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Japanese Grand Prix - 27 September 2015

Japanese Grand Prix – Follow this F1 race live with Eurosport. The action starts at 05:00 on 27 September 2015. Our live coverage lets you follow all the key moments as they happen.
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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.

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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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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.

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