Japanese GP: Qualifying

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ByTheMinF1

Morning all. Time for action from Suzuka where Mercedes have found some serious pace head of qualifying, Bottas and Hamilton occupy spots 1 and 2 on Softs while the rest trail by 0.3 on Super Softs!

Bottaas did have an off and sustained some damage, will have to see if that affects his qualifying. Kimi is going to have to take penalties for a new gearbox.

Off we go, Hamilton is out early and Bottas is also on his out lap. Kimi in the garage. Hamilton is on softs

Almost matches his time from this morning. 1.29.5. Vettel next to set a time, 1.29.7

Bottas is out on the super softs and nearly goes off into the barriers again on his first flying lap! Everything ok with the car he radios

Kimi can go out. He heads off in the super softs, only 11 mins left in Q1

Hamilton improves to 1.29.3. Bottas matches it to 0.007. Vettel almost up as well with 0.027.

Verstanden is flying and goes fastest on Super softs, 1.29.1. Kimi 6th, Ricciardo 5th. Hamilton fastest again, still on softs, 1.29.0 now.

Lewis appears to be in a class of his own today

6 mins to go and Gro, Gas, Str, Eri, Weh in the drop zone