Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari, Suzuka, 2019

2019 Japanese Grand Prix grid

2019 Japanese Grand Prix

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Sebastian Vettel leads the grid for the 2019 Japanese Grand Prix.

Row 11. Sebastian Vettel 1’27.064
Ferrari
2. Charles Leclerc 1’27.253
Ferrari
Row 23. Valtteri Bottas 1’27.293
Mercedes
4. Lewis Hamilton 1’27.302
Mercedes
Row 35. Max Verstappen 1’27.851
Red Bull
6. Alexander Albon 1’27.851
Red Bull
Row 47. Carlos Sainz Jnr 1’28.304
McLaren
8. Lando Norris 1’28.464
McLaren
Row 59. Pierre Gasly 1’28.836
Toro Rosso
10. Romain Grosjean 1’29.341
Haas
Row 611. Antonio Giovinazzi 1’29.254
Alfa Romeo
12. Lance Stroll 1’29.345
Racing Point
Row 713. Kimi Raikkonen 1’29.358
Alfa Romeo
14. Daniil Kvyat 1’29.563
Toro Rosso
Row 815. Nico Hulkenberg 1’30.112
Renault
16. Daniel Ricciardo 1’29.822
Renault
Row 917. Sergio Perez 1’30.344
Racing Point
18. George Russell 1’30.364
Williams
Row 1019. Kevin Magnussen No time
Haas
20. Robert Kubica No time
Williams

Penalties

Kevin Magnussen: Given permission to start despite having not set a time in Q1; five-place penalty for gearbox change
Robert Kubica: Given permission to start despite having not set a time in Q1; required to start from pit lane due to chassis change

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21 comments on “2019 Japanese Grand Prix grid”

  1. Nice job Vettel and also Albon.

  2. It is getting more difficult to not say the Ferrari is the faster car.
    This was the promise they displayed pre season, but unfortunately couldn’t not deliver results early on.

    1. I’m actually interested on finding out what happened to their pace between pre-season and Australia.

  3. Whao! Sebastian-san is back again with a new track record 👏👊
    Congrats Seb-san, should be good race ahead 👍
    Beautiful blue sky too…..seems very windy 😀

    Oh dear Lewisa but never rule him out! 😊

    1. Lewisa as you say is the guy who as been putting Vettel to shame for years, valerie finally beat Ham in qually in the rocketship about damn time, oh well only a few races to go Vettel will be out the title fight in 5 hours time lol.

    2. Well done vettel. Just try to keep it together in the race this time.

  4. Looks like Merc and Hamilton will need to wait another race or two before wrapping up their championships. Ferrari certainly had the power to muscle their way to the front and short of tactical error I think that’s where they will stay. RB/Honda a bit behind but well in front of McLaren so they will probably have a bit of a lonely race.

    1. You would think it was all about the power, but Vettel was fastest through the first sector with a 30.2 by a decent margin to the Mercs

      1. Still a big straight though across the line probably took 2 tenths there. Merc should pit early and go to hards forcer Ferrari into something

      2. Would you be kind to show me where you can see the sector times for the qualifying laps?

          1. I don’t see sector times there for their fastest laps. Just the best sector times which may not even be from their fastest lap. Thanks for the link though! @srga91

      1. @socksolid
        Sorry, I thought you meant overall fastest.
        If you’ve got the F1 App, you can re-watch the timing charts and there you see it exactly.

  5. That was a ridiculous lap with an incredible fast first sector. Thought the Mercs would be 3-4 tenths faster in that sector, especially with their new upgrades. Then Ferrari would get that back in the 3rd sector, so all would be decided in the middle sector. But Vettel was having none of that. 30.2 is 1st sector is insane and the Merc weren’t even close to that.

    1. @crystakke Could be that the high winds suit the Ferrari front aerodynamics better.

    2. bottas was hitting 330 at the end of the main straight. It’s that cape upgrade, the car now turns in, from singapore the car isn’t just a low downforce track car.
      Ham was nailing the last sector but for some reason s1 and s2 didn’t come together.
      not all car, I feel we had an open q between 4 cars possibly due to the tricky conditions, it is a risky track. I don’t think cutting practice is the key for a less pre determined q I think it is down the fact this is a real track, a mistake and you’re gone.

  6. @thegianthogweed and the other Kvyat fanboys have gone quiet after Spa they were ridiculing Gasly and Albon. Albon did something today Gasly could never do. Gasly is now 4-1 against Kvyat hilarious lol, Albon was beating Kvyat in qualifying aswell in his rookie year, more upside to Albon. Gasly is literally ending Kvyat hope of being in a team outside Torro Rosso with this. How is Gasly beating Kvyat so much?. Absoloute amazing result for Albon if he is regularly say 2-3 tenths behind in future he will be a great driver still. Also well done Vettel about time what a lap he needed this big time being beaten 9 times in a row in qually is amazing he as done well to buck that trend and finally gets Hamilton in qually aswell. Ama

  7. Kvyat fans have gone quiet after Spa they were against Gasly and Albon. Albon did something today Gasly could never do. Gasly is now 4-1 against Kvyat. Albon was beating Kvyat in qualifying aswell in his rookie year, more upside to Albon. Gasly is literally ending Kvyat hope of being in a team outside Torro Rosso with this. How is Gasly beating Kvyat so much?. Absoloute amazing result for Albon if he is regularly say 2-3 tenths behind in future he will be a great driver still. Also well done Vettel about time what a lap he needed this big time being beaten 9 times in a row in qually is amazing he as done well to buck that trend and finally gets Hamilton in qually aswell.

    1. Crofty was annoying, kept putting Albon down, at one point he said Albon was again the usual .6 down when in fact he was .4 down, when Albon was .2 down Croft kept questioning it. Croft was speechless for a while after the first run in q3. Croft hurting is all I care this late in the season.
      Why was Kvyat signed on a 2 year deal? He has been nowhere since he got out if of STR. his attitude improved after being dropped but his work is still rubbish.

  8. Well done to Ferrari, I think the Mercedes will nail them in race trim if the temps increase though. Its pretty clear since the break and arguably at 2 or 3 races early in the year that the Ferrari was the faster car. I think they will have managed by the end of the year to have arguably the fastest car for most of the races and not delivered anywhere close to their maximum. Maybe they should be looking to poach James…

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