time to replace Kubica's chassis

Williams is facing a race against time to get Robert Kubica in to the Japanese Grand Prix as it attempts to build up a new car for him before the race.

Ferrari "quite surprised" by Suzuka qualifying 1-2

Ferrari duo Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc have admitted their front-row lock out at the Japanese Grand Prix was unexpected.

Japanese GP: Vettel on pole as Ferrari locks out front row

Sebastian Vettel claimed pole position with a commanding performance in qualifying for Formula 1’s Japanese Grand Prix, as Ferrari overturned Mercedes’ practice pace advantage to lock out the front row.

Binotto expects to manage more Leclerc/Vettel situations

Ferrari Formula 1 team boss Mattia Binotto expects to have to manage Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc on-track again despite the “misunderstanding” they suffered at the Russian Grand Prix.

Vettel: "Not fair" to say whether Leclerc is toughest teammate

Sebastian Vettel says it’s too early for him to name Charles Leclerc as the toughest teammate he’s had in his Formula 1 career.

Suzuka shows two-day F1 weekend could work - Grosjean

Formula 1 chiefs should use the lessons of the Japanese Grand Prix timetable shake-up as a way of showing that two-day events can work, reckons Haas driver Romain Grosjean.

Insight: How the F1 paddock is tackling the typhoon threat

Racing Point sporting director Andy Stevenson talks Motorsport.com through the measures taken by teams and the FIA to keep staff safe and equipment intact during Saturday's expected Typhoon Hagibis arrival.

Grosjean plans to build F1 six-wheeler model on Suzuka day off

Formula 1’s unexpected day off at the Japanese Grand Prix has left many drivers scratching their heads about what to do, but Romain Grosjean wins the prize for the most unusual choice as he plans to build a model Tyrrell six-wheeler.

Renault drivers explain torrid Friday at Suzuka

Renault Formula 1 drivers Nico Hulkenberg and Daniel Ricciardo have explained the French marque's torrid opening day at the Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka.

Toro Rosso drivers praise Yamamoto after practice debut

Toro Rosso drivers Daniil Kvyat and Pierre Gasly believe Formula 1 rookie Naoki Yamamoto did “really well” and a “very good job” on his debut in Japanese Grand Prix practice.

Williams trials experimental front wing in Suzuka

Williams trialled a new front wing design during practice for the Japanese Grand Prix, as the team performs development work for its 2020 Formula 1 design concept.

Hamilton: Bottas had "massive" 0.5s tow on fastest lap

Formula 1 championship leader Lewis Hamilton anticipates an "interesting dynamic" in Suzuka qualifying after teammate Valtteri Bottas benefitted from a "massive" tow of around 0.5 seconds in practice.

Ferrari's Suzuka deficit a "surprise", Leclerc admits

Charles Leclerc said it was "a bit of a surprise" to see his Ferrari team off the pace during Friday Formula 1 practice at Suzuka.

Japanese GP: Bottas tops FP2 session that could decide grid

Valtteri Bottas survived spinning on the run to Suzuka’s start/finish straight to top second practice for Formula 1’s Japanese Grand Prix.

Japanese GP grid could be set by FP2 times

The Japanese Grand Prix grid will be set by results from second practice if Formula 1’s qualifying session does not take place at its revised time on Sunday morning.

Japanese GP: Bottas leads Mercedes 1-2 in FP1

Valtteri Bottas set the pace as Mercedes dominated the opening practice session for Formula 1’s Japanese Grand Prix.

Steiner summoned by stewards for Russia outburst

Haas team principal Gunther Steiner has been summoned to see the stewards at the Japanese Grand Prix over his radio outburst after the last race in Russia.

Typhoon forces Suzuka to scrap Saturday action

Formula 1’s Japanese Grand Prix qualifying session will take place on Sunday morning as the Suzuka circuit will be closed on Saturday amid the threat of Typhoon Hagibis.

Bottas expects "decent step" from Mercedes upgrades

Valtteri Bottas believes the upgrade the Mercedes Formula 1 team has bought to Suzuka should represent a "decent step" as it seeks to catch Ferrari in the Japanese Grand Prix.

Drivers want Friday call on typhoon-threatened qualifying

Formula 1 drivers believe a "clear" decision to move qualifying for the Japanese Grand Prix should be made on Friday, if typhoon Hagibis hits the area as expected.

Red Bull's fuel supplier to use new chemicals in Japan

Red Bull Honda's fuel partner ExxonMobil is introducing chemicals it has not used before in Formula 1 as part of a new more powerful fuel it has brought to the Japanese Grand Prix.

First look: Mercedes' Japanese GP upgrades

Mercedes has made minor tweaks to its sidepod-mounted turning vanes ahead of the Japanese Grand Prix in an effort to close back in on Formula 1 rival Ferrari.

Verstappen samples Honda's first F1 winner

Max Verstappen got a first taste of vintage Formula 1 machinery ahead of the Japanese Grand Prix when he tried out Honda’s first race-winning car.

F1 hopes to minimise disruption from Typhoon Hagibis

Formula 1 chiefs say they are trying to minimise disruption to the Japanese Grand Prix timetable amid concerns about the impact of super Typhoon Hagibis.

Renault to debut new front wing in Japan

The Renault Formula 1 team will have a new front wing at the Japanese Grand Prix, where Nico Hulkenberg says the manufacturer must target "big points".

Typhoon Hagibis set to disrupt Japanese GP

Formula 1 is bracing itself for potential disruption over the Japanese Grand Prix weekend as it appears increasingly likely that Suzuka will be affected by the super typhoon Hagibis.

Toro Rosso confirms Yamamoto's Suzuka practice outing

Naoki Yamamoto will make his Formula 1 weekend debut driving for Toro Rosso in the Japanese Grand Prix’s first Friday practice session, as predicted by Motorsport.com.

Williams plans front wing 'experiment' in Suzuka

Williams is poised to trial an experimental front wing in practice for the Japanese Grand Prix as it assesses potential aerodynamic options for next year’s Formula 1 season.