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Hamilton takes Suzuka victory, extending title lead as Vettel retires

Red Bull earn double podium finish too

Sidepodcast: Hamilton takes Suzuka victory, extending title lead as Vettel retires

by Christine Blachford

Lewis Hamilton won the Japanese Grand Prix but it wasn't an easy victory for the Mercedes driver, as he was chased to the line by Max Verstappen, with Daniel Ricciardo making it a double podium finish for Red Bull. Verstappen crossed the line just one second behind the race winner after a close battle to the finish, but Hamilton would have been happy it was a Red Bull following him and not a Ferrari.

Palmer leaves Renault, making way for Sainz to join the team

Early exit for the British racer after Japan

Sidepodcast: Palmer leaves Renault, making way for Sainz to join the team

by Christine Blachford

The recent reshuffles at Toro Rosso aren't over this season, with news at Renault having an impact on the team after this weekend's race in Japan. Jolyon Palmer announced after qualifying that Japan would be his last race with Renault, and that being the case, the team have snapped up Carlos Sainz for the rest of the season. And, for Daniil Kvyat, that means a chance to step back into a race seat, after being cast aside in favour of Pierre Gasly last weekend.

Sainz crash and heavy rain delay practice sessions in Japan

Suzuka weekend off to a difficult start for all

Sidepodcast: Sainz crash and heavy rain delay practice sessions in Japan

by Christine Blachford

The anticipated rain hit both free practice sessions in Suzuka, but FP1 got underway on time. About halfway through the session, however, Carlos Sainz crashed heavily in his Toro Rosso, ending with the car sprawling across the track and bringing out the red flags. The action got going again with twenty minutes to go, but halfway through that the rain started to fall and the times saw no improvement – Vettel was the fastest.

Lewis Hamilton takes Malaysia pole as Vettel fails to qualify

Power unit failure halts Vettel's charge

Sidepodcast: Lewis Hamilton takes Malaysia pole as Vettel fails to qualify

by Christine Blachford

Sebastian Vettel may have been hoping for a slightly calmer weekend in Sepang than he had in Singapore, but that was not to be. The Ferrari driver found himself down on power in the first qualifying session, returning to the garage at a slow crawl. The team tried to patch up his power unit but found themselves unable to send him out again, meaning the German failed to qualify. He's been given permission to race by the FIA, but will be at the rear of the field.

Drain cover chaos halts practice in Sepang

Grosjean hits the wrong kerb in Malaysia

Sidepodcast: Drain cover chaos halts practice in Sepang

by Christine Blachford

There was drama in both free practice sessions in Malaysia, but for two different reasons. In FP1, the start of the session was delayed by thirty minutes because of the rain, and things got going only to find drivers slipping and sliding their way around the track. Pierre Gasly made his debut, whilst Sergey Sirotkin, Sean Gelael, Charles LeClerc and Antonio Giovinazzi were all also in action.

Sebastian Vettel secures Singapore pole, with Red Bull behind

Qualifying for the night race is completed

Sidepodcast: Sebastian Vettel secures Singapore pole, with Red Bull behind

by Christine Blachford

With Red Bull leading all three of the practice sessions in Singapore, they had looked in a great position to fight for pole position. The battle went down to the very last flying laps, but both Verstappen and Ricciardo were pipped to pole position by Sebastian Vettel. Kimi Räikkönen ended up fourth, with the Mercedes drivers having to settle for fifth and sixth on the grid.

Honda target top three championship finish with new partners Toro Rosso

Lofty aims for engine supplier after team switch

Sidepodcast: Honda target top three championship finish with new partners Toro Rosso

by Christine Blachford

You would think Honda might learn from talking up expectations too soon into a new partnership, but they have quickly revealed their goals with the Toro Rosso team just one day after the deal was announced. The power unit supplier want to push Toro Rosso to at least third in the championship next season, despite finishing no higher than sixth with McLaren, and Toro Rosso finishing no higher than sixth... ever.

Carlos Sainz to join Renault for one year in 2018

Toro Rosso loan out driver to partner Hülkenberg

Sidepodcast: Carlos Sainz to join Renault for one year in 2018

by Christine Blachford

Following directly from the news of Renault ditching Toro Rosso and moving to McLaren as engine supplier, driver news surely followed. Carlos Sainz, who has been at Toro Rosso since his F1 debut in 2015, will join the Renault squad for one year only, on loan to the team to partner Nico Hülkenberg. This will leave Jolyon Palmer without a race seat, unless someone else snaps him up.

McLaren and Honda split, with Toro Rosso Renault engine switch

Expected power unit shuffles are completed

Sidepodcast: McLaren and Honda split, with Toro Rosso Renault engine switch

by Christine Blachford

It's been in the works for a while but McLaren and Honda have finally confirmed they will not be continuing with their partnership after the end of this year. It was promised to be a big technical partnership between the two but has been nothing but disappointment for everyone involved. So, clean break, McLaren are now going to be using Renault engines from 2018 onwards.