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We assess each driver's performance in yesterday's Japanese Grand Prix. Next up, Ferrari pairing Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen. #ForzaJules

Japan was another dire grand prix for Ferrari, with Fernando Alonso eliminated by technical problems and Kimi Raikkonen finishing a disappointing 12th.

However their main concern was with their protege, Jules Bianchi. The Frenchman has tested for the team on several occasions and is often talked of as a future Ferrari driver; let's hope that Jules pulls through and can go on to realise that potential.

Kimi Raikkonen: Grid 10th. Finish 12th. Rating 5/10

Though he does not speak about it, Raikkonen clearly has not enjoyed being battered by Fernando Alonso this season. He says he's happy to work with the supposedly-incoming Sebastian Vettel next term - the pair are good friends - but on recent form 2015 will be another bruising season for the Finn.

He was once again comprehensively beaten in qualifying, with Fernando seven tenths quicker and five places up the grid. His race was worse still, with temperature issues on his intermediate tyres leaving him nowhere. He eventually trailed home 12th, a lap down on victor Lewis Hamilton.

“Overall, this was a very disappointing weekend," admitted Raikkonen. "I had set-up problems right from the first day and again today in the race I didn’t manage to drive the way I would have liked.

"After the start behind the Safety Car, the track conditions were pretty atrocious and visibility was very poor, but my car was handling okay. Then, when the rain eased, I fitted the intermediate tyres, but after a few laps, they were no longer up to temperature and they began to give me problems at the front end, which meant I had to slow down.

"Now, we will try and resolve this problem as quickly as possible and aim to improve, starting with the very next race, but more importantly right now, let’s hope we get some good news about Jules Bianchi soon.”

Fernando Alonso: Grid 5th. Finish DNF. Rating 7/10

Aside from the massive hubbub surrounding his future, Alonso had a quiet weekend. He qualified well in fifth, comfortably out-pacing his team-mate, but his race never got going as electrical gremlins sidelined him shortly after the first red flag period ended.

"My car switched down the power, I don't know what happened," Alonso said post-race. "The electricity went, maybe some water in to some connectors or something and it switched off the car completely and it was impossible to start again."

However he was far more concerned with the wellbeing of his friend Bianchi, who Alonso was quick to praise following the Frenchman's maiden points finish in Monaco.

"[The race] is not the most important thing at the moment with the news about Jules. We're waiting for some good news. We know nothing and that's not good," added Alonso, who later tweeted that he was finding it difficult to sleep following the day's events.