Sebastian Vettel came within three-thousandths of a second of a perfect race result at Japan. It was the 25th Japanese Grand Prix that counted for the world championship and – happily – the 21st at Suzuka. More facts and stats below.
Here are the key moments of the Japanese Grand Prix as described by the drivers: Starting from tenth on the grid was always going to make for a tough race but my pace was really good in the race and I was very happy with the performance of the car. I was pulling massive amounts … Continue reading Japanese Grand Prix: driver reactions
A look at the data from the Japanese Grand Prix just how far ahead Red Bull were – and how they should have had a one-two at a track that suited the RB5 perfectly. See below for the analysis in full, including the battle between Jarno Trulli and Lewis Hamilton and how Jenson Button salvaged … Continue reading Red Bull’s pace and Hamilton’s fumble (Japanese Grand Prix analysis)
Nico Rosberg is under investigation from the stewards at Suzuka following the Japanese Grand Prix – and the outcome of the hearing could hand the constructors’ championship to Brawn. Brawn claim Rosberg drove too quickly when the safety car was deployed following Jaime Alguersuari’s crash. The lap time data from the race shows how Rosberg … Continue reading Stewards’ decision could give Brawn title (Update: No penalty for Rosberg)
Sebastian Vettel utterly dominated the Japanese Grand Prix – and he kept his championship hopes alive as the Brawn duo finished at the bottom of the points places. Vettel also single-handedly kept Red Bull in the constructors’ championship battle.
A pot-boiler of a result at Suzuka which keeps both championship battles going. Rate the Japanese Grand Prix out of ten and leave a comment below.
Drivers’ championship standings Driver Points 1 Jenson Button 85 2 Rubens Barrichello 71 3 Sebastian Vettel 69 4 Mark Webber 51.5 5 Kimi Raikkonen 45 6 Lewis Hamilton 43 7 Nico Rosberg 34.5 8 Jarno Trulli 30.5 9 Fernando Alonso 26 10 Timo Glock 24 11 Heikki Kovalainen 22 12 Felipe Massa 22 13 Nick … Continue reading Championship points after Japan
Position Driver Laps Delay Gap 1 Sebastian Vettel 53 2 Jarno Trulli 53 4.877 4.877 3 Lewis Hamilton 53 6.472 1.595 4 Kimi Raikkonen 53 7.94 1.468 5 Nico Rosberg 53 8.793 0.853 6 Nick Heidfeld 53 9.509 0.716 7 Rubens Barrichello 53 10.641 1.132 8 Jenson Button 53 11.474 0.833 9 Robert Kubica 53 … Continue reading Japanese Grand Prix race result
Suzuka was grey and murky yesterday, but today two sessions were held in bright sunshine, showing off the track at its best. Here’s a collection of pictures from qualifying earlier today.
Sebastian Vettel should be able to pit one lap later than Jarno Trulli and Lewis Hamilton at the start of the Japanese Grand Prix. But will he be able to keep Hamilton behind at the start of the race? Here are the fuel weights in full.
Five drivers have been been moved down the grid for the Japanese Grand Prix. They are Jenson Button, Rubens Barrichello, Adrian Sutil, Sebastien Buemi and Fernando Alonso. However because of the large number of drivers that got penalties, some of them will not lose a full five places. See the Japanese Grand Prix grid.
Qualifying for the Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka was red-flagged three times for three different accidents. Jaime Alguersuari put his Toro Rosso in the barriers at Degner eight minutes into Q2. Then, four minutes after the session had resumed, Timo Glock crashed his Toyota at the final turn. In Q3 it was Heikki Kovalainen’s turn … Continue reading Crashes for Alguersuari, Glock and Kovalainen halt Japan qualifying (Video)
Sebastian Vettel is on pole position for the fourth time this season after leading the field in a chaotic qualifying session at Suzuka. Three crashes forced the session to be stopped at different points, including a particularly worrying accident for Timo Glock. And Brawn duo Jenson Button and Rubens Barrichello could face penalties after improving … Continue reading Sebastian Vettel takes pole in crash-hit session (Japanese Grand Prix qualifying)
Full grid and starting order for the 2009 Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka including any grid penalties that have been applied.
The first two F1 practice sessions at Suzuka were disrupted by heavy rain. This was a blow for the eight F1 drivers who haven’t competed in an F1 race weekend at the circuit and badly needed time to acclimatise. But it should make for an unpredictable qualifying session tomorrow. Kamui Kobayashi made his first appearance … Continue reading Suzuka practice washout in pictures
Kamui Kobayashi will drive for Toyota in the Friday practice sessions for the Japanese Grand Prix. He is standing in for Timo Glock, who is unwell. It will be Kobayashi’s first appearance as a driver at a Grand Prix weekend. The 23-year-old Japanese driver has tested for Toyota for the past two seasons and is … Continue reading Kamui Kobayashi to stand in for Glock
Get ready for this weekend’s Japanese Grand Prix with the F1 Fanatic unofficial race programme. It includes everything you nede to know about the track, the championship situation and the history of the race.
Suzuka has only been off the calendar for two years, but already eight of the 20 drivers competing this weekend have never raced there in F1. It’s a warm welcome back for one of F1’s most beloved circuits. And once again, it could provide the setting for a championship showdown.
The F1 circus heads straight from Singapore to Suzuka for back-to-back Grand Prix action. Here’s when the Japanese Grand Prix sessions will be on British TV this weekend: Friday 2nd October Japanese Grand Prix first practice live: 02:00-03:30 (BBC Red Button and online) Japanese Grand Prix second practice live: 06:00-07:30 (BBC Red Button and online) … Continue reading Japanese Grand Prix TV times
The Japanese Grand Prix has moved back from Fuji to Suzuka this year. Although Fuji will always be remembered for the downpours that greeted the 1976 and 2007 F1 races, Suzuka has had its share of wet weather as well. Very heavy rain fell in 1994, almost causing the race to be abandoned. And showers … Continue reading Japanese Grand Prix weather forecast