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Japan qualifying day as it happened


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By Mark Orlovac

0728: On that note, I'm going to love you and leave you. It has been a hugely frustrating night but what can we do? Thank you for your company and for all of your messages. I'll be back in the early hours on Sunday to take you through qualifying and the race. I'm going to start calling it Super Sunday. What do you think? Keep an eye on today's report and the BBC website for confirmation of Sunday's schedule. Enjoy the rest of your day, take care.

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Anon via text: "Why don't the drivers get their games consoles on and do some qualifying laps on them. You can turn the rain off on those."

Lotus driver Heikki Kovalainen on Twitter: "Shame about the weather but it was the only decision to postpone the quali. I hope all the fans turn up tomorrow for a busy day!"

0723: A nice gesture from Sebastian Vettel and the Red Bull team as they come out to the pit lane to wave and clap the fans that have endured a miserable day in the stands opposite.

0720: That was a surprise eh? We are expecting qualifying to now take place at 0200 BST on Sunday morning, with the race to start at 0700 BST. It's going to be a busy day.

0719: And here's the decision we have been expecting for a while: Qualifying is postponed until Sunday.

mattlandsman on Twitter: "Even when the rain does stop, there'll be a huge clear up operation trying to remove all the boats from the pit-lane exit."

It's raining
0715: And the safety car is back out on the track again having a look around. The amount of standing water on the track is ridiculous. This can't carry on for much longer surely? Coverage is continuing on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra if you fancy.

BoxOfNeutrals on Twitter: "Drivers are to qualify on a precarious pontoon placed on the track fighting each other with oversized foam sticks."

Lotus technical chief Mike Gascoyne on Twitter: "Well just got soaked thanks to the BBC and now another hour to sit on the pit wall in wet clothes, the glamour of F1. Now starting to get dark as well so the end can't be far away. No chance of it happening I'm afraid."

0710: They have come off air on BBC One, by the way. There's only so many pictures of makeshift F1 boats that can be screened this early on a Saturday morning.

0707: The rain continues to fall. If fact, it looks even heavier now, if that is actually possible. I'm no race official but I am going to confidently predict that there is no way we will get going today. *Sigh*

Jose in the ever wet highlands of Scotland via text: "Why don't they take timed runs of the boats that we see going down pit lane?"

From Nick on the train to London via text: "Idea for, jump and slide on their stomach, whoever gets the furthest wins."

It's raining
0702: Tell you what, the boats that are now floating down the pit lane are getting ridiculous. If they carry on like this, by the end of the day they'll have one advanced enough to enter the America's Cup. Red Bull seem to be leading the way as one of their creations, with four drinks cans proudly on board, powers down on the fast flowing water. Love it.

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Nick, boot of X5, York via text: "I've just given up a Little Chef full English to follow the qualifying without distraction - so the rain comes as a double disappointment!! When you add that to having spent the night in the boot of my car (long story) today is not looking promising!"
As D:Ream once sang, things can only get better.

Edeniade on Twitter: "Since they're in Japan, they should do a karaoke singing contest for quali instead! The fans would love it!"
...and I would love it too!

Mercedes boss Ross Brawn on his drivers: "Michael [Schumacher] has looked very good this weekend, really positive, happy with the car, the balance between him and Nico [Rosberg] in free practice was a bit more towards Michael."

0652: Wonderful moment from the pit lane. Lotus technical chief Mike Gascoyne is being interviewed by Ted Kravitz when Heikki Kovalainen proudly appears carrying a homemade boat with a 'number one' sail on it. "It's the only thing we'll win this year," quips Gascoyne as Kovalainen takes it to the pit lane. Kovalainen places the boat on the streams of water but it doesn't move. "It's waiting for the lights," says the Finn. Anyway, you'll not be surprised to hear that qualifying will be delayed until at least 0730 BST. There's another update at 0720 BST. I'm not holding out too much hope.

Hispania driver Karun Chandhok on Twitter: "Well, this has been a good start to the day.... worth waking up at stupid o'clock - NOT!!!"

thethirdhalf on Twitter: "Why not make it specific to the country they are racing in? How about a sushi eating contest..."

