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Analysis: Was Alonso right to be on the warpath? Japanese GP
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Analysis: Was Alonso right to be on the warpath?

Fernando Alonso laid into Formula 1's stewards after the Japanese Grand Prix, saying their decision to penalise him shows "how bad Formula 1 is". Andrew van de Burgt and Stuart Codling join Ben Anderson to assess the validity of that claim and analyse the other major incidents that happened at Suzuka.

The email that led to a Mercedes fightback

Blaming Ferrari's blunders for Mercedes surging to another Formula 1 world title is too simplistic. The Silver Arrows' turnaround played a massive part, and it started with a single email.

Strategy Report: Ferrari gifts Mercedes win, as midfield epic unfolds

James Allen analyses the Japanese Grand Prix, where Ferrari once again threw away its chances with poor decision making, while Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes cruised to another simple victory. But the real action was in the midfield…

Hamilton wishing for more "head-to-head" Vettel battles

Lewis Hamilton says he has loved going head-to-head with Sebastian Vettel for the 2018 Formula 1 title this season and wishes he had more fights with the Ferrari driver.

FIA: McLaren did not miss Japan tyre deadline

The FIA has backed McLaren’s claims that it did not miss the deadline to nominate its tyre selection for Formula 1's Japanese Grand Prix.

Vettel: Ferrari made it "too easy" for Mercedes

Sebastian Vettel has admitted Ferrari made it “a bit too easy” for Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton in recent Formula 1 races.

Japanese GP: Best of team radio

Recap the Japanese Grand Prix with selected radio messages from the Formula 1 race.

Insight: The verdict on Vettel/Verstappen’s clash in Japan Japanese GP
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Insight: The verdict on Vettel/Verstappen’s clash in Japan

Motorsport Network's Julia Piquet talks to F1 editor Jonathan Noble about Sebastian Vettel's title hopes, where Ferrari went wrong, and who was to blame in the Vettel/Max Verstappen clash.

Analysis: The Ferrari implosion continues Japanese GP
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Analysis: The Ferrari implosion continues

With Sebastian Vettel now almost certain to lose the F1 world championship to Lewis Hamilton, after a woeful weekend at the Japanese Grand Prix, Andrew van de Burgt and Stuart Codling join Ben Anderson to analyse how Ferrari has crumbled under pressure as the title fight with Mercedes has intensified.

FIA explains Magnussen and Alonso penalty decisions

The FIA decided not to give Kevin Magnussen a penalty for his move on Charles Leclerc in the Japanese Grand Prix because it felt it was unlucky timing rather than a deliberate chop.

Horner: Vettel move on Verstappen "optimistic"

Red Bull Formula 1 team boss Christian Horner believes Sebastian Vettel's move on Max Verstappen in the Japanese Grand Prix was "optimistic".

Mercedes bested Ferrari in psychological war – Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton believes he and Mercedes can take credit for putting the pressure on Ferrari in the two Formula 1 teams' psychological "war" for the 2018 title.

Honda not allowed to use update tweak in Japanese GP

Honda had to abort a planned change to help its upgraded Formula 1 engine after being "surprised” by an FIA instruction before the start of the Japanese Grand Prix.

Magnussen involved "in all the big crashes" - Sauber

Sauber boss Fred Vasseur has backed his driver Charles Leclerc and says Kevin Magnussen has been involved "in all the big crashes" during the 2018 Formula 1 season.

Japanese Grand Prix driver ratings

Very different scores for the world championship contenders in our Japanese Grand Prix ratings, and plenty of praise for drivers who made something out of not very promising circumstances.

Ferrari's self-sabotage is handing 2018 to Mercedes

There's no question Mercedes now has the fastest car in Formula 1 again, and Lewis Hamilton is also in arguably his greatest form yet. But a run of unfathomably poor decisions by Ferrari at Suzuka made the title battle outcome even more obvious.

F1 Debrief: Verstappen aids Hamilton's title bid, Alonso's fury

Welcome to the morning after the Japanese Grand Prix, where Lewis Hamilton dominated from start to finish from pole as Max Verstappen played pinball with the Ferraris on his way to third. Let’s look at the stories behind the headlines…

Japanese GP: Post-race press conference

DRIVERS: Lewis HAMILTON (Mercedes), Valtteri BOTTAS (Mercedes), Max VERSTAPPEN (Red Bull Racing).

Verstappen "clearly" deserved Suzuka penalty - Whiting

F1 race director Charlie Whiting has no doubts that Max Verstappen "clearly" deserved a penalty for his first lap incident with Kimi Raikkonen in the Japanese Grand Prix.

