Japanese GP (2016)

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Wolff blames “miscommunication” over Verstappen protest saga

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff has blamed a ‘miscommunication’ caused by the timing of his flight home from the Japanese Grand Prix for his team’s on-off protest against Max Verstappen at Suzuka.

Haas progress genuine despite Japanese GP letdown - Steiner

Haas F1 boss Gunther Steiner believes the team's performance at Suzuka is clear evidence of progress, even if its success in qualifying translated to no points in the grand prix itself.

Massa column: Why F1 drivers are struggling with starts

In his latest column, Felipe Massa reflects on the Japanese Grand Prix and explains why F1 drivers are struggling to nail starts like before.

Sauber will be "two steps behind" with old Ferrari engine - Sainz

Toro Rosso's Carlos Sainz says he expects Sauber to have a tough time in 2017 after the team announced it will continue to use 2016-spec Ferrari engines.

Red Bull surprised by how Ferrari gave up Japan podium

Red Bull said it was surprised at the way Ferrari threw away its chances of a podium finish at the Japanese Grand Prix with its strategy choice.

Tech debrief: McLaren struggles, but development continues

Giorgio Piola and Matt Somerfield look at the main tech topics in F1's midfield in the Japanese GP, including Haas' front wing success and the reason behind McLaren's miserable weekend.

Gutierrez frustrated by Sainz defence in Japan

Esteban Gutierrez says the defensive move from Carlos Sainz that led to the Haas driver spinning in the Japanese Grand Prix was not fair.

Red Bull explains Ricciardo's pace deficit at Suzuka

Red Bull thinks Daniel Ricciardo’s form at the Japanese Grand Prix was hurt by a slightly down on power engine, and his car rubbing too much on the ground.

Rosberg "hasn't seen any self destruction" in Hamilton

Nico Rosberg says he is not underestimating Lewis Hamilton’s ability to fight back in the Formula 1 world championship, after revealing the Briton was more focused in Japan than he has been for a while.

Tech analysis: How Ferrari caught up with Red Bull in Japan

Ferrari was certainly the most proactive of the leading Formula 1 teams in Japan, with the SF16-H treated to a multitude of parts to improve performance.

Vettel not downbeat despite missing podium

Sebastian Vettel says he left the Japanese Grand Prix encouraged by Ferrari's form, despite a strategy decision costing him the chance of a podium finish.

Wolff: Verstappen move was just 'hard racing'

Mercedes motorsport boss Toto Wolff says he had no problem with Max Verstappen’s hard racing in the Japanese Grand Prix, but thinks it is important drivers know what they are and are not allowed to do.

Race analysis: How Hamilton kept title hopes alive after start disaster

The Japanese Grand Prix may have seen all 22 cars finish and run virtually incident-free, but Lewis Hamilton's charge after a poor start ensured there was still plenty of drama. Adam Cooper takes a closer look.

Ricciardo claims Raikkonen grid penalty actually cost him

Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo believes that Ferrari’s decision to change Kimi Raikkonen’s gearbox on the eve of the Japanese Grand Prix actually contributed to his poor start that helped consign him to a sixth-place finish.

Alonso hopeful McLaren slump a one-off

Fernando Alonso is hopeful McLaren's slump in the Japanese Grand Prix was just a one-off and the team will return to form in the United States.

Kvyat: I had to defend "on the edge of a penalty" from Alonso

Daniil Kvyat says the Toro Rosso STR11's straightline speed deficit meant he had to be aggressive in defending from McLaren's Fernando Alonso in the Japanese Grand Prix.

Vettel defends backmarkers despite complaints

Sebastian Vettel has defended the backmarkers' efforts to get out of his way during the Japanese Grand Prix despite his frustration during the race.

FIA Mercedes/Verstappen hearing deferred to Austin

The FIA's hearing into the Mercedes protest over Max Verstappen's defensive driving in Japan has been deferred until the United States Grand Prix.

Mercedes lodges protest against Verstappen move

Mercedes has lodged a protest against Max Verstappen's defensive move on Lewis Hamilton at the Japanese Grand Prix.

