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Japanese Grand Prix
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Follow the Japanese Grand Prix live with Eurosport. The race starts at 05:00 on 27 September 2015. Find race results, standings, stats, scores and track info. Keep up with the top F1 drivers and teams including Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes), Valteri Bottas (Mercedes) and Max Verstappen (Red Bull Racing).
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As shall I. Many thanks for your company this morning!

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Sebastian Vettel pours champagne over Lewis Hamilton's head while he does his podium interviews. German TV presenter Kai Ebel sensibly takes the opportunity to wrap things up.

07:45 

"The car was beautiful to drive today," Lewis Hamilton says.

07:40

Time for the podium and the national anthems.

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"I tried everything," says a dejected-sounding Vettel.

53/53

Well, that's that then - a Mercedes one-two, and a ridiculously non-eventful race.

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51/53 

Hang on, Felipe Nasr has just retired. Two laps left.

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"FIGHT THE RED BULLS!" Marcus Ericsson is told, with Kvyat and Ricciardo lurking behind him.

50/53 

Sergio Perez has been so patient, waiting for his chance to get past Marcus Ericsson, and now he's up into 12th and he's pulling away.

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46/53 

Ah, Max Verstappen, another fantastic piece of driving, moving past his team-mate and up into ninth.

45/53 

Will Stevens has a very nasty spin, moving from 180 degrees, and he's very fortunate that nobody runs into him.

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43/53 

Dany Kvyat has a rather optimistic move into the Ss, putting pressure on Perez.

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A five-second penalty for Will Stevens.

40/53 

Vettel is making in-roads on Rosberg's advantage.

39/53

Time for everyone to sing the blue flag song.

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37/53 

This is not a race with a great deal of drama, is it? That first lap was terrific but since then it's really turned into one of those processions we're all sick of seeing.

36/53 

Will Stevens - in the slowest car in F1 - is under investigation for speeding in the pit lane.

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34/53 

Lewis Hamilton is still leading, by the way. He's ten seconds ahead of his team-mate.

33/53 

Perez is advised to "use everything from the tyre" for the next five laps. He's currently running ninth and holding off Carlos Sainz.

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And Rosberg moves into second, taking advantage of the undercut as Vettel re-emerges back into third.

31/53 

And Sebastian Vettel is called in to the pits again. What an intriguing race this is in terms of the stop strategy.

30/53 

Hamilton's complaining of vibration on his tyres, Kimi Raikkonen undercuts Valtteri Bottas after a pit.

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29/53 

No wonder Perez is reporting a lot of debris on the track, it's a big chunk of Sainz's car left out there.

28/53 

Long stop and a lot of work done on Sainz's car - he hit the bollard en route to the pits.

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27/53 

Poor Fernando Alonso. "THIS IS A GP2 ENGINE!" he shouts over the radio. He's pretty much resigned at this point, hasn't he?

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26/53 

And at Turn 1, Verstappen moves past Alonso, smoothly round the outside.

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25/53 

Alonso is driving so well in that McLaren, holding off the exuberant Verstappen brilliantly so far.

24/53 

Two good pit stops for the Manor Marussias and now everyone has been in at least once.

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23/53 

Dany Kvyat reports a problem with his brakes.

22/53 

Rosberg is turning up the heat on Vettel, who's in turn turning up the motor.

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19/53 

Fastest lap so far recorded - and it's from young Carlos Sainz, moving in on the Lotuses and the top 10.

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Kvyat is told not to use his overtake button. Basically his car is like a Flintstones one at this point.

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Oh, well, that was easy, and didn't even require any tyre destruction. Rosberg catches Bottas unawares and rolls past.

18/53 

"Push to attack Bottas TO DESTROY HIS TYRES!" commands Rosberg's team.

17/53 

Nope. Great stop from Mercedes, Hamilton maintains his advantage.

16/53 

The Mercedes pair are called in next. Sebastian Vettel needs to take advantage of this if at all possible.

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15/53 

"It doesn't work!" reports Daniil Kvyat. Unsure what exactly he means, but bearing in mind his entire car was rebuilt overnight it's probably not a surprise.

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14/53 

Great stop by Ferrari - just 2.2 seconds.

13/53 

Sebastian Vettel is called in as Ferrari run around quickly to prepare for his arrival.

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12/53 

Mercedes are urging Rosberg to push at Bottas - but Williams promptly call Bottas into the pits.

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Bit of drift there from Marcus Ericsson, who leaves himself isolated at the side of the track but gets himself back on line.

11/53 

Rosberg is getting nowhere near Bottas, by the way. What's going on there?

10/53 

First pit stops - Kvyat starts the cascade.

8/53 

Max Verstappen is complaining about his lack of speed. Speak to Alonso, whippersnapper, he'll share your pain.

7/53 

Whoa. Fernando Alonso has obviously finally run out of whatever patience he still had with his car, and informs his team that it is "embarrassing".

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Verstappen is worrying away at Felipe Nasr in 12th. Knowing that youngster, expect some intrigue.

6/53 

Lewis Hamilton is told to stretch his lead to ten seconds.

5/53 

Rosberg is asking his team whether he can get a power boost from his engine.

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Perez has had to go in as well after incurring a puncture just after the start.

3/53 

And Hamilton's recorded the fastest lap - has he wrapped this up already?

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Ricciardo drags his poor limping car across a chicane and into the pits and Massa's car is just mewling as it tries to get there as well.

2/53 

So Rosberg is now in fourth and nearly three and a half seconds behind his team-mate.

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Massa touches wheels with Daniel Ricciardo and both of them are going to have to pull into the pits as they loiter at the back of the field.

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Rosberg gets away cleanly but Hamilton tucks in on the inside and goes past him!

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GO! GO! GO!

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06:00 

A very busy grid clears and the formation lap begins. Flags are waving prettily in the stands.

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The word is that Nico Rosberg is not feeling well - he has a headache and a sore neck.

05:45

The national anthem is observed very well by all.

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Nico Hulkenberg reckons he should have given Felipe Massa a bit more room last weekend, but stops short of agreeing he deserves his penalty.

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05:40 

Max Verstappen seems fairly convinced the three-place grid penalty he's received was unfair.

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Dark and very early in the UK, but looks reasonably bright at Suzuka on what's a sombre weekend.

05:30 

Good morning, all, and welcome to our LIVE coverage of the Japanese Grand Prix.