Lewis Hamilton will start from fourth on the grid as he looks to wrap up the title in Mexico, with Max Verstappen on pole.
Lewis Hamilton can secure his sixth Formula One world title at the Mexican Grand Prix, but he could not match the Ferrari drivers on Friday.
Sebastian Vettel paid the price for a poor start from pole as Valtteri Bottas claimed his third win of the season at Suzuka.
Ferrari had a forgettable first lap, with a frustrated Sebastian Vettel slow off the line and Charles Leclerc hitting Max Verstappen.
Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel topped the timesheets in qualifying for Sunday's race.
Eddie Irvine believes Charles Leclerc is Ferrari's best driver and feels not favouring the youngster is costing the Formula One team.
Mercedes could win the constructors' championship at a Japanese Grand Prix that has already been impacted by Typhoon Hagibis.
Qualifying for the Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka was moved to Sunday due to the approach of Typhoon Hagibis.
Ferrari's team tactics have dominated conversation in the past two races, but Charles Leclerc says they are not "a huge deal".
Ferrari do not have fond memories of racing at Suzuka in recent years, with Mercedes dominating.