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Posted on Sunday, October 9, 2016

Haas frustrated over pointless race

Romain Grosjean and Esteban Gutiérrez did not bring any point to their team after finished 11th and 20th, respectively in the Japanese GP at Suzuka. Haas drivers had to start the race on the same set of soft tires they used in Q3 and bet on a two-stop strategy to score good results. Grosjean started the race from seventh and Gutiérrez rolled off in 10th, with the first being pushed wide at the start by Nico Hulkenberg, which dropped him to ninth. Gutiérrez held his […]

Posted on Sunday, October 9, 2016

Rosberg wins, Mercedes clinch championship

Nico Rosberg took a step closer to a maiden F1 crown with a dominant victory at the Japanese Grand Prix in Suzuka as Lewis Hamilton recovered from another poor start to finish 3rd and Mercedes sealed their third consecutive constructors' championship. Rosberg crucially retained his lead at the start and was unchallenged thereafter, coming home five seconds ahead of second-placed Max Verstappen and extending his championship advantage to 33 points with just four races remaining. Verstappen held off Hamilton in the closing laps for P2, […]

Posted on Saturday, October 8, 2016

Rosberg pips Hamilton to Suzuka pole

Championship leader Nico Rosberg edged Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton by the finest of margins to grab a third consecutive Suzuka pole position, while Ferrari out-performed rivals Red Bull. Hamilton had snatched provisional pole on the first runs in Q3, but Rosberg, who had topped all three sections, clocked a 1:30.647 in the dying stages to head his title rival by just 0.013 seconds. It was an inspired performance from Kimi Raikkonen to take third on the grid behind the Silver Arrows, just three tenths adrift, […]

Posted on Friday, October 7, 2016

Mercedes set the pace on Friday sessions

Nico Rosberg topped both practice sessions at Suzuka on Friday with Lewis Hamilton coming second on both occasions. Mercedes drivers ran the hard and the soft compound tyres in the morning session. Rosberg ran the medium and the soft tyre in the afternoon, whilst Hamilton ran the hard and the soft tyre. “It’s been a case of finding my way today. It began with quite a lot of under-steer and we had to work through the setup in order to find a better balance on […]

Posted on Wednesday, October 5, 2016

2016 Japanese Grand PrixView

Formula 1 travels from Malaysia to Japan this week to one of the legendary circuits on the calendar that will host the 17th round of the championship. Drivers will take the challenge of an old-school track that is fast, technical, difficult but really fun to drive. With a top speed of almost 340kph, Suzuka records one of the highest speeds seen in the second part of the season. As demanding and unforgiving as it is, it brings plenty satisfaction to the drivers when they manage […]

Posted on Monday, July 11, 2016

How Ferrari missed the podium in Suzuka

This year’s Japanese Grand Prix was one of only three in the last 25 years where all cars finished, making it a tough race in which to make progress, especially if you weren’t running towards the front. It was also unusual for a Suzuka event in not featuring either a Safety Car or a Virtual Safety car, to mix up the race and offer some strategic dice rolling opportunities. But there were some major talking points about the decisions that were taken with Ferrari again […]

Posted on Wednesday, July 6, 2016

2016 Japanese GP - Thursday Press Conference

Drivers – Jolyon Palmer (Renault), Carlos Sainz (Toro Rosso), Pascal Wehrlein (Manor), Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari), Fernando Alonso (McLaren), Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) PRESS CONFERENCE Fernando, there’s been a lot of talk about your starts this year and the fact that in the last five GPs you’ve made up 29 places on the opening lap! Making up places is something you’ve consistently done – in circumstances you’ve had to do it of course – but can you explain a bit about your starts; is it experience, instinct […]

Posted on Sunday, September 27, 2015

Vettel surprised by Rosberg out lap pace

Sebastian Vettel admits he was surprised by the pace Mercedes rival Nico Rosberg was able to display following his second stop at the Japanese Grand Prix. Vettel had occupied second position at Suzuka but Mercedes opted to stop Rosberg for his final pit stop earlier than Vettel and the Mercedes driver posted a rapid out lap to ensure he jumped ahead of his rival when the Ferrari driver pitted a lap later. Vettel went on to finish third and maintain his record of finishing on […]

Posted on Sunday, September 27, 2015

Rosberg regrets missed win opportunity

Nico Rosberg rued slipping further behind team-mate Lewis Hamilton in the championship after accepting that he had to win the Japanese Grand Prix to improve his title prospects. Rosberg arrived in Japan with a 41 point deficit to Hamilton but claimed pole position, though was unable to convert it into victory as Hamilton swept by at Turn 2. Rosberg dropped to fourth in the process but recovered to second, albeit dropping 48 points behind Hamilton in the title battle. "A tough day for me," he […]

Posted on Sunday, September 27, 2015

Hamilton ecstatic after second Suzuka win

Lewis Hamilton says he is 'buzzing' after cruising to victory in Japan, his second successive win at the figure-of-eight Suzuka circuit. Hamilton started from second place but passed team-mate Nico Rosberg under braking for Turn 2 and was never headed thereafter, taking a win that draws him level with Ayrton Senna on 41 wins. "I'm buzzing like you could not believe," he said. "As I arrived today, I knew Nico had done a great job in qualifying and I needed to get a good start. […]

Posted on Sunday, September 27, 2015

Sainz frustrated by 'rookie error'

Carlos Sainz Jr. accepted that it was a rookie error which led to him colliding with the bollard at the entry to the pit lane during the Japanese Grand Prix. Sainz was running in the top 10 but clipped the bollard and damaged his front wing, prompting a slow stop which cost him vital time. Sainz was able to claim the final point for 10th position, though finished behind Toro Rosso team-mate Max Verstappen. "It was a good race until the mistake in the pit […]

Posted on Sunday, September 27, 2015

Ricciardo, Massa disappointed by collision

Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo and Williams rival Felipe Massa rued a missed opportunity after the pair collided on the opening lap of the Japanese Grand Prix. Ricciardo surged forwards from seventh but was squeezed between Massa and Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen, making contact with the Williams in the process and leaving the pair with punctures. Ricciardo could only recover to 15th position, while Massa was twice-lapped on his way to 17th. "At the start, the best line for me was straight down the middle," he said. […]