0648: On BBC One, Martin Brundle has just told an eloquent and scary anecdote about just how dangerous it can be in the wet at Suzuka. In 1994, when he was driving for McLaren, the race was held in terrible conditions, and Brundle lost control at 130R when the car aquaplaned. He said: "I saw this little tractor thing coming at me out of the corner of my eye, and I thought: 'I'm going to die.' I somehow missed that and then I saw a marshal. I hit him. I saw his face come across the front of my cockpit and then the car carried on spinning for hundreds of metres. When I finally stopped, I ran back to see how the marshal was and his leg bone was sticking out of his overalls. I felt really bad for him. Then I got called up to the stewards and cautioned for ignoring the yellow flags. I remember being really annoyed about that because in those conditions you can't even see your front wheels - you are driving on the engine note of the car in front."

Toro Rosso's Sebastien Buemi: "We went out in final practice because we knew qualifying would be wet and if you can pick up a bit of experience it is never bad. Just after the install it was possible to drive. There were some bad spots but it was OK. When it rained it was impossible. There were rivers crossing the circuit and it was impossible to keep the car on the road. It is still raining now so why should we start now when we didn't earlier on?"

McLaren driver Jenson Button on Twitter: "Raining hard here at Suzuka, and it doesn't seem like it's going to stop any time soon! Feel for all you guys back in Europe that are up early!"

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Anon via text: "Why don't the drivers run around the track for qualifying instead?"
Any other qualifying ideas gratefully received. Paper, rock, scissors?

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Daren in Somerset via text: "Morning Mark... what a shame, my thoughts go out to the fans sat in the grandstands getting drenched!"

0630: And there's more boats. Eddie Jordan presents Lee McKenzie with one. I don't know how that will sail. There's Sebastian Vettel goofing around with a camera borrowed from one of the official photographers. No sign of team-mate Mark Webber though. Maybe he's at the ping pong table already.

Lotus technical chief Mike Gascoyne on Twitter: "Again hate to bring bad news but our weather radar prediction for the next two hours is getting even worse, no let up in the rain at all. Really sad for the fans as they are so enthusiastic here and it is really miserable. Hope they're all coming tomorrow and we put on a good show."

Mercedes boss Ross Brawn: "It does not look like it will ease off enough tonight. It gets dark about five o'clock so four o'clock will be the cut-off time. The scenario we imagine is that there will be qualifying tomorrow morning and it will probably still be damp, so that'll be interesting, although the forecast is for conditions to improve and for there to be a dry race."

0622:NEWS UPDATE: Qualifying delayed until at least 0700 BST. There will be another update at 0650 BST.

0619: The drivers are milling around the garages but they realise they will probably not be driving again today. Vettel makes swimming motions to the camera while Massa is out of the back of the garage with his trainers on. Anyone for a game of ping pong?

CodaQueen on Twitter: "I'm in Ohio as part of two months travelling the US so I'm relying on the text coverage to keep me up two date. Hope the rain stops!"
Hi CodaQueen, I'm afraid it's not looking good.

chizzleface on Twitter: "How embarrassing would it be if the safety car were to spin off in one of its laps?"

McLaren's Jenson Button: "The safety car is aquaplaning and in one of these things you're just floating. We'll go out in any conditions but when you get to a corner and the car's just floating. You can't control that. If it carries on like this, we're not going to go out today are we? We're in pretty good shape in these conditions. But I don't think we'll be doing much driving today."

0607: The safety car takes a trip out to have a look at the track. It really is very dark out there. Dreadful. BBC F1 pundit Eddie Jordan says "there is no chance this can happen today, I hope Charlie Whiting puts us out of our misery as soon as possible". Timo Glock is taking shelter in the Virgin Racing garage and says that when he went out earlier, every time he touched the throttle there was wheel spin.

McLaren's Lewis Hamilton: "It's so slippery out there - so many rivers. When it aquaplanes, the car just lifts for a few seconds and right now it doesn't look like there's going to be any qualifying. The crash yesterday did not help me. You need as many laps as you can get here and I have done about 15 laps this weekend but we have been driving all year so we should be OK."

Lotus technical chief Mike Gascoyne on Twitter: "The fact they put it back by 30 mins straight away shows how bad the track conditions are."

0556:NEWS UPDATE: Qualifying delayed by 30 minutes. There will be another update at 0620 BST.

0550: Former F1 driver Alexander Wurz is on the stewards' panel at Suzuka this weekend and he tells BBC One that "under these conditions there can be no qualifying". He believes that we'll have it on Sunday morning, as does McLaren chief Martin Whitmarsh.

0546: BBC One have just showed a video clip of a breathless David Coulthard taking out the 2010 Red Bull around Silverstone. He certainly looked pretty thrilled at the end of it and no wonder, he's a Red Bull reserve driver this weekend.

