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Japan 2009 - Free Practice 1 // There's rain already as Suzuka returns to the Formula One calendar

Published by Christine

Teams and drivers return to Japan as we get our first glance at Suzuka since 2006. Free Practice 1 is usually a quiet affair, and the weather could compound that!

Weather update

All the forecasts seem to point to rain, but we have been saying that for weeks and yet to see any evidence at previous races. Rain this early in the weekend usually just means watching the drivers sit in the garage.

One to watch

All eyes will be on Alonso and Räikkönen, but I think particularly Kimi. The Finn has already suggested he doesn't know his plans for next year, and now is the opportune moment to prove the lack of motivation claims wrong.

Predictions please

Will it rain? How long before the first lap time is set? How many laps will Vettel complete? Who will end up at the top of the timesheets for FP1?




Teams and drivers return to Japan as we get our first glance at Suzuka since 2006. Free Practice 1 is usually a quiet affair, and the weather could compound that!

Event start

02:00GMT +01:00

2 October 2009