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Posted on Saturday, September 26, 2015

Vettel wary of Williams, Ricciardo threat

Sebastian Vettel says that Ferrari will try everything to beat Mercedes at the Japanese Grand Prix, though is wary that Williams and Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo will provide a threat. Vettel dominated a week ago in Singapore to collect pole position and victory but Mercedes returned to top spot in Japan, leaving Vettel fourth on the grid, one place behind Williams' Valtteri Bottas. "It was a tricky session for myself," he admitted. "I didn’t really get going at the beginning, I couldn’t feel the car […]

Posted on Saturday, September 26, 2015

Verstappen cops three place grid penalty

Toro Rosso driver Max Verstappen has been given a three place grid penalty after he stopped his car in a dangerous position during qualifying for the Japanese Grand Prix. Verstappen suffered a loss of power in his STR10 but rather than pull to the inside of the track, he parked on the outside of the corner, compromising several of his rivals. "Car 33 [Verstappen] experienced a sudden power loss at the exit of Turn 11, the driver initially moved to the left side of the […]

Posted on Saturday, September 26, 2015

Kvyat apologetic after high-speed crash

Daniil Kvyat apologised to Red Bull after he suffered a high-speed crash during qualifying for the Japanese Grand Prix. Kvyat dipped a wheel onto the grass at the kink before the hairpin and left the circuit, colliding with the barriers before flipping his RB11. Kvyat was unhurt in the crash but will start from the pit lane on Sunday due to the damage sustained to his car. "I’ve never rolled a racing car before and they say there’s a first time for everything," he said. […]

Posted on Saturday, September 26, 2015

Bottas targets podium from third

Valtteri Bottas says Williams must target a podium finish at the Japanese Grand Prix after he set the third fastest time during Saturday's qualifying session. Bottas was third best at Suzuka, behind only Mercedes pair Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton, and is hoping that he can climb onto the podium for the second time in 2015. "I’m really happy to be third again in Suzuka," he said, having started the 2014 race from the same position. "It has been a good day. "We made some […]

Posted on Saturday, September 26, 2015

Alonso hails 'best lap' at Suzuka

Fernando Alonso hailed "probably the best lap of my career" at Suzuka, despite being restricted to 14th place on the grid. Alonso, who last won at the circuit in 2006, made it through to Q2 at Honda's home event but posted the slowest time, finishing the session ahead of only the non-participating Max Verstappen. "That was probably the best lap of my career around Suzuka," said Alonso. "I could have fitted 100 more sets of tyres to the car, and I probably still wouldn’t have […]

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 satisfied by Mercedes recovery

Nico Rosberg says Mercedes has recovered strongly following its difficult showing at the Singapore Grand Prix, after the German claimed pole position in Japan. Rosberg beat team-mate Lewis Hamilton to top spot at Suzuka, a week after the pair were limited to the third row of the grid. "I'm very happy, it's a great day today, a good comeback also for the team after such a difficult race in Singapore, to be back to our usual strength today, with such a strong performance from the […]

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 Friday, September 25, 2015

Kvyat pleased with Red Bull handling

Daniil Kvyat says he would prefer the wet weather to continue at Suzuka after topping Friday's second practice session for the Japanese Grand Prix. Kvyat clocked the quickest time during wet conditions at the venue and while dry weather is expected for the remainder of the weekend, the Russian believes that the Red Bull RB11 works well in tricky running. "The track was slippery the more it drizzled and Suzuka is a narrow circuit and there are a few corners where the car had a […]

Posted on Friday, September 25, 2015

Sainz pleased to top first session

Toro Rosso driver Carlos Sainz Jr. says it was 'special' to top a Formula 1 practice session for the first time in his nascent career. Sainz clocked the quickest time in the opening wet practice session at Suzuka before placing seventh in similarly soaked afternoon running. "Overall it was a good day and there’s a lot of positives to take from today," said Sainz. "Even though it’s been raining all day and we haven’t been able to complete any laps in dry conditions, I managed […]

Posted on Friday, September 25, 2015

Kvyat fastest in wet second Suzuka session

Red Bull driver Daniil Kvyat posted the quickest time during a wet second free practice session ahead of the Japanese Grand Prix. Kvyat clocked a time of 1:48.277 during the driest spell of running at Suzuka to finish 0.023s ahead of Nico Rosberg as the drivers were able to use Intermediate tyres. Kvyat’s time came shortly before conditions deteriorated with half of the session remaining and followed on from a wet start to Friday, when Carlos Sainz Jr. went fastest in the opening 90 minutes […]

Posted on Thursday, September 24, 2015

Hulkenberg apologises for Massa clash

Force India driver Nico Hulkenberg has accepted that he was to blame for causing the collision with Williams rival Felipe Massa during last weekend's Singapore Grand Prix. Massa was exiting the pit lane and challenged Hulkenberg as the pair rounded Turn 3, though the Force India driver closed the door on the Brazilian and the pair collided. While Massa was able to continue, before ultimately retiring due to a mechanical problem, Hulkenberg was pitched into the barriers. Hulkenberg was hit with a three place grid […]