The 2015 F1 grid took a step closer to completion on Saturday morning at Suzuka, with reigning world champion Sebastian Vettel announcing his departure from Red Bull to join Ferrari next year.
The announcement was matched almost instantly by Fernando Alonso, who signalled discontent with Ferrari ahead of an expected move to McLaren who will use Honda power from next season. The move has implications for 2009 world champion Jenson Button, who is known to be a target for release by McLaren chairman Ron Dennis.
Vettel’s move left a free berth at Red Bull, but not for long as the position was immediately filled by Russian Toro Rosso driver Daniil Kvyat, still in his first year in the sport.
More to follow.