The 1st and 2nd practice sessions on Friday were run under wet conditions while the 3rd practice this morning was run under dry conditions giving the teams and drivers just 1 hour to prepare for qualifying and the race!
Jarno Trulli was fastest in the morning session ahead of Sebastian Buemi and Nico Rosberg
Mark Webber crashed out in practice and reports indicate that the car sustained significant damage and cannot be repaired prior to qualifying!
Formula 1 returns to Suzuka after 2 years in Fuji. 8 drivers will be racing here for the first time in Formula 1
Confirmation that Webber will not take part in qualifying. He will start from the back of the grid tomorrow
Air temperature at 26 while track temperature is at 40 degrees
Qualifying is expected to be very close!
1st qualifying session underway!
Buemi is the first out on the track followed by Liuzzi
It is sunny at Suzuka! What a change from yesterday!
Button on the track!
Fisichella on the track too
Buemi is off!! He is into the barrier
Buemi managed to drive out of the gravel but his car is damaged
A 1:33.585 for Liuzzi
Buemi pits. He has 15 minutes to get back out. It will be very unlikely!
Alguersuari sets a 1:33.124
16 cars on the track
Trulli fastest with a 1:31.810. He is on the harder compound
Everyone on the track expect Webber and Buemi
Buemi may be able to make it back out!
7 minutes into the session and it is Trulli from Button and Grosjean
Vettel now fastest with a 1:31.628
Trulli goes fastest again with a 1:31.080
Vettel takes it back with a 1:30.979
Kovalainen spins, spins, spins and recovers!
10 minutes into Q1 - Top 10: Vettel, Trulli, Kubica, Glock, Barrichello, Alonso, Button, Raikkonen, Nakajima and Hamilton
Currently the top 13 are separated by 1 second!
Fisichella in 18th despite being on the soft compound!
Hamilton moves into second with a 1:31.056
Buemi gets back out with less than 5 minutes to go. He could make it into Q2!
Alonso up into 5th with a 1:31.401
Raikkonen moves into 5th with a 1:31.339
Final run in Q1 - Everyone on the track expect Vettel, Webber and Alonso
Buemi moves into 4th!
Alonso decides to go back out at the last minute!
Alonso pits! He is 10th. Kovalainen could be in trouble!
Kovalainen makes it! He goes 12th
Q1 Top 10: Vettel, Hamilton, Button, Trulli, Buemi, Raikkonen, Barrichello, Rosberg, Sutil and Alonso
Q1 - Knocked out: Fisichella, Nakajima, Grosjean, Liuzzi. Webber didn't take part
Second qualifying session about to start
Raikkonen is the first out
Kovalainen and Kubica also out
This will be a very close session
8 drivers on the track. Raikkonen on his first flyer
A 1:31.195 for Raikkonen
Alguesuari crashed! Session stopped
Q2 - Stopped: Alguesuari's car is badly damaged!
Q2 - Stopped: Alguesuari drove straight into the barriers. He is ok
Q2 - Stopped: Alguesuari is still in the car!
Q2 - Stopped: Alguesuari lifted out of the car but he is now walking! Great news
Q2 - Stopped: Webber, Buemi and Alguesuari all crashed at the same corner!
Session restarting in 2 minutes
Q2 - Session resumes
Trulli and Glock go out and so does Heidfeld
More cars go out on the track!
With Alguersuari out. 4 cars will be knocked out this session
Another crash! Glock! Session stopped
Strange how Glock went off. Going onto the main straight
Q2 - Stopped: Glock still in his car
Q2 - Stopped: Glock is getting help as he remains in the car
Q2 - Stopped: Looks like Glock may have some injury
Q2 - Stopped: Only 2 timed laps so far. Trulli and Raikkonen
Q2 - Stopped: Stretcher arriving at the scene
Q2 - Stopped: Replay shows that Glock took out the steering wheel. Hopefully he didn't sustain any serious injuries
Q2 - Stopped: 7:49 remains in the session #F1
With Alguersuari and Glock out. Only 3 cars will be knocked out this session
Q2 Stopped: Glock didn't take part in practice yesterday due to a heavy cold. Did he get back into the car too early ?