0542: Now, we've got a long morning ahead of us and it would be fab if you got involved with this damp live text commentary. Contact me via Twitter or text me on 81111 (UK) or +44 7786200666 (worldwide) with FORMULA 1 before your message. It won't hurt, promise.

It's raining
0537: Eddie Jordan says it will be a miracle if qualifying starts on time. Can't argue with him there. Some wag has made a small boat from Red Bull cans and has floated it down the pit lane. That gives you some idea about the amount of water swishing around the track.

BBC Sport's Sarah Holt in Suzuka: "Orlo, I thought you'd better reassure Felipe Massa fans after I said he had gone AWOL and made a getaway in a car. He's back and tucking into a big bowl of nosh - perhaps some of Ferrari's tasty pasta? - at the team's motorhome. Nico Hulkenberg had an absolutely brilliant expression on his face over lunch at Williams, it was one of relaxed annoyance. Other than Friday practice, he has never driven at Suzuka and I know he's super-keen to have a run at in in qualifying. Speaking of keen, you and I might have given up by now but there are plenty of fans still rooted to their seats in the stands. Ankle-length ponchos and huge umbrellas seem to be doing the trick but yes, it is miserable out there."

BBC F1 analyst Anthony Davidson on Twitter: "The rain is now even heavier than the last few minutes of FP3. A few dedicated fans are sitting it out on the banking of Turn Seven!! Respect."

0528: The ever cheery Stefano Domenicali is on BBC One. The Ferrari boss is asked about rumours of his driver Felipe Massa leaving the team at the end of the season. "They are categorically wrong," says Domenicali. So there.

0524: More on Hamilton and his torrid few weeks. He crashed out in Monza and Singapore while suffering another incident at Suzuka which ruined his Friday. BBC F1 commentator Jonathan Legard has filed a blog on Hamilton's state of mind. "His reluctant, smiling admission after practice that he was 'probably pushing too hard' en route to his crash will be seized on by his critics as another example of his excessive aggression behind the wheel costing him his title chances," says Legard. Give it a read why don't you while you are waiting for the rain to stop. Not that it is mind. It's still tipping it down.

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Michaela in Notts via text: "Morning Mark. I've dragged myself out of bed for qualifying and got quite excited when turned on TV and saw the umbrellas. Doesn't look too good now though! I would take championship order if it came to it. Lewis got to have some luck tomorrow!!"

0514: Last night I had the latest instalment of Orlo's F1 dreams. So far this season I've had one about Rubens Barrichello as well as Jenson Button giving me mortgage advice. Yesterday, my dream involved me having to buy a thin camping mattress for Mark Webber. It wasn't a normal one though, it was made of bread. Not sure what was going on there. I think I need some help. Still raining.

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Richard Merrell from Inverness via text: "Bad news about qualifying. In hospital in Glasgow with my son, Charlie, as he begins chemotherapy. A mention would brighten both of our nights whilst we think of something else to pass the time."

BBC pit-lane reporter Ted Kravitz: "Race director Charlie Whiting plans to attempt to start qualifying at 0600 BST. He will keep delaying the start if it is unsafe for the cars to go out. If it stops raining then this track does drain quickly."

0505: Just a plain black BBC Sport waterproof jacket for Eddie Jordan. Unfortunate. I was hoping for a splash of colour. I haven't mentioned this in a while, but it's still raining. "F1 cars are designed for dry or slightly wet conditions but in this you have got no chance," says BBC F1 pundit David Coulthard.

BBC Sport's Sarah Holt in Suzuka: "There are a lot of miserable faces in Suzuka's soaking paddock. Ferrari driver Felipe Massa has for some reason just jumped into a car to escape the rivers of rain while Virgin's Lucas di Grassi and Williams's Rubens Barrichello were sheltering under umbrellas at the back of the garages. There is a feeling here that any decision on whether to postpone qualifying for the Japanese Grand Prix will be made at the very last minute. That decision will be made by FIA race director Charlie Whiting and he will then ask the race stewards to agree to his line of thinking. Former Williams driver Alex Wurz is a race steward here this weekend and he says in his personal opinion as a racing driver he would postpone qualifying until Sunday. The Austrian was also particularly concerned about the fact that my feet were getting wet - which was nice."

0501: And coverage is up and running on BBC One. I'm really looking forward to seeing what EJ's wet-weather gear looks like. The standard issue BBC F1 white jeans are safely locked away in storage this weekend surely?

