أرشيف وسم ‘ Suzuka ’

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 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 Saturday, September 26, 2015

Perez expecting fight with Lotus

Force India driver Sergio Perez says he expected to be fighting with Lotus during the Japanese Grand Prix and reckons he should have qualified ahead of Romain Grosjean. Perez will start from ninth position after he opted to run only during the closing stages of the session, which were abandoned when Daniil Kvyat suffered a frightening accident. Perez was consequently unable to register a time in Q3 and will line-up behind Grosjean, as the two teams continue their battle for fifth in the Constructors' championship. […]

Posted on Saturday, September 26, 2015

Rosberg on pole after Kvyat accident

Nico Rosberg claimed pole position for the second time in 2015 following a truncated qualifying session for the Japanese Grand Prix. Rosberg set a time of 1:32.584 to finish 0.076s clear of Lewis Hamilton, who made a mistake at the hairpin, and the drivers were denied a final flying lap following a huge crash for Red Bull’s Daniil Kvyat. Kvyat lost control of his Red Bull RB11 after dipping a wheel onto the grass on the approach to the hairpin and slammed into the barriers, […]

Posted on Sunday, October 5, 2014

Bianchi taken to hospital after crash

Jules Bianchi has been taken to hospital unconscious following an accident at the Japanese Grand Prix. Bianchi went off at Dunlop Curve, where Adrian Sutil had crashed a couple of minutes previously. Sutil said that Bianchi hit the recovery vehicle which was tending to the Sauber. The driver is not conscious, he has been sent to the hospital by ambulance because the helicopter cannot go in these conditions," said FIA press officer Matteo Bonciani. "Further updates will follow - for the moment we cannot say […]

Posted on Sunday, October 5, 2014

Hamilton wins truncated Japanese GP

Lewis Hamilton won a truncated Japanese Grand Prix, ahead of Nico Rosberg, with the race stopped after lap 46 following a crash for Jules Bianchi. Medics attended the scene and Bianchi has been taken to hospital by ambulance, with the FIA confirming he was unconscious. It is understood that Bianchi hit a recovery vehicle, which was being used to clear Adrian Sutil's crashed Sauber. The race started behind the Safety Car, with conditions deemed too wet. After two laps the race was red flagged and […]

Posted on Saturday, October 4, 2014

Vergne takes grid drop for engine change

Jean-Eric Vergne will drop 10 places on the grid for the Japanese Grand Prix after Toro Rosso elected to change the internal combustion engine in his STR9 for a sixth time. Vergne had qualified in 11th place but as a result of his sanction he will now line-up on the back row of the grid for Sunday's race at Suzuka. "Unfortunately, Jean-Eric will have a slightly more difficult afternoon, as he takes a ten place grid penalty because today's engine change meant fitting his sixth […]