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Japanese Grand Prix: Nico Rosberg on pole

Updated: 26 September 2015 16:02 IST - Published: 26 September 2015 09:50 IST
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Session is over after red flags out. Nico Rosberg is on pole!
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Just over 2 minutes to go and all drivers are out. Rosberg on provisional pole.
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Nico Rosberg on provisional pole with 1:32.584 followed by Lewis Hamilton, 0.076 behind his teammate.
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Chequered flag is out and Rosberg in P1, Hamilton is in P2. Mercedes leads the pack followed by Kimi Raikkonen.
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3 minutes to go and Pastor Maldonado is currrently at the bottom, 3.170 seconds behind leader Rosberg.
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Max Verstappen's abrupt stop was caused by a loss of power, says the Dutch driver. He was out of Qualifying in Q1 although his time was sufficient for progress.
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Mercedes and Williams lead Q2 with 8 minutes to go. Kimi Raikkonen's on his first timed lap of the session. He goes P3.
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10 minutes to go in Q2 with Nico Rosberg leading Lewis Hamilton by a hundredth of a second. They're followed by Daniil Kvyat, all on primes.
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Last 3 minutes of Q1 and Mercedes are the pacesetters with Hamilton and Rosberg in P1 and P2 followed by Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen.
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Both Ferraris are out, also on hard compounds.
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Medium compounds for Sauber and Manor-Marussia as well as McLaren's Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button.
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The Mercedes drivers are now ahead of the pack with reigning champion Lewis Hamilton on 1:33.595 followed by Nico Rosberg and Daniel Ricciardo.
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Max Verstappen with 1:35.415 the early pacesetter in Q1 ahead of Lotus' Romain Grosjean.
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Both Toro Rossos - Verstappen and Sainz are on hard tyres.
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And they're off! Red Bull and Lotus are both out, as is Force India's Nico Hulkenberg. It's slightly cloudy, but no rain today so far.
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5 minutes until qualifying at the Japanese Grand Prix - the fight for pole position begins!
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DID YOU KNOW: Michael Schumacher has the record for most pole positions at Suzuka with a staggering 8.He's followed by Sebastian Vettel with 4, and Ayrton Senna, who had 3.
DID YOU KNOW: Michael Schumacher has the record for most pole positions at Suzuka with a staggering 8.He's followed by Sebastian Vettel with 4, and Ayrton Senna, who had 3.
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After two days of rain, Suzuka is finally sunny with a lower likelihood of precipitation at the track. After Red Bull Racing's Dany Kvyat dominated days 1 and 2, Mercedes' Nico Rosberg topped FP3.