Nico Rosberg tightened his grip on the F1 title race with a dominant victory at the Japanese Grand Prix on Sunday.
Nico Rosberg stormed to pole position at the Japanese Grand Prix for a third successive year, piling more pressure on world champion Lewis Hamilton.
But Mercedes team mate and title rival Lewis Hamilton closes the gap to just 0.072s in the second session.
Rosberg sets the pace ahead of Hamilton as Mercedes dominates Friday's opening session of practice for the Japanese Grand Prix.
McLaren's engine supplier is expecting a happier homecoming at the circuit it owns than than at last year's Japanese Grand Prix.
Mercedes has identified the cause of the blow-up that forced Lewis Hamilton to retire while leading the Malaysian Grand Prix.
Daniel Ricciardo has promised to "kick ass" in Japan this weekend - and that could be bad news for Nico Rosberg.
Pots calling kettles black, predicted rain and pressure on Hamilton will likely make for an interesting F1 weekend.
Lewis Hamilton boarded a plane bound for Japan on Monday and had plenty of excess baggage in tow.
Sebastian Vettel actually called Nico Rosberg after the race to apologise for punting the Mercedes in Turn 1.
From quaffing champagne from winner's sweaty boot to fate smiling on Rosberg, here's what's hot on the lips of F1 fans.
Sepang engine failure the latest in a spate of reliability issues that have plagued Hamilton's 2016 campaign.
Daniel Ricciardo was handed an elusive maiden win on Sunday when a race-leading Lewis Hamilton retired with a blown engine.
Lewis Hamilton retired with a blown engine while leading Sunday's F1 Malaysian GP, damaging his chances of claiming a fourth title.
World champion Lewis Hamilton seized a dominant pole position in qualifying for the Malaysian Formula One Grand Prix with a storming lap on Saturday.