Ferrari on Twitter: "With one hour to the start of the qualifying session, the rain is still very heavy and steady."

Virgin Racing driver Lucas di Grassi on Twitter: "By the way I am getting my jet-ski ready for qualy... just not sure if corner 130R will be easy flat with it."

0451: It looks as if we could be in for a long morning people. It seems that if the conditions are still poor when qualifying is scheduled to begin at 0600 BST, then it will keep being delayed until the cut off point of 0800 BST.

0445: Just in case you were not with us earlier, Lee McKenzie will be in the chair on BBC One when their coverage begins at 0500 BST as Jake Humphrey is on Commonwealth Games duty. Jake posted a blog after Singapore about what it is like to be a presenter on live telly. Catch the video at the bottom to hear what actually goes on. It's pretty amazing really. I don't think many people could do it.

0439: I can tell you that conditions are not getting any better at Suzuka. Rubbish. If they carry on like this, we are facing the prospect of qualifying on Sunday at 0200 BST. Which is nice. However, race officials will not make a decision immediately and they are likely to go right up to the proposed qualifying start time of 0600 BST before deciding whether to go ahead or not.

0431: As you may or may not know, there has been a lot of speculation recently about the future of seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher. He has struggled since his return to F1 this season with Mercedes, leading to suggestions that he would quit at the end of the year. However, Mercedes-Benz Motorsport vice-president Norbert Haug has denied those reports, saying: "We are currently a little bit handicapped with our car but I have no complaints and no regrets that we're going to achieve our target."

Lotus technical chief Mike Gascoyne on Twitter: "If you are setting your alarms to wake up early to see qualifying you may be disappointed, rain getting harder and harder as predicted."

Force India on Twitter: "Massive amounts of rain now coming down. Even walking seems to be dangerous. Waiting to hear about qualifying now. Likely that the safety car will be sent out to inspect conditions. Qualifying may be delayed until the FIA deems it safe for cars to go out."

0423: I'm sorry to report that it is still pouring at Suzuka. No word as yet as to what is happening at qualifying. I personally like the suggestion from Ben in Hartlepool a little earlier about playing the F1 game on a games console. I played the Suzuka track during the week, in the name of research obviously, and in truth I was hopeless.

0418: This might be a good time to point you to a blog written by our very own Sarah Holt on the challenges presented by the Suzuka circuit. It's a really good read. In it there's a great quote from Mark Webber which I think sums it up perfectly. "It's not often these days that you can take a Formula 1 car to a circuit and feel like the track is in charge of the car, usually it's the other way around."

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Jose in the highlands of Scotland, where rain is just a part of everyday life, via text: "Well done and thank you to Alguersuari and Glock for setting a lap and proving my point of staying up so late!"

BBC F1 analyst Anthony Davidson on Twitter: "I feel really sorry for the fans in conditions like this! I can't see quali happening at this rate."

0410: That was about as meaningful as getting number one in the singles charts. Alguersuari completed nine laps, Glock six, Buemi four with Button and Hamilton clocking three apiece. Now, what will happen with qualifying?

Carl from Somerset via text: "Maybe they should qualify on the new F1 game instead."

0404: Well that was fun wasn't it? The run down of the times isn't going to take long at least. Alguersuari 'quickest' with a 1:55.902, Timo Glock with a 2:07.497 and er... that's it.

Ben from Hartlepool via text: "My solution for the grid, championship order... fastest at the back... slowest at the front... sounds good?"

Chequered flag
0400: And now the Toro Rosso duo of Alguersuari and Sebastien Buemi are out on the track... madness. They really are crawling around the track. Session over. The pair take the chequered flag, they are the only cars to receive it.

0357: Lewis Hamilton is out on the track. That's crazy talk. If anything the rain is getting worse. Hamilton then tells his team: "Guys, this is just unbelievable. Pretty much impossible to drive out here. There are rivers everywhere." BBC pit-lane reporter Holly Samos says McLaren's new parts have arrived from the airport and that Lewis went out to get some data but obviously took the decision that it was not worth it.

0353: Mercedes boss Ross Brawn is being interviewed on the Red Button and to be honest he doesn't sound too optimistic about qualifying. "We don't think qualifying will start if it's this bad and we are not sure of the merits of running in these conditions," he says. "It will be too dangerous. When the cars run they will not clear the water. I will be disappointed if we start qualifying in these conditions. We could have the grid decided by championship order, that's happened before, or for qualifying to take place on Sunday morning."

