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Live Reporting

By Michael Emons

All times stated are UK

  1. Thanks and goodbye

    That is the end of this live page. We'll be back on Sunday (not Saturday) at 01:00 BST for a bumper day of qualifying and then the race (hopefully).

    Thanks for joining us and see you on Sunday. Off to bed!

    Bye for now.

  2. Qualifying postponed in Japan as typhoon nears - read the report

    Andrew Benson

    BBC Sport’s chief F1 writer at Suzuka


    Formula 1 has cancelled all activities at the Japanese Grand Prix on Saturday as Typhoon Hagibis approaches.

    The tropical storm, the year's biggest, is due to hit Japan on Saturday and strong winds are set to continue into Sunday, when qualifying and race will be held.

    Valtteri Bottas led Lewis Hamilton to a Mercedes one-two in second practice.

    The results of which could decide the grid if conditions are too difficult to hold qualifying on Sunday morning.

    Bottas was 0.1 seconds quicker than Hamilton, with Max Verstappen third and the Ferraris of Charles Leclerc and Sebastian Vettel fourth and fifth ahead of Red Bull's Alexander Albon.

  3. Here comes the rain

    And just as the session ends, Jennie Gow reports that it has started raining.

    Remember, there is no third practice at all because of the incoming Typhoon Hagibis.

    Qualifying has been provisionally rearranged to take place at 10am local time (02:00 BST) on Sunday, so Saturday is a day off for everyone. If qualifying does not happen then the grid will be determined by everyone's second session times.

    The race is still scheduled to take place at 14:10 local time (06:10 BST) on Sunday.

  4. Times from session two

    Second session
  5. BreakingBottas fastest in second practice

    As we've said, if qualifying does not happen in its rearranged time of 02:00 BST on Sunday then our polesitter will be...Valtteri Bottas.

    He has not been on pole since the British Grand Prix in race 10 but, just as he was earlier on in session one, is the quickest man on track in session two.

    It could well be an all-Mercedes front row as Lewis Hamilton, once again, is second quickest.

    Next comes Max Verstappen, then Charles Leclerc in fourth, Sebastian Vettel in fifth and Alexander Albon sixth.

    Carlos Sainz is seventh, Sergio Perez eighth, Pierre Gasly ninth, Lando Norris 10th.

    Valtteri Bottas
  6. Post update

    Renault desperately need qualifying now on Sunday. Ricciardo 17th, Hulkenberg 18th otherwise.

  7. Post update

    Leclerc improves up to fourth, Vettel fifth, but three and five tenths respectively off Valtteri Bottas.

    Leclerc has had four pole positions in a row. If the rain wipes out qualifying on Sunday then he won't even be on the front row here.

  8. Get Involved

    Extreme weather in F1 #bbcf1

    Rachel T: Extreme weather? Try Silverstone 2018 with blistering 30 degree temps with ZERO shade at Vale for 10 hours. Fried alive!

    British GP fans 2018
  9. Post update

    "We seem to be in a poor spot," says Sebastian Vettel whose flyer is hampered by those around him.

  10. Post update

    A late tyre change for some for a quick blast to head up the order.

  11. Post update

    If this is how we start on Sunday (if qualifying does not happen on that day) then Lewis Hamilton will begin on the front row, aiming to join Michael Schumacher on six wins in Japan.

    Most successful
  12. The times (13 mins to go)

    1. Bottas (Mercedes, 1:27.785)
    2. Hamilton (Mercedes, +0.1)
    3. Verstappen (Red Bull, +0.281)
    4. Vettel (Ferrari, +0.607)
    5. Albon (Red Bull, +0.617)
    6. Leclerc (Ferrari, +0.639)
    7. Sainz (McLaren, +1.266)
    8. Perez (Racing Point, +1.514)
    9. Norris (McLaren, +1.573)
    10. Raikkonen (Alfa Romeo, +1.692)
  13. Post update

    The top two in the title race were the top two in session one and session two. However, Bottas is the man set to be top for the second time today.

    Remember, Hamilton can't win the world title this weekend. If he wins here and then in Mexico again then he will be a six-time world champion.

    Drivers' championship
  14. Get Involved

    F1 in extreme weather #bbcf1

    Matt Claypole: Malaysia 2009. Torrential rain puts an early end to the race. Raikkonen becomes (even more of a) legend by eating ice cream in pit lane. Once an iceman, always an iceman.

    Simon Baker: When it comes to extreme weather and F1 it's impossible to forget Malaysia 2009. The most recent race to feature half points being awarded, well remembered for Raikkonen having an ice cream and "Felipe Baby stay cool!"

    Kimi Raikkonen
  15. 'Great fans'

    Jolyon Palmer

    Former Renault driver on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    The Japanese fans are great, they come with so much passion, flags for every driver, the wackiest merchandise you would ever see.

    For F1, there is no Japanese driver in the field, we had Naoki Yamamoto but that was more a token gesture, and they still flock here for a Friday, it's great to see.

  16. Post update

    Renault will be hoping that qualifying takes place on Sunday as it is now scheduled to do. Otherwise they will have both cars in the bottom five - Ricciardo in 16th and Hulkenberg in 18th. The Williams two are the bottom two, but with Kubica ahead of Russell.

  17. Post update

    Jolyon Palmer

    Former Renault driver on BBC Radio 5 live

    Ferrari don't look that quick and don't look like they could catch Mercedes.