Top ten pictures from the 2016 Japanese Grand Prix

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Ten of the best pictures which tell the story of the 2016 Japanese Grand Prix weekend.

McLaren

Fernando Alonso, Stoffel Vandoorne, Jenson Button, McLaren, Suzuka, 2016

At Honda’s home race, McLaren’s staff got together to do their best impression of a poorly-tuned television. The race was one of their most disappointing of the year, Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button struggling to 16th and 18th.

Esteban Ocon

Esteban Ocon, Manor, Suzuka, 2016

Esteban Ocon has now finished all five of his starts for Manor this year. On his first visit to Suzuka, where Pascal Wehrlein was also a newcomer, he out-qualified and out-raced his team mate.

Suzuka

Suzuka, 2016

Formula One’s fairground.

Suzuka fan

Fan, Suzuka, 2016

You’ve got to love your home F1 track to make a hat out of it. Japan’s fans once again didn’t disappoint with their fantastic headgear.

Max Verstappen

Max Verstappen, Red Bull, Suzuka, 2016

The power of Red Bull’s aerodynamics can be seen in the vortices formed on Max Verstappen’s rear wing.

Start

Start, Suzuka, 2016

Once again Lewis Hamilton’s victory hopes vanished within seconds of the start. It was the fourth time this year he’s lost at least five positions on lap one. Nico Rosberg was on his way to win number nine and a comfortable championship lead.

Esteban Gutierrez

Esteban Gutierrez, Haas, Suzuka, 2016

An early spin for Esteban Gutierrez wrecked his chances of a points-scoring finish despite having started in the top ten.

Daniel Ricciardo

Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull, Suzuka, 2016

Hamilton’s first pit stop carried him ahead of Kimi Raikkonen and Sergio Perez, who were busy swapping places as they also overtook Jolyon Palmer.

Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton

Max Verstappen, Lewis Hamilton, Suzuka, 2016

Verstappen’s defending came under scrutiny again after this penultimate lap move on Hamilton. Mercedes protested the move but abandoned their effort after Hamilton came down against the appeal.

Mercedes

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, Suzuka, 2016

Hamilton did attend Mercedes’ photo shoot to celebrate their third consecutive constructors’ championship but he didn’t stay for long – you can see him heading off in the background.

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4 comments on “Top ten pictures from the 2016 Japanese Grand Prix”

  1. “…McLaren’s staff got together to do their best impression of a poorly-tuned television.”!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I laughed so hard, @keithcollantine!!!!! :D

    1. I don’t know if it’s been discussed previously, but what is with those McLaren shirts this year? The fact that the back doesn’t line up with the front (of an already ugly design) really bugs me.

  2. Another website made emphasis on the right billboard there:

    LEWIS
    Thank You
    …Petronas

    So ironic.

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