BBC pit-lane reporter Ted Kravitz: "There are no plans for Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber to go out. It's all about the safety of the drivers but a wet qualifying is fantastic. We want to see a jumbled up grid."

0345: Hmmm, will qualifying go ahead today or will it take place on Sunday morning? It's certainly looking dodgy at the moment. Anyway, Robert Kubica is out and about on the track... and them comes in. Only Glock and Alguersuari have set a time so far. Still raining.

Force India team manager Andy Stevenson: "It is certainly not safe to run. The drivers are more than capable but the tyres can't move so much water. We are not planning to send the drivers out in this. I hope qualifying goes ahead today because a lot of people have come to watch it."

BBC Sport's Sarah Holt in Suzuka: "Jaime Alguersuari is one of the friendliest drivers in the paddock and it's always time well spent popping up to Toro Rosso for a quick chat. In Suzuka, the 20-year-old's opening gambit was how he'd love to be a Radio 1 DJ, especially because he's a huge fan of dance legend Pete Tong. For now he is an F1 driver who is focused on not repeating his 2009 qualifying antics today. Alguersuari crashed out in Q2 last season and reckons he has learned his lesson saying: 'It's all about driving confidence here and knowing where the limit of the car is. Our car is more or less the same as Singapore but I'm hoping we will be quite fast and hopefully get three or four points this weekend, not just one."

0337: Crikey it is grim out there. One word: grey. We are getting pictures now of some very wet and miserable spectators. No running at the moment.

Ferrari on Twitter: "There is no really point to run now with these conditions. Too risky and nothing to learn."

Lotus chief technical officer Mike Gascoyne: "Our forecast is that the rain is going to get heavier. If it's like this, they'll have to look at postponing qualifying until tomorrow morning. If they say go out at two o'clock, we'll go out at two o'clock, but it doesn't do anybody any good if half the field are in the Turn One barrier. If they do move it, it would make Sunday morning less boring than it normally is."

BBC pit-lane reporter Ted Kravitz: "Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton have told their team that it is too dangerous to carry on. The conditions are past the capacity of the tyres."

0328: Alguersuari is back out there now. Brave boy. And we have a time. Get in there son. It's a 1:55.902. BBC F1 analyst Anthony Davidson wants more cars on the track to help shift some of the water on the track. He doesn't look like he is going to get his way though. Timo Glock is the only man keeping Alguersuari company.

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner: "We've had limited wet running this season but we were on pole and P3 in the rain in Malaysia. These days downforce is very much the over-riding factor in wet or dry conditions and to be honest the set-up changes very little. It's a matter of putting on the wet tyres and dialling in the car from there."

0321: Toro Rosso's Jaime Alguersuari is very twitchy and he tells his team: "Big, big aquaplaning." He is then told to come into the pits. Lewis Hamilton is the only car on the track now. It's still tipping it down. Boo.

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Pranav in London via text: "Morning Mark, had five hours sleep too and staying up for qualifying. Lewis for the front row!"

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Sean from Newcastle via text: "Hi Mark. Now into the 28th waking hour and not sleeping until I see Webber on pole."

BBC F1 commentator Jonathan Legard on Twitter: "Rain increasing for final practice. Meant to continue like that for the day. FIA keen to complete quali so could run tomorrow if disrupted."

0314: And we have our first spin. Timo Glock pirouettes at Spoon but he keeps the engine running and is able to carry on. The rain is getting heavier now and Glock says he can't drive. He really is tip-toeing around the track now.

0310: Lucas di Grassi is on the team radio to his Virgin Racing team and he worryingly says "there are so many rivers out on the track, it's unbelievable". Unsurprisingly there are no times as yet.

Ferrari on Twitter: "Both drivers are back in the garage. Now it will take some time to run again."

BBC pit-lane reporter Holly Samos: "When Lewis Hamilton crashed on Friday, he damaged a lot of the new components on the car. McLaren flew out new components out from their factory and they are now being helicoptered in to Suzuka. Potentially they could be here by the end of final practice."

0300: We have the green light and a few of the cars are gently crawling their way around the circuit. It really is horrendous out there. This could be a fun hour.

Eddie Jordan and Lee McKenzie
Green is definitely the new black
0255: Our Red Button coverage is now up and running at the top of this page. Meanwhile we've now got a disturbing picture of Eddie Jordan in his Swampy get up (see Holty's entry a bit earlier). That should cheer you up at this early hour. Just in case you don't recognise her, EJ is standing next to Lee McKenzie, who is presenting BBC One's coverage this weekend in the absence of Jake Humphrey.

