F1 – Japanese GP – Qualifying
The land of the rising sun is back with the qualifying of the Japanese GP. With the rain waiting to come, we’ ve just seen a great session at Suzuka. Wanna know what happened? Keep reading!
Mercedes and Red Bull had the strategy of making the Q1 with medium tyres while the rest of the grid was making their laps with the soft compound. Ferrari were the only ones who could make a faster lap than Mercedes, but with the soft tyre with Vettel with the quickest time and Kimi really close to the german driver, who will get a 3 position grid penalty for the race after his start at Malaysia last week. Chequered flag and Vettel had the best time of Q1 and at the knockout zone we had Button, Mangnussen, Ericsson, Nasr, Ocon and Wehrlein.
Second session and Mercedes this time used the soft tyre becoming faster than everyone this time with 5 tenths of difference with the Ferrari drivers who were behind them. The session was going without problems but on his last attempt at the spoon turn Carlos Sainz spun and lost the chance of become at the top 10. Nico Rosberg finished the session on top and at the knockout zone we had Bottas, Massa, Kvyat, Sainz, Alonso and Palmer.
Time for the real fire for the fight for the pole position. Lewis Hamilton made the quickest lap on his first attempt with a really close Nico Rosberg. Both Ferrari were faster than the Red Bull with Kimi on third position and Vettel fourth, the Red Bull closed the first lap with Verstappen 5th and Ricciardo 6th but the most shocking thing was that they were only in just less than 5 tenths.
Last lap for everyone and Vettel will be the last driver who will set the last lap of Q3. Both Mercedes were making a faster lap with a record while Verstappen improved and finished in front of the Ferrari, but Kimi also improved so the final position were almost the same for everyone.
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Pole position for Nico Rosberg with Lewis Hamilton 2nd and Kimi Raikkonen 3rd. Sebatian Vettel finished 4th, but ht will have a 3 position grid penalty, so he will start tomorrow 7th. The top 10 will be closed with Verstappen, Ricciardo, Pérez, Grosjean, Hulkenberg and Gutiérrez.
Tomorrow Nico Rosberg will try to increase his distance with Lewis, but the brigith driver will try to recover the points that he lost at Malaysia. What do you think will happen? Make your bet and remember… Be mini-good!