Valtteri Bottas set the fastest lap of the Japanese Grand Prix but was well short of beating the race lap record for Suzuka.
The 1’33.144 Bottas set on the race’s 50th lap was 1.6 seconds shy of the record set by Kimi Raikkonen in 2005.
In considerably hotter conditions the race lap times were well off what had been seen in qualifying. In Malaysia the fastest lap of the race was four seconds slower than the pole position time. In Japan pole was 5.8 seconds faster.
Although Honda were unable to score any points in their last race with McLaren, Stoffel Vandoorne’s best lap time gave them some cause for optimism, as he was just half a second slower than Bottas on the same tyre compound.
2017 Japanese Grand Prix lap times
All the lap times by the drivers (in seconds, very slow laps excluded). Scroll to zoom, drag to pan and toggle drivers using the control below:
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2017 Japanese Grand Prix fastest laps
Each driver’s fastest lap:
|Rank||Driver||Car||Fastest lap||Gap||On lap|
|3||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull-TAG Heuer||1’33.694||0.550||52|
|5||Max Verstappen||Red Bull-TAG Heuer||1’33.730||0.586||51|
|8||Pierre Gasly||Toro Rosso-Renault||1’34.533||1.389||45|
|10||Sergio Perez||Force India-Mercedes||1’34.744||1.600||23|
|11||Esteban Ocon||Force India-Mercedes||1’34.843||1.699||50|
|20||Carlos Sainz Jnr||Toro Rosso-Renault|