@HiranRajapaksha: I think the Renault was the best in the field, certainly in 2005. But he's not had a truly great car for a long time.
Magnussen the latest to run wide at the Spoon and that will compromise the flying lap he was on. Lots of green on those types from that artificial patch next to the astroturf.
@mfbull: Yes, something like that. Surprised we haven't heard more like that from him, to be honest.
Verstappen the latest to get out of shape through Degner. No shame there though, with the likes of Hamilton also doing the same today.
@Sundar: Some drivers are able to eek out that little bit extra. The likes of Alonso and Hamilton are renowned for finding time where their team-mates can't necessarily find it in
the same car.
And before I get jumped on for that, I'm not favouring Alonso or Hamilton - just stating a widely-held opinion.
@ChrisLee: It's likely the FIA will consider running the race on Saturday or on Sunday morning.
Raikkonen lifts through 130R on the most recent on-board.
@Joe: Hamilton has been superb in the last two races but has never won here and only been on the Suzuka podium once, which is a surprise for him. This morning session suggests Rosberg has the early edge though, so let's see.
Rosberg quickest through the speed trap at 306km/h this morning.
@RohanMehta: He hasn't been.
There's smoke pouring out of Verstappen's Toro Rosso and he pulls off the race track just before the Dunlop curve. Not a great ending to that session for Jumbo.
Have to say, Verstappen has hardly disgraced himself on track in that session. Big concern for Toro Rosso however.
Verstappen sounded pretty calm on the radio about it, asking Toro Rosso what he needed to do.
Worth noting Vergne is scheduled to use that exact car for the rest of the weekend, giving Toro Rosso a bit of an engine. Remember Kvyat took an engine penalty in Singapore.
@satyaban: If they have to change to a sixth component, it will. But engine changes can be made without penalties before qualifying.
We'll have to wait and see how that issue impacts JEV's running in FP2 this afternoon.
Less than two minutes remaining and there will be time for around one more lap for each driver out there.
@HiranRajapaksha: Arguably, yes. But it had the irritating tendency of not finishing races and letting its tyres explode.
"What is going on with tyres? This is absolutely undriveable" complains Magnussen.
Vettel says he's been losing grip as he's completed more laps, especially in the rears.
The chequered flag is out, meaning the drivers can finish the run they are on.
A smiley Verstappen is back in the pit lane. Plenty to be pleased with from his first morning's work in F1.
Hamilton continues despite the session finishing. He may well be heading to the grid for a practice start on the downhill slope.
Nope, doesn't look like he is.
Anyway, other than our championship leader, everyone is trundling back to the pits.
@MB: Ferrari, simply because there are too many question-marks about McLaren-Honda. From our poll it looks like the majority of you agree with that.
Well there we have it. Rosberg starts his fightback by topping this session by 0.151s. Early indications are it will be a straight fight between the Mercedes drivers again this weekend.
Thanks as ever for joining me for today's session - always a pleasure
We'll be back in just under two hours - 1400 local time or 0600 BST. Please do join me again for FP2 as the picture of the weekend continues to take shape.