Japanese GP: Post-race press conference

Nico Rosberg (Mercedes), Max Verstappen (Red Bull), Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes).

Verstappen questioned by Whiting over Hamilton defence

Max Verstappen was spoken to by F1 race director Charlie Whiting and the FIA stewards at the Japanese Grand Prix about his defensive move against Lewis Hamilton in the closing stages of the race.

Grosjean: "I've never been this frustrated after a race"

Romain Grosjean says he was massively frustrated with only picking up 11th in the Japanese Grand Prix after "one of the best drives" of his Formula 1 career.

Verstappen adamant that closing door on Hamilton was fair

Max Verstappen believes his defence of second place from Lewis Hamilton on the penultimate lap of the Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka was fair and that the reigning world champion knew it was coming.

Lauda: If nothing happens to either car, Hamilton won't catch Rosberg

Niki Lauda believes Nico Rosberg will be world champion this year if nothing strange happens, following his victory in the Japanese Grand Prix.

Hamilton admits bad start caused by "mistake", not damp patch

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton has conceded his costly bad start in the Japanese Grand Prix was the result of a mistake.

Japanese GP: Top 10 quotes after race

Mercedes have now sealed a third consecutive Constructors' World Championship title with a 60th Formula One Grand Prix victory at Suzuka

Japanese GP: Rosberg dominates as bad start thwarts Hamilton

Nico Rosberg won the Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka after Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton suffered a terrible start that dropped him to eighth, and he spent the race recovering to third.

Vettel: Ferrari's recent progress genuine

Sebastian Vettel is convinced that Ferrari has made genuine progress at the Japanese Grand Prix thanks to a raft of updates it has introduced this weekend.

Mercedes reliability issues could close things up, says Ricciardo

Daniel Ricciardo thinks Mercedes may not be willing to take too many risks with its engine in the Japanese Grand Prix – which could close things up at the front of the field.

Grosjean gives Haas best qualifying spot despite DRS glitch

Romain Grosjean gave Haas its best qualifying position of the season by earning eighth in Japan, but the Frenchman was adamant that he could have been two places higher.

Display issue costs Massa first-ever reprimand of F1 career

Felipe Massa says a display issue led to the reprimand he was given following qualifying for the Japanese Grand Prix.

Haas says improved pace down to understanding new front wing

Haas F1 boss Gunther Steiner says the team getting to grips with the new front wing it had introduced in Singapore was a big factor in its stellar qualifying at Suzuka.

Button: McLaren's Suzuka struggles no surprise

McLaren driver Jenson Button says the MP4-31 was always going to struggle for pace around Suzuka, although he concedes the pace is slightly worse than expected.

Ricciardo baffled by top speed deficit to Verstappen

Daniel Ricciardo says he is baffled by the mystery engine problem that has left him struggling to match teammate Max Verstappen on the straights at the Japanese Grand Prix.

Mercedes duo left without engine boost mode in qualifying

Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg were left without their full 'qualifying boost' engine mode at the Japanese Grand Prix as Mercedes continues to seek answers to its Malaysian Grand Prix failure.

Mercedes still wary of Red Bull threat at Suzuka

Toto Wolff says that Mercedes is still wary of the threat from Red Bull in the Japanese GP, despite the world champion safely securing the front row.

Japanese GP: Post-qualifying press conference

Nico Rosberg (Mercedes), Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes), Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari).

Hamilton walks out of Mercedes press conference

Lewis Hamilton opted not to answer questions in a Mercedes press conference at Suzuka on Saturday, and after offering an explanation, he walked out of the team's hospitality building.

Alonso says updated Honda engine not faster

Fernando Alonso says the updated Honda engine he is using in the Japanese Grand Prix is not producing faster laptimes than the previous version.

Ricciardo frustrated by qualifying issue: "We're giving up free time"

Red Bull Racing's Daniel Ricciardo admitted to frustration after qualifying for the Japanese Grand Prix, saying his car was "giiving away free laptime" on the straights.

