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5 talking points ahead of Japanese GP

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427   //    06 Oct 2017, 16:55 IST

F1 Grand Prix of Japan
Lewis Hamilton lost out to ex-teammate Nico Rosberg in last year's Japanese Grand Prix

The Formula 1 community heads to the Suzuka International Circuit this weekend for round 16 of the F1 calendar - the Japanese Grand Prix.

There's been no rest for the drivers and the engineers, coming straight from Kuala Lumpur where Red Bull's Max Verstappen won his second F1 race, ahead of Lewis Hamilton and team-mate Daniel Ricciardo.

Hamilton, the championship leader, increased his gap from 28 to 34 points ahead of Sebastian Vettel despite the German finishing just outside the podium places.

Let's look at the biggest talking points ahead of a busy race weekend:

5) Who will be Lance Stroll's future teammate at Williams?

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Will this be Felipe Massa's final season?

Most teams on the grid have announced their two drivers ahead of next season, but Williams are one of the few still to confirm their racers.

In between Malaysia and Japan, there has been much gossip going on outside the Williams garage.

Many expect rookie driver Lance Stroll to stay for a second season but there a few drivers rumoured to be in contention for the other seat.

Earlier this week, news broke that Robert Kubica would be testing for two days at Williams after an impressive comeback in the summer where he tested for Renault. Paul Di Resta is another possibility as the Briton has been the team's reserve driver throughout the season whilst competing for Mercedes in DTM.

Felipe Massa expects to make a decision on his future come the Brazilian Grand Prix in November, the penultimate race of the season. The South American originally retired from F1 after the 2016 season but returned to Williams after Valtteri Bottas made a move to Mercedes.

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