Nico Rosberg led a one-two for the Mercedes drivers during the first practice session as Red Bull avoided showing their potential.
Mercedes again arrive poised to clinch the constructors’ title – but all eyes are on the drivers’ championship fight after Lewis Hamilton’s engine failure.
Wet conditions are predicted for both the qualifying session and race at Suzuka this weekend.
Pictures from the build-up to the 2016 Japanese Grand Prix.
The Suzuka circuit’s unique layout, fairground setting and famously dedicated fans make it unmistakably Japanese.
Renault will change the design of its fuel system in time for this weekend’s Japanese Grand Prix following Kevin Magnussen’s fire during practice at Sepang.
Don’t miss any of the 2016 Japanese Grand Prix sessions – here are the times for all of this weekend’s action plus the season-opening Formula E race.
Fernando Alonso will use Honda’s new power unit at this weekend’s Malaysian Grand Prix, but Jenson Button is likely to have to wait two races for the upgrade.
Red Bull has opted for a harder mix of tyres for the upcoming Japanese Grand Prix than rivals Mercedes and Ferrari.
Pirelli has again chosen not to bring its hardest tyre compound to the Belgian Grand Prix at Spa-Francorchamps despite the high-speed tyre blow-outs encountered last year.