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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. […]

Posted on Sunday, September 27, 2015

Kvyat lacks satisfaction after 'boring' race

Red Bull driver Daniil Kvyat labelled his Japanese Grand Prix as 'boring' after he finished a lowly 13th. Kvyat was forced to start from the pit lane after a high-speed crash during qualifying - in which he rolled his RB11 - led to his car being rebuilt overnight. Kvyat battled several problems and fought in the midfield, passing Marcus Ericsson during the closing stages for 13th spot. "It was pretty boring for me out there this afternoon, because a combination of circumstances meant I had […]

Posted on Sunday, September 27, 2015

Maldonado happy with return to points

Pastor Maldonado said he was happy to return to the top 10 positions to conclude a challenging weekend for Lotus in Japan. Lotus was locked out of its hospitality unit at Suzuka and faces a High Court hearing on Monday over alleged unpaid taxes. Maldonado was nonetheless able to secure eighth place - his first points since Austria - to follow home team-mate Romain Grosjean. "It was a good race for us and we really deserved a happy result today after pushing hard all weekend," […]

Posted on Sunday, September 27, 2015

Alonso 'embarrassed' by McLaren showing

Fernando Alonso says that he was 'a bit embarrassed' by McLaren's showing at the Japanese Grand Prix as he battled to 11th place in front of Honda's home crowd. Alonso voiced his frustration over the team radio during the race, claiming that it was akin to racing with a 'GP2 engine'. "There's not much to enjoy on track," Alonso explained. "Obviously it's frustrating how they overtake you on the straights and then you arrive at the corner and you see them braking late, making mistakes […]

Posted on Sunday, September 27, 2015

Hamilton cruises to victory in Japan

Lewis Hamilton cruised to his eighth victory of the year after passing Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg on the opening lap of the Japanese Grand Prix. Hamilton prevailed over Rosberg into Turn 1 and pulled away, enabling him to draw level with Ayrton Senna on 41 Formula 1 wins. Rosberg recovered to second after dropping down to fourth while Sebastian Vettel was just a couple of seconds further back in third. Hamilton and Rosberg battled into the first corner, with Hamilton taking the lead after adopting […]