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Marcus Ericsson says his Q1 crash was down to a misjudgement in passing Valtteri Bottas through the Dunlop Curve at Suzuka.
The quickest three men from qualifying; Lewis Hamilton, Valtteri Bottas and Max Verstappen, all spoke to the media after the session.
Lewis Hamilton will start Sunday’s Japanese GP from pole position ahead of Valtteri Bottas as another strategy mistake cost his title rival Sebastian Vettel.
Lewis Hamilton went from P20 before the rain arrived to P1 after it had abated to claim the practice hat-trick at the Japanese GP while Nico Hulkenberg crashed heavily.
Pierre Gasly has explained he was slowing down to start a hot lap of his own and thought he had a “five or six seconds” gap to Lewis Hamilton, which he didn’t, resulting in their near-miss.
Ferrari have confirmed that they have a second sensor fitted within their battery, but have rejected claims that it has led to a power loss.
Sebastian Vettel has said Ferrari are struggling to look after their tyres after a low-key start to the Japanese Grand Prix weekend.
Max Verstappen has said he had the “worst feeling” with his RB14 throughout both practice sessions at the Suzuka circuit.
Mercedes boss Toto Wolff is not reading too much into the early lap times in Suzuka and believes Ferrari are a lot closer to them.
Two former World Champion teams continue to suffer, as both McLaren and Williams look like struggling to get out of Q1 on Saturday.