Formula One 2018: Japan Grand Prix – live!

  • Updates from the Japan Grand Prix at the Suzuka circuit
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5.45am BST

Hamilton has won five of the last six races and taken four of the last six poles. He’s certainly the form driver right now.

5.42am BST

As Giles Richard wrote yesterday, Lewis Hamilton’s eighth pole of the season is only his second at Suzuka. He converted pole to a win here last year but scored his previous two poles in Japan when the race was held at Fuji. He has four wins at the Japanese Grand Prix, one at Fuji and three at Suzuka, the latter all with Mercedes who have yet to be beaten here during the turbo-hybrid era.

5.40am BST

Quick guide to the Japanese GP: Grid and qualifying times

1 Lewis Hamilton (GB) Mercedes 1min 27.760sec
2 Valtteri Bottas (Fin) Mercedes 1:28.059
3 Max Verstappen (Neth) Red Bull 1:29.057

4 Kimi Räikkönen (Fin) Ferrari 1:29.521; 5 Romain Grosjean (Fr) Haas 1:29.761; 6 Brendon Hartley (NZ) Toro Rosso 1:30.023; 7 Pierre Gasly (Fr) Toro Rosso 1:30.093; 8 Sebastian Vettel (Ger) Ferrari 1:32.192; 9 Sergio Pérez (Mex) Force India 1:37.229; 10 Charles Leclerc (Mon) Sauber 1:29.864; 11 Esteban Ocon* (Fr) Force India 1:30.126; 12 Kevin Magnussen (Den) Haas 1:30.226; 13 Carlos Sainz (Sp) Renault 1:30.490; 14 Lance Stroll (Can) Williams 1:30.714, 15 Daniel Ricciardo (Aus) Red Bull No Time; 16Nico Hülkenberg (Ger) Renault 1:30.361; 17 Sergey Sirotkin (Rus) Williams 1:30.372; 18 Fernando Alonso (Sp) McLaren 1:30.573; 19 Stoffel Vandoorne (Bel) McLaren 1:31.041; 20 Marcus Ericsson (Swe) Sauber 1:31.213.

5.38am BST

Good afternoon, good morning or good evening, depending on where you are in the world. Here’s a look at the grid.

After a 3-place grid penalty for Esteban Ocon, the front rows of the #JapaneseGP grid look like this… pic.twitter.com/a33Ya2UXv6

4.09am BST

While we wait for the race to start, have a read of Giles Richards’s story about Lewis Hamilton taking pole.

Related: Lewis Hamilton takes pole for Japanese F1 GP with Sebastian Vettel ninth

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