WATCH LIVE: Japanese GP qualifying on NBCSN from 1am ET

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The Formula 1 paddock has been rocked by today’s shock announcement that Sebastian Vettel will be leaving Red Bull at the end of this season, and is set to replace Fernando Alonso at Ferrari for 2015.

However, amid all of the drama, we still have the small matter of a qualifying session for the Japanese Grand Prix as Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg continue to fight for the 2014 drivers’ championship at Suzuka today.

You can watch qualifying for the Japanese Grand Prix live on NBCSN and Live Extra from 1am ET today. CLICK HERE to watch via live stream.

In a final practice session that was largely overshadowed by the Vettel news, Lewis Hamilton saw his hopes of enjoying a perfect weekend take a hit when he crashed out in the final few minutes of FP3. The team will have it fixed in time for him to head out in FP1, but it will not have done his hopes of beating Nico Rosberg – who was fastest in final practice – much good.

He may have a lot on his mind, but Vettel will be hoping to get on with the job at hand. He has never finished off the podium at Suzuka, winning the race four times in five attempts. A solid qualifying performance will be necessary today if he is to have a shot of beating the Silver Arrows on Sunday.

With Typhoon Phanfone rapidly approaching, tomorrow’s race is set to be a wet affair, and could even be set to start under the safety car if the downpour is torrential. Pole position is very important today.

All of the action from Suzuka is coming your way from 1am ET on NBCSN and Live Extra. CLICK HERE to watch via live stream.