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    Visiting Japan is always an experience to relish and this year was no exception. There was plenty of drama on track, but also lots to enjoy off it - here's our round-up of some of the highlights...

    Tokyo bound

    No one looks good when they're sleeping, right? Not even F1 superstars...

    Seeing the sights

    Be it Tokyo's amazing cityscapes or the mountainous beauty of rural Japan, there is plenty to see in the Land of the Rising Sun...

    Fan-tastic

    The circuit is legendary, but arguably more so is the sheer enthusiasm, dedication and knowledge of the tens of thousands of F1 fans, young and old, who flock to Suzuka each year to support their racing heroes...

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    The way of the sword

    Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen immersed themselves in Japanese culture, trying their hand at the martial art of kendo...

    F1 foodies

    Be it raw fish or noodles, for some reason Japanese cuisine really appeals to the Grand Prix-driving gourmet...

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    Home-made merch

    Japanese fans don't just turn up; they don't just bring banners; they create their very own brands of unique F1 team merchandise!

    Anyone for cake?

    Normally the answer would be an immediate 'yes'. Perhaps less so if it's in your hair...

    Button's back

    Jenson 'Ichiban' Button has always been a big fan of Japan and there was no keeping him away this year...

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    FP2 fun

    A sodden Suzuka meant next to no running in Friday's second practice session. Cue alternative forms of F1 entertainment - Pascal Wehrlein even turned tyre warmers into hand warmers!

    Suzuka strike

    Lewis Hamilton channels his inner 'Dude' as he enjoys one of his personal Japanese traditions...

    Mexico in mind

    Force India's Sergio Perez wasn't the only man thinking of his homeland whilst in Japan this weekend...

    Celebrity spotting

    Famous footballers and legendary long-distance runners were among those to be seen in the Suzuka paddock...

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    Podium antics

    Lewis Hamilton's biggest takeaway from Japan? Never lose site of your mobile when there's a Honey Badger about...

    Fond farewells - Part 1

    A touching message from his race engineer for Carlos Sainz, ahead of the Spaniard's final Grand Prix with Toro Rosso...

    Fond farewells - Part 2

    Slightly different emotions for the man Sainz replaces at Renault, with Jolyon Palmer possibly saying goodbye for good to F1...

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