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  1. First practice under way – on 5 live sports extra at top of page
  2. Grosjean & Magnussen re-sign for Haas
  3. Second practice at 13:00
  4. Get involved #bbcf1: Ferrari errors debate

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By Michael Emons

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  1. Tyre talk

    The yellow softs, purple ultrasofts and pink hypersofts are our options.

    Daniel Ricciardo, on the pinks, is quickest after 25 minutes with a 1:36.600, with Valtteri Bottas, donning the purple boots, second with a 1:36.671.

  2. Get Involved

    What is wrong at Ferrari? #bbcf1

    Bob McFeil: I don’t think Ferrari horse is limping, rather it’s collapsed onto the floor with a broken back.

    Ged Ashton: The mistakes Ferrari have made have been diabolical. Choices between them and Vettel this weekend will be the final nail in the coffin for Ferrari’s chances of winning the drivers’ championship or constructors’ title.

  3. Post update

    Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas have both gone a bit wide, but no real drama.

  4. Engine change for Alonso too

    Grid penalties. They are going to affect every race from now on.

    And there’s more. Fernando Alonso is also going to be starting at or near the back because of grid penalties. Anyone else?

  5. Post update

    Twenty minutes of the first session and not too much to get excited about if I’m honest. Four have set times, with Kimi Raikkonen leading the way thanks to a 1:37.063.

  6. Tough times for both Red Bull teams

    Andrew Benson

    BBC Sport’s chief F1 writer

    A difficult weekend ahead for both Red Bull teams,
    with all four drivers to start at the back as a result of taking new
    engines – for opposing reasons.

    At Red Bull, they had to fit a new “B-spec”
    Renault engine – Max Verstappen revealed that the C-spec they have used
    recently “cannot run at altitude” at the Mexican and Brazilian races – and that
    its power gain of about 0.15secs a lap only applies in qualifying, while it is
    “the same or maybe a bit slower in the race”.

    Toro Rosso have an upgraded Honda
    engine, and word on the street is that it might be a significant step forward.
    Often in these cases, though, an upgrade does not quite live up to the talk
    surrounding it beforehand.

  7. ‘Cloudy and warm’

  8. Post update

    Another change today. Antonio Giovinazzi is in for Sauber instead of Marcus Ericsson. A sign of things to come.

  9. ‘Ferrari should be leading this championship’

    Jack Nicholls

    Radio 5 live Formula 1 commentator

    With the car Ferrari have built to my mind they should be leading this championship.

    Some of that you have to put that down to Lewis Hamilton and how well he has performed. I can’t think of many better seasons from a driver.

    There is something not clicking for Ferrari. Vettel is not out of this fight yet. I think Hamilton is going to nick this race again.

  10. Get Involved

    What is wrong at Ferrari? #bbcf1

    Stephen Taylor: When Schumacher won five world championships in a row from 2000-04 and won 6 world championships in a row from 1999-2004 it was a case of a perfect storm – great driver/team and great car . Since 2008 Ferrari have had the driver in the wrong car (Alonso) or the wrong driver in Seb.

    Michael Schumacher

    Copyright: Reuters

  11. Here we go

    A busy, busy start to the day. And we’re under way on the track. Ninety minutes with the McLarens, Red Bulls and Toro Rossos all on track early doors.

    Both Red Bulls and both Toro Rossos have grid penalties so will be making up the back two rows on Sunday.

  12. ‘These past years have been my best in racing’

    We heard earlier on from Romain Grosjean and now his Haas team-mate Kevin Magnussen gives his reaction to the news that the Haas team have the same line-up for 2019.

  13. We’re live

    BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    We are live on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra so press play at the top of this page to listen to our team of Jack Nicholls, Jolyon Palmer and Jennie Gow.

  14. ‘Getting ready’

    Artem Markelov is fourth in the Formula 2 Championship and this is a good chance to show what he can do.

  15. ‘The Maple Leaf is back’

    Attempt number three of 2018 for Latifi.

  16. Who’s in today?

    A few changes for FP1. Carlos Sainz has an eye infection and sits this one out, with Formula 2 driver Artem Markelov giving the home fans another man to cheer on.

    Also we have Nicholas Latifi in for Force India instead of Sergio Perez and Lando Norris in for Fernando Alonso at McLaren.

  17. Get Involved #bbcf1

    What is going wrong at Ferrari? Your reaction to the driver changes

    Let’s get all your thoughts on all this.

    A few things to talk about today…

    What is going wrong at Ferrari? And… Your reaction to the driver changes.

    One seat at Williams and one at Toro Rosso seems to be the only available ones left, with Daniil Kvyat set to come back in at Toro Rosso. Who should get them?

    Tweet us using #bbcf1 and we will throw you in this page later on.

  18. ‘An interesting balance’

    Jack Nicholls

    Radio 5 live Formula 1 commentator

    Antonio Giovinazzi is joining Sauber to join Kimi Raikkonen so that will be an interesting balance. He has done a couple of Formula 1 races in the past. He is exciting, but he didn’t win the Formula 2, the formula below.

    All teams have a third driver. Marcus Ericsson has done a lot of seasons so he has had a good shot at it and he has proven himself to be competitive but you won’t find anyone that says he should be in discussions for Mercedes and Ferrari. It is not the end of the world if he is leaving Formula 1 to give Antonio Giovinazzi a chance.

  19. Giovinazzi to replace Ericsson at Sauber

    Earlier this week you may have missed this one…

    Sauber have signed Italian Antonio Giovinazzi to partner Kimi Raikkonen next season. The 24-year-old has been placed at the Swiss team by Ferrari, as he is a member of their young driver programme.

    The move means Swede Marcus Ericsson loses his race seat but will become Sauber’s third driver.

    Giovinazzi, who raced twice for Sauber at the start of 2017 as a stand-in for Pascal Wehrlein, said the move was “a dream come true” and “huge honour”.

  20. ‘Very proud’

    Romain Grosjean may well be a relieved man this morning. He has not had the best of seasons, being 14th in the championship, but he gets to go again next season.

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