Japanese GP: Top 10 quotes after qualifying

Nico Rosberg claims pole for Mercedes on softs in cool and overcast conditions

Japanese GP: Rosberg beats Hamilton to pole by 0.013s

Nico Rosberg beat teammate Lewis Hamilton to pole position for the Japanese Grand Prix with a last-gasp effort at Suzuka.

Japanese GP: Rosberg on top from Ricciardo in FP3, Hamilton seventh

Nico Rosberg set the fastest time in third practice for the Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka in his Mercedes, ahead of Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo and Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel.

Bite-size tech: Sauber's new splitter, bargeboards and floor

Sauber has been pretty productive in recent races, taking advantage of the cash injection that came its way when the new owners arrived, with development up until that point virtually none existent.

An "ounce of intelligence" enough to dismiss Hamilton sabotage - Lowe

Mercedes technical boss Paddy Lowe says anyone with an "ounce of intelligence" would know that suggesting the team sabotaged Lewis Hamilton in the Malaysian Grand Prix was ridiculous.

Kvyat explains "baby octopus" radio message

Daniil Kvyat has explained that the bizarre 'baby octopus' comment he made during free practice at the Japanese Grand Prix referred to a piece of rubber that was attached to his car.

Button says "massive degradation" spoiling long-run pace

Jenson Button has complained of a “massive” amount of tyre degradation after the first day of practice for the Japanese Grand Prix, saying “something isn’t working”.

Japanese GP: Friday's press conference

Ayao Komatsu (Haas), Bob Bell (Renault), Luigi Fraboni (Ferrari), Paddy Lowe (Mercedes), Yusuke Hasegawa (Honda), Pat Symonds (Williams).

Red Bull: VSC hid pace on "one of the best Fridays so far"

Red Bull Racing duo Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo were left optimistic by Friday practice running at Suzuka, despite having their one-lap pace concealed by the timing of the VSC.

Penalised Vettel not too worried about overtaking at Suzuka

Sebastian Vettel says he is not too concerned about the three-place grid penalty he is carrying in the Japan Grand Prix, despite the difficulty in overtaking around the tight Suzuka circuit.

Japanese GP: Top 10 quotes after FP2

Silver Arrows set the pace on opening day in Suzuka

Japanese GP: Mercedes duo lead Raikkonen in FP2

Nico Rosberg stayed on top of the times in second practice for the Japanese Grand Prix as Mercedes once again finished with a 1-2.

Japanese GP: Rosberg outpaces Hamilton in first practice

World Championship leader Nico Rosberg set the fastest time in the opening practice session for the Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka, two tenths clear of Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton.

Ricciardo: Mercedes engine worries can bring Red Bull closer

Malaysian Grand Prix winner Daniel Ricciardo believes Mercedes’ engine reliability concerns could further help Red Bull’s chances of challenging for another win in Japan.

Hamilton defends "fun" behaviour during FIA press conference

Reigning world champion Lewis Hamilton says his behaviour in Thursday’s FIA drivers’ press conference was “meant to be fun, not at all disrespectful”.

Bite-size tech: Ferrari SF16-H front wing pillars

Arriving in Japan, Ferrari will continue to assess the parts that it trialled in Malaysia, which consisted of a new set of turning vanes, the 'bat-wing' and previously uncaptured front wing pillars.

Vettel insists he is not overdriving after Sepang crash

Sebastian Vettel says he is surprised by the reaction to his accident at the start of the Malaysian Grand Prix, and is adamant he is not having to overdrive.

Japanese GP: Thursday's press conference

Jolyon Palmer (Renault), Carlos Sainz (Toro Rosso), Pascal Wehrlein (Manor), Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari), Fernando Alonso (McLaren), Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes).

Alonso: McLaren progress no guarantee of success in 2017

Fernando Alonso says that McLaren's current progress in Formula 1 offers no guarantee of success next year, but he thinks the team is on target to deliver a much stronger challenge for podiums and wins in 2017.

Ocon boosted by revised seating position

Esteban Ocon says a revised seating position has helped transform his feel in the Manor, after an encouraging performance at the Malaysian Grand Prix.