Sebastian Vettel set the fastest lap of the race as he tried to regain the place he lost to Lewis Hamilton, while Nico Rosberg was cruising in the lead.
Nico Rosberg scored his ninth victory of the season in the Japanese Grand Prix on another tough day for his team mate.
Nico Rosberg can win the championship by finishing second to Lewis Hamilton in the remaining races, following his Japanese Grand Prix victory.
Nico Rosberg won the Japanese Grand Prix ahead of Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton.
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Hamilton starts behind Rosberg for the third year running at Suzuka and the battle between the Mercedes men could be settled at the start.
Pictures from qualifying and final practice for the 2016 Japanese Grand Prix.
A thrilling qualifying session for the Japanese Grand Prix saw Nico Rosberg beat his team mate to pole position by a tiny margin.
Nico Rosberg took pole position for the Japanese Grand Prix, beating Lewis Hamilton by 13 thousandths of a second.
Nico Rosberg completed a clean sweep of all three practice sessions for the Japanese Grand Prix in a damp final hour of running.
Fernando Alonso won Driver of the Weekend for the second time in the last four races after climbing to seventh place in Malaysia.
Daniel Ricciardo believes the wet conditions expected for Saturday’s qualifying session at Suzuka will give Red Bull a chance to take the fight to Mercedes.
Nico Rosberg stayed on top in the second practice session for the Japanese Grand Prix but he was only fractionally ahead of his team mate.
Pictures from the first day of practice for the 2016 Japanese Grand Prix.
Nico Rosberg led a one-two for the Mercedes drivers during the first practice session as Red Bull avoided showing their potential.
The Malaysian Grand Prix produced on of the biggest surprises of the season – and received one of the highest ratings.
Mercedes again arrive poised to clinch the constructors’ title – but all eyes are on the drivers’ championship fight after Lewis Hamilton’s engine failure.
Wet conditions are predicted for both the qualifying session and race at Suzuka this weekend.
Pictures from the build-up to the 2016 Japanese Grand Prix.