Fire cost Grosjean telemetry in Japanese GP

Romain Grosjean completed the Japanese Grand Prix without telemetry information following an early fire on his Haas Formula 1 car.

Magnussen did nothing to upset Leclerc – Steiner

Sauber and Charles Leclerc have no reason to be upset by Kevin Magnussen’s driving in the Japanese Grand Prix, according to Haas Formula 1 team boss Gunther Steiner.

Hamilton didn't expect Vettel to "tail off" like this

Lewis Hamilton has admitted he never expected Sebastian Vettel and Ferrari to “tail off” in the Formula 1 title battle the way they have.

Alonso says penalty shows "how bad Formula 1 is"

Fernando Alonso says the penalty he was handed in the Japanese Grand Prix shows "how bad Formula 1 is" with its race stewarding.

Vettel: Verstappen completely to blame for clash

Sebastian Vettel believes Max Verstappen is completely to blame for their Japanese Grand Prix collision, which all but ended Vettel's 2018 Formula 1 world championship hopes.

Verstappen: Vettel drove into my car, 5s penalty "stupid"

Max Verstappen feels Formula 1 rival Sebastian Vettel "drove into the side of my car" in their Japanese Grand Prix clash, which the Dutchman likened to their earlier collision in China.

Leclerc bemused by no penalty for "dangerous" Magnussen

Charles Leclerc says he could not understand why Formula 1 rival Kevin Magnussen was not penalised for his "dangerous" move in their fight during the Japanese Grand Prix.

Japanese GP: Hamilton wins as Vettel clashes with Verstappen

Lewis Hamilton moved to the brink of the 2018 Formula 1 title by claiming victory in the Japanese Grand Prix as Sebastian Vettel clashed with Max Verstappen.

Live: Follow the Japanese GP as it happens

Follow all the action from the Japanese Grand Prix as it happens with our minute-by-minute coverage.

Japanese GP: Post-qualifying press conference

DRIVERS: 1 – Lewis HAMILTON (Mercedes), 2 – Valtteri BOTTAS (Mercedes), 3 – Max VERSTAPPEN (Red Bull).

Japanese GP: Starting grid in pictures

Here’s how the grid lines up for the 2018 Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka, the 17th round of the Formula 1 World Championship. Click on the images below to cycle through the grid…

Tost: No reason to replace Hartley "if he continues like this"

Toro Rosso Formula 1 team boss Franz Tost says there will be no reason to replace Brendon Hartley if he maintains form after a breakthrough qualifying in Suzuka.

Alonso did not leave "1mm" anywhere for P18

Fernando Alonso said he did not leave one millimetre anywhere on “one of the best laps in my life” at Suzuka to secure 18th in Formula 1 qualifying in Japan.

Renault no longer quick enough to fight rivals - Hulkenberg

Nico Hulkenberg fears that Renault is no longer "fast enough" compared to its midfield opposition, after slumping to his joint worst qualifying of the season at the Japanese Grand Prix.

Mercedes will have "different" team order plan for Suzuka race

Mercedes F1 boss Toto Wolff says the team order's discussion ahead of the Japanese Grand Prix will be "different" to avoid a repeat of the situation seen in Russia last weekend.

Ericsson: Error passing Bottas caused Q1 crash

Marcus Ericsson says his crash during Formula 1 qualifying for the Japanese Grand Prix was caused by a misjudgement while passing Valtteri Bottas's Mercedes.

Ricciardo engine problem "shouldn't happen at this level" - Horner

Red Bull boss Christian Horner says the Renault engine problem that curtailed Daniel Ricciardo's Japanese GP qualifying "shouldn't happen at this level".

McLaren got "deliberate" tyre choice "wrong"

Gil de Ferran says McLaren’s Japanese Grand Prix tyre choice has proven to be wrong but denied a suggestion the Formula 1 team forgot to make a proper nomination.

Arrivabene says "unacceptable" tyre call lacked "common sense"

Ferrari boss Maurizio Arrivabene labelled his team’s tyre choice blunder in qualifying for the Japanese Grand Prix as "unacceptable", as he blasted a lack of "common sense" on the pitwall.

Grosjean came "very close" to following Ferrari tyre gamble

Romain Grosjean admits he came "very close" to following Ferrari in going out with intermediate tyres in the final segment of Formula 1 qualifying for the Japanese Grand Prix.

