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Williams were among those off the pace in the opening practice session at Suzuka, with FP2 all-but washed out.
Valtteri Bottas and Daniel Ricciardo are among the drivers chosen to face the press on Thursday ahead of the Japanese Grand Prix race weekend.
Pierre Gasly finishes P14 on debut, Renault struggle for race pace and Sauber finish as the usual back-markers.
There was yet another disappointing qualifying session for Williams, as Pierre Gasly qualified 15th on debut.
Christian Horner, Toto Wolff, Frederic Vasseur, Guenther Steiner and Otmar Szafnauer are the latest to take part in the Team Principals’ Press Conference.
Pierre Gasly got the better of team-mate Carlos Sainz in his first Formula 1 appearance; both Williams cars outside the top 10 on Friday.
No fewer than four youngsters will take to the Sepang circuit on Friday morning for the opening prctice while Pierre Gasly is also making his F1 debut.
Felipe Nasr says he doesn’t expect to be back on the Formula 1 grid come next year’s championship.
McLaren have opted for the most aggressive strategy at the Suzuka circuit next weekend, with Mercedes and Ferrari splitting the same strategies between them.
Marcus Ericsson and Pascal Wehrlein give a quick preview of the back-to-back race weekends to come in Sepang and Suzuka.