Nico Rosberg took pole position for the second time in 2015 at Suzuka ahead of team mate Lewis Hamilton.
A busy final hour of practice for the Japanese Grand Prix ended with Nico Rosberg leading a one-two for Mercedes.
With dry conditions expected over the rest of the weekend, today’s running on the intermediate and wet weather tyres will have taught the teams very little.
Pictures from the first day of practice for the 2015 Japanese Grand Prix.
Are Ferrari going to give Mercedes another black eye in Japan? Or will it be back to the usual silver-wash following their mysterious Singapore slump?
Daniil Kvyat led the second practice session at Suzuka as wet conditions led teams to limit their running again.
Carlos Sainz Jnr led the practice times after a very wet 90 first minutes of running at Suzuka.
Pictures from the build-up to the 2015 Japanese Grand Prix.
The wet start to the Japanese Grand Prix weekend is likely to continue through practice but should clear up well before the race.
Don’t miss any of the 2015 Japanese Grand Prix sessions – here are the times for all of this weekend’s action, plus the penultimate Formula Renault 3.5 round.
If Ferrari are as competitive in Japan as they were in Singapore, Sebastian Vettel could make a late bid for the championship.
The Manor team has asked for understanding as it returns to the scene of Jules Bianchi’s fatal accident at this weekend’s Japanese Grand Prix.