Hartley: Engineer's lie played part in superb qualifying

Toro Rosso driver Brendon Hartley says a fib from his race engineer contributed to his best-ever Formula 1 qualifying result in Suzuka.

Ocon penalised for red flag offence

Racing Point Force India driver Esteban Ocon will drop three places on the grid for Formula 1's Japanese Grand Prix for failing to slow sufficiently for red flags in practice.

Vettel "not blaming anybody" for failed Ferrari tyre gamble

Sebastian Vettel says he is "not blaming anybody" at Ferrari for the failed tyre gamble during qualifying for Formula 1's Japanese Grand Prix.

Q3 calls showed Mercedes "best in the world" - Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton believes Mercedes showed its true class as the best team in Formula 1 during Japanese Grand Prix qualifying, on a day when title rival Ferrari made another blunder.

Japanese GP: Hamilton grabs pole, disaster for Vettel

Lewis Hamilton claimed pole position for Formula 1’s Japanese Grand Prix, while title rival Sebastian Vettel ended up ninth after a failed intermediate tyre gamble.

Japanese GP: Hamilton fastest as Hulkenberg shunt ends FP3

Lewis Hamilton continued his domination ahead of Japanese Grand Prix qualifying as the final Formula 1 practice session at Suzuka ended early after a Nico Hulkenberg crash.

Live: Follow qualifying for the Japanese GP as it happens

Follow all the action from the Japanese Grand Prix as it happens with our minute-by-minute coverage.

Japanese GP: Fresh F1 tech updates, straight from pitlane

Giorgio Piola and Sutton Images bring you the Formula 1 technical updates on show in the Suzuka pitlane at the Japanese GP on Friday, giving insight into the relentless development undertaken by the teams in pursuit of more performance.

Hakkinen drives title-winning McLaren at Suzuka

Mika Hakkinen was reunited with his 1998 McLaren MP4-13 in Suzuka on Friday, 20 years after he won the Formula 1 world championship at the same venue.

Hamilton sends a message to Vettel

Lewis Hamilton oozed confidence on Friday at Suzuka. A harmless radio message, expressing his serenity in the car, hints at just how difficult Ferrari and Sebastian Vettel will find it to topple the Mercedes driver in Japan.

Suzuka tyre wear increased by typhoon impact

Formula 1 teams are facing higher than expected tyre wear at the Japanese Grand Prix as the result of rain from recent typhoons having changed the track roughness at Suzuka.

Verstappen did not enjoy "one lap" of Suzuka practice

Max Verstappen called Japanese Grand Prix practice on Friday “one of my worst this season” and said he did not enjoy “one lap” in his Red Bull Formula 1 car.

Ferrari damaging tyres "more than others" - Vettel

Sebastian Vettel says it is clear Ferrari is damaging its tyres more than its rivals in Japan, on a weekend where it is already locked in to an ultra-aggressive strategy.

Ferrari tests new floor as upgrade push continues

Ferrari tested an updated floor and a newly designed brake duct at the Japanese Grand Prix as part of its ongoing push to recover lost ground in the world championship battle.

Japanese GP: Hamilton sets commanding pace in FP2

Lewis Hamilton dominated Friday's second Formula 1 free practice session for the Japanese Grand Prix.

Toro Rosso "must reach Q3" with Honda upgrade

Toro Rosso must reach the final part of qualifying with Honda’s upgraded Formula 1 engine, team boss Franz Tost has declared ahead of the Japanese Grand Prix.

Gasly reprimanded for Hamilton run-in in FP1

Pierre Gasly has been reprimanded for forcing Formula 1 points leader Lewis Hamilton into evasive action during the first Japanese Grand Prix practice session.

Japanese GP: Hamilton leads dominant Mercedes one-two in FP1

Formula 1 world championship leader Lewis Hamilton led a dominant Mercedes one-two in the opening practice session for the Japanese Grand Prix despite avoiding Pirelli’s softest tyres.

Renault, McLaren break curfew after oil arrives late

Renault and McLaren were both forced to break the curfew this morning at Suzuka due to the late arrival of their BP/Castrol lubricants from Europe.

Live: Follow Japanese Grand Prix practice

Follow all the action from the Japanese Grand Prix as it happens with our minute-by-minute coverage.

Japanese GP: Latest F1 tech updates, direct from pitlane

Giorgio Piola and Sutton Images bring you the Formula 1 technical updates on show in the Suzuka pitlane at the Japanese GP on Thursday, giving insight into the relentless development undertaken by the teams in pursuit of more performance.