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Posted on Thursday, September 24, 2015

Mercedes struggle would be 'big surprise' - Vettel

Sebastian Vettel says it would be a "big surprise" if 2015 pace setters Mercedes were to struggle again during this weekend's Japanese Grand Prix. Mercedes was off the pace across the Singapore Grand Prix, enabling Ferrari driver Vettel to convert his first pole position since 2013 into his third victory of the campaign. Vettel, who trails Lewis Hamilton in the championship by 49 points, is nonetheless expecting Mercedes to return to the front of the pack at Suzuka, a circuit where the German has emerged […]

Posted on Thursday, September 24, 2015

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Formula 1 continues its Asian leg with a poignant return to Japan, a year on from Jules Bianchi’s tragic and ultimately fatal accident at Suzuka. The Frenchman’s horrific collision with a recovery vehicle in 2014 cast a shadow over one of the year’s most popular events, courtesy of the challenging circuit, the history of the sport in the country and the passionate Japanese fans. Lewis Hamilton heads to Japan with a reduced 41 point lead over Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg following his retirement in Singapore, […]

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 […]

Posted on Saturday, October 4, 2014

Kvyat 'honoured' to earn Red Bull promotion

Toro Rosso driver Daniil Kvyat says he is 'honoured' to earn a seat with Red Bull for the 2015 season. Reigning GP3 champion Kvyat will join Daniel Ricciardo at the team after it was confirmed that Sebastian Vettel will leave the squad at the end of the year. "I found out this morning when I arrived at the track and I was very pleased about it," he told Sky Sports. "Very honoured, happy, of course I have to thank Red Bull for this great opportunity. […]

Posted on Saturday, October 4, 2014

Rosberg elated by eighth 2014 pole

Nico Rosberg expressed his elation after securing his eighth pole position of 2014 at the Japanese Grand Prix. Rosberg topped the times in Q3 to set a time of 1:32.506, almost two-tenths of a second faster than Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton. "That was one of the best qualifying sessions we did this year," he said. "The team did an incredible job to give me a brilliant car. "The balance was perfect, so I was able to push a lot and go to the limits in […]

Posted on Saturday, October 4, 2014

Ricciardo 'surprised' by Vettel departure

Daniel Ricciardo says he was surprised by Sebastian Vettel's decision to leave Red Bull at the end of the season. Vettel is expected to replace McLaren-bound Fernando Alonso at Ferrari and Ricciardo, who will line-up alongside Daniil Kvyat at Red Bull in 2015, says he was surprised by the decision of his current team-mate. "I was quite surprised by Sebastian’s news, I didn’t know before this morning; it’s two pretty big changes for the team, Sebastian leaving and Daniil coming in, but Seb’s done his […]

Posted on Saturday, October 4, 2014

Bottas anticipating Williams struggle in wet

Valtteri Bottas says anticipated wet conditions will not aid Williams's cause at this weekend's Japanese Grand Prix. Bottas qualified in third position at Suzuka but the region is expected to be battered by the approaching Super Typhoon Phanfone. While the worst of the weather is expected on Monday, heavy rain is anticipated on Sunday afternoon, when the race is scheduled to take place. "Mercedes looked really quick yesterday and this morning so it was nice to get a bit closer," Bottas said. "They will be […]

Posted on Saturday, October 4, 2014

Rosberg beats Hamilton to Japan pole

Nico Rosberg beat Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton to pole position for the Japanese Grand Prix. Rosberg was quicker in both runs in Q3, his final time of 1:32.506 almost two-tenths of a second faster than title rival Hamilton. Williams secured the second row of the grid, with Valtteri Bottas in third and Felipe Massa in fourth. Fernando Alonso ended in fifth for Ferrari, ahead of Daniel Ricciardo and the McLaren pairing of Kevin Magnussen and Jenson Button. Sebastian Vettel, who earlier confirmed he is leaving […]

Posted on Friday, October 3, 2014

Downbeat Sutil fears another Sauber struggle

Adrian Sutil reckons Sauber is set for another difficult weekend in Japan after Friday's practice sessions at Suzuka. Sutil, who has not yet scored a point this season, was 17th fastest in the second session and had his run disrupted by a Power Unit problem. "In first practice we had problems finding a good balance for the car," he said. "The hard tyres didn’t work as we had hoped. There was very little grip, which makes it difficult to set a decent lap time. For […]

Posted on Friday, October 3, 2014

Hamilton encouraged by Mercedes pace advantage

Lewis Hamilton says he is encouraged by Mercedes's pace advantage following Friday's practice sessions for the Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka. Hamilton topped the second session ahead of team-mate Nico Rosberg, with Brit over a second faster than third-placed driver Valtteri Bottas. "The gap changes from track to track between us and other cars but it looks pretty good so far this weekend," he said. "To come here at one of the most demanding tracks for downforce and to be that competitive is fantastic. "The […]