Q2 Stopped: Glock has been taken out of the car. He seems to be ok #F1
Q2 Stopped: Glock taken to the medical centre for further checks #F1
Q2 Stopped: Session restarting in a minute
Alonso waiting at the end of the pitlane
Alonso and Rosberg go out immediately
Hamilton out on the track too
Alonso in 3rd
Hamilton very quick!
Hamilton goes fastest with a 1:30.627
Vettel moves into 3rd
Now all the cars are on the track except for Glock and Alguersuari
[Comment From Parashar ] where is sutil ?
[Ed] No time yet
Vettel goes quickest with a 1:30.341!
Heidfeld on a quick one!
Button and Barrichello are not so quick! They both may not make it!
Yellow flags! Buemi has an incident!
A few cars have made it but they may have set their quickest times under yellow!
[Comment From Parashar ] wat is happening ? this qualiying has most no.of accidents in this season.
It is surprising to see Buemi managing to get his car back to the pits!
Q2 - Top 10: Vettel, Hamilton, Trulli, Button, Raikkonen, Barrichello, Buemi, Sutil, Kovalainen and Heidfeld
Q2: Knocked out: Rosberg, Alonso and Kubica. Glock and Alguersuari crashed
[Comment From Parashar ] is sutil out of relegation ???for q3
[Ed] Sutil is in Q3
[Comment From Parashar ] why was luizzi so off pace ??? did he caught traffic ??
[Ed] Unclear but he did have a gearbox change
Buemi will not take part in Q3
Q3 underway and Sutil and Kovalainen are out
8 cars on the track now
[Comment From Parashar ] so now its confirmed sutil will in top 9
[Ed] He is taking part now
All cars on the track expect for Buemi
Kovalainen crashes! Session will stop
Q3 stopped! This is the 3rd red flag in qualifying!
Kovalainen is fine but his car is heavily damaged!
[Comment From Parashar ] ohh wat is this japan is unlucky for majority of drivers.
[Ed] It is a tricky track and many drivers haven't raced here
Q3 stopped: Kovalainen radios back that he is 'absolutely fine'
Q3 session restarting shortly
Raikkonen and Trulli out straight away as the session restarts!
Raikkonen is on the harder compound!
Raikkonen sets a 1:33.010
Heidfeld on a very quick lap and so is Vettel !
8 cars on the track with just a minute remaining
[Comment From Parashar ] wat abt sutil ?
[Ed] A slow time for some reason!
Vettel sets a 1:32.160
[Comment From sachin ] total 4 accidents???
Trulli second with a 1:32.220. Heidfeld in 3rd
Sutil in 3rd
Hamilton takes 3rd
Button on 7th!
Barrichello in 5th!
So it is Vettel from Trulli and Hamilton
Sutil, Barrichello, Heidfeld, Button, Raikkonen make the top 8. Kovalainen and Buemi didn't set times
[Comment From Archive ] Aren't there any other drivers on track?
[Ed] Many drivers opted for just a single run
[Comment From Archive ] thanks for that
[Ed] You are welcome
[Comment From Archive ] parashar u seemed to be obssessed with force india
[Comment From Parashar ] is session over ???
[Comment From Parashar ] yes Archive i am greta fab of Force india
[Comment From Parashar ] Thanks Ed for updates
[Ed] You are welcome
[Comment From sachin ] good qualifying for sutil
Fuel weights will be published in a few hours
Vettel "Very very happy" after grabbing Pole for the Japanese Grand Prix
[Comment From Parashar ] i think trulli is running light
[Ed] Not too sure. The Toyota's have been quick today
News on Glock is that he has a left leg wound. It remains to be seen if he will be able to race tomorrow. If he cannot then Toyota will have only 1 car as he cannot be replaced.
It remains to be seen whether those who set their quick times under yellow flags in Q2 will be penalised! Those include Button and Barrichello!
Reports that a number of drivers have been called by the stewards for speeding under yellow flags (during Q2)
[Comment From Parashar ] so 2mrw no one car less on grid right ,timo's accident
[Ed] Not sure what the question is but Timo may race. It depends if he is cleared for the race or not
Ross Brawn expects a penalty for a few drivers including his own two!
It is now reported that Sutil, Barrichello, Button, Buemi and Alonso will get a 5 place grid penalty for ignoring the yellow flags at the end of Q2. Buemi also gets a reprimand
And Kovalainen is to get a 5 place penalty for a gearbox change!