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Anon via text: "Hi Mark. Got the coffee on? I've been playing with my band in a bar tonight so decided to stay up when I got in. Come on Jenson!"
A very wise decision. No caffeine as yet, I will need it very soon though!

0250: This could be a very quiet practice session so I will need your messages to keep me going. Let me know your predictions for qualifying and where you are watching proceedings from Japan at this ridiculous time of day. You can use Twitter or text on 81111 (UK) or +44 7786200666 (worldwide) with FORMULA 1 before your message.

0247: We're getting telly pictures now from Suzuka and it's as grey as a summer's day in Margate. It's wet. Very wet. A little stream of water is now flowing down the pit lane. Lotus technical chief Mike Gascoyne says his team are "only planning to do an installation lap at the moment".

BBC Sport's Sarah Holt in Suzuka: "Hello all. The rain has been steadily falling here all morning and has just got heavier ahead of final practice. The grim, wet weather means two things. First, all the drivers will now use third practice to reassess their performance ahead of qualifying at 0600 BST as their cars are tweaked to a wet set-up. Secondly, EJ is now flitting between BBC HQ and the paddock in a sludge-green poncho - an unusual fashion choice that prompted someone to nickname him 'Swampy'."

0241: Here's your menu for today. We've got an hour of third and final practice starting at 0300 BST with qualifying at 0600 BST. Coverage of both sessions is on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra with qualifying on BBC One from 0500 BST. All of that is also available in the console at the top of this page. Tidy.

McLaren test driver Gary Paffett on Twitter: "Pretty constant rain at Suzuka. Not as heavy as expected but will be around all day. Conditions good to run on wets/inters."

Lotus technical chief Mike Gascoyne on Twitter: "Morning from a wet paddock, although not as wet as predicted but still saying the rain will get heavier through the day."

0235: It certainly was a difficult day for the 2008 world champion at Suzuka yesterday, as a crash during first practice badly damaged his car and left him with very little running time to try out McLaren's modified front and rear wings. There were no such worries for the Red Bulls boys though as they dominated the opening day. Will anyone get close in third practice and qualifying? We'll know a bit more over the next four and bit hours.

0230: Morning all. Hope you managed to get some sleep. I got a full five hours; wonder if that was more than Lewis Hamilton managed?

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After 60 of 61 laps
Position Driver Team

Race stopped at 60 laps

1 Great Britain L Hamilton Mercedes
2 Germany S Vettel Red Bull
3 Australia D Ricciardo Red Bull
4 Spain F Alonso Ferrari
5 Brazil F Massa Williams
6 France J Vergne Toro Rosso
7 Mexico S Perez Force India
8 Finland K Raikkonen Ferrari
9 Germany N Hulkenberg Force India
10 Denmark K Magnussen McLaren
11 Finland V Bottas Williams
12 Venezuela P Maldonado Lotus
13 France R Grosjean Lotus
14 Russia D Kvyat Toro Rosso
15 Sweden M Ericsson Caterham
16 France J Bianchi Marussia
17 Great Britain M Chilton Marussia
18 Great Britain J Button (ret.) McLaren
19 Germany A Sutil (ret.) Sauber
20 Mexico E Gutierrez (ret.) Sauber
21 Germany N Rosberg (ret.) Mercedes
22 Japan K Kobayashi (ret.) Caterham

see also
Japanese GP Saturday photos
09 Oct 10 |  Formula 1
Japanese GP qualifying postponed
09 Oct 10 |  Formula 1
Ferrari dismiss doubts over Massa
09 Oct 10 |  Formula 1
Alonso not worried by Suzuka rain
08 Oct 10 |  Formula 1
Hamilton suffers practice crash
08 Oct 10 |  Formula 1
Red Bull on top in Japan practice
08 Oct 10 |  Formula 1
Schumacher 'to continue driving'
10 Oct 10 |  Formula 1
Next two races critical - Vettel
08 Oct 10 |  Formula 1
Alonso declares himself favourite
07 Oct 10 |  Formula 1
Hamilton eyes championship charge
07 Oct 10 |  Formula 1
McLaren duo 'still in title hunt'
06 Oct 10 |  Formula 1
Hard part still to come - Alonso
04 Oct 10 |  Formula 1

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