Formula 1 2018 Japanese Grand Prix

data

2018-10-07
17
Suzuka Circuit
Lewis Hamilton HAM
Lewis Hamilton HAM
Sebastian Vettel
lap 53 - 1:32.318
VET

The 2018 Japanese Grand Prix was won by Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes.

The race in Japan was round 17 of 21 of the 2018 season.

weather conditions

Weather conditions at 7 October 2018 05:10 GMT (raceday).

Breezy and Partly Cloudy
79.92°F
67%
15.14 mph
328°
 

results

# driver constructor laps time points
1 53 1:27:17.062 25
2 53 +12.919 18
3 53 +14.295 15
4 53 +19.495 12
5 53 +50.998 10
6 53 +1:09.873 8
7 53 +1:19.379 6
8 53 +1:27.198 4
9 53 +1:28.055 2
10 52 +1 Lap 1
11 52 +1 Lap 0
12 52 +1 Lap 0
13 52 +1 Lap 0
14 52 +1 Lap 0
15 52 +1 Lap 0
16 52 +1 Lap 0
17 52 +1 Lap 0
38 Mechanical 0
37 Engine 0
8 Collision damage 0

grid

# driver constructor time
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:27.000
2 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes +1.000
3 Max Verstappen Red Bull +2.000
4 Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari +2.000
5 Romain Grosjean Haas F1 Team +2.000
6 Brendon Hartley Toro Rosso +3.000
7 Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso +3.000
8 Esteban Ocon Force India +3.000
9 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari +5.000
10 Sergio Pérez Force India +10.000
11 Charles Leclerc Sauber +2.000
12 Kevin Magnussen Haas F1 Team +3.000
13 Carlos Sainz Renault +3.000
14 Lance Stroll Williams +3.000
15 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull +2.000
16 Nico Hülkenberg Renault +3.000
17 Sergey Sirotkin Williams +3.000
18 Fernando Alonso McLaren +3.000
19 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren +4.000
20 Marcus Ericsson Sauber +4.000

driver positions through the laps

2018 Japanese Grand Prix

The 2018 FIA Formula One World Championship is an ongoing motor racing championship for Formula One cars which is recognised by the governing body of international motorsport, the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA), as the highest class of competition for open-wheel racing cars. Drivers and teams are competing in twenty-one Grands Prix for the World Drivers' and World Constructors' championship titles.

Lewis Hamilton is defending his World Drivers' Championship, after winning his fourth championship title at the 2017 Mexican Grand Prix. His team, Mercedes, are the defending Constructors' Championship, having secured their fourth consecutive title at the 2017 United States Grand Prix. After one round, Sebastian Vettel leads Hamilton in the World Drivers' Championship by seven points. Kimi Räikkonen is third, a further three points behind. In the World Constructors' Championship, Ferrari lead Mercedes by eighteen points, with Red Bull Racing third.

A revision of the sport's technical regulations means that a new cockpit protection device—commonly known as the "halo"—was introduced for the 2018 championship. The introduction of the halo in Formula One is the first stage of a planned roll-out that would see the device adopted in all FIA-sanctioned open-wheel racing series by 2020.


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Leclerc was left fuming at Suzuka on Sunday when he damaged his front wing in a collision with Magnussen as they battled for position early in the race. The Sauber driver had been tucked into Magnussen's slipstream down the start-finish straight, and as he moved to the inside to try to pass, the Haas came across right in front of him. Although the F1 stewards clearly had no choice but to ...

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Verstappen and Vettel made contact in a battle for third place as they entered Spoon with Vettel spinning off and falling to the rear of the field, and the FIA stewards opted to take no action regarding the incident. The Ferrari driver criticised Verstappen following the race with the Red Bull driver hitting back by stating Vettel had "driven into the side of my car". Vettel says he will ... ...

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Hamilton has won the last four grands prix to build a 67-point lead over Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel and can win his fifth championship at the next race in the United States.  Vettel's challenge has crumbled thanks to mistakes of his own, such as crashing in Germany and spinning in Italy and Japan, as well as strategic blunders by Ferrari.  Hamilton said: "Together we [he and Mercedes] ... ...

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The Japanese manufacturer wanted to make a change on Pierre Gasly's car after qualifying, during parc ferme conditions, to address the oscillations that are still occurring when shifting up through the gears with its updated engine. Ahead of the grand prix, the FIA confirmed that Honda had changed the post shift ignition retard settings on the Toro Rosso. Its written request to do so was ... ...

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Leclerc hit the rear of Magnussen's Haas on the approach to the first corner at Suzuka when both moved to the right on the second lap of the Japanese Grand Prix. Both were able to continue, although Magnussen had a rear puncture and Leclerc would later have his Sauber car's nose changed. The FIA stewards took the view that both drivers had moved right at the same time, and thus deemed it was ... ...

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The Ferrari driver felt that his Red Bull rival had been too aggressive in trying to hold on to third place in the Japanese Grand Prix as he tried a move down the inside at Spoon Curve on lap nine. With Verstappen having also clashed with Kimi Raikkonen on the opening lap of the race, Vettel believes that a conversation with the Dutchman is needed. "He is quick, but it doesn't help also the ... ...

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The South-East Asian country has long been rumoured to be on the radar of F1’s owners Liberty Media, with a venue 12 kilometres west of Hanoi having been singled out as a location for the track Talks have advanced quickly behind the scenes, however, and sources at last weekend’s Japanese Grand Prix insisted that an agreement was now in place for the event to go ahead in 2020. An official ... ...

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Hamilton dominates again, closes on fifth title Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes AMG F1 celebrates with the team and the champagne Photo by: Mark Sutton / Sutton Images Sunday’s race was a stroll for Hamilton, despite some early engine issues that proved to be nothing to worry about. He moved to the brink of the 2018 title by claiming victory as Ferrari rival Sebastian Vettel clashed ... ...

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Hamilton dominates again, closes on fifth title Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes AMG F1 celebrates with the team and the champagne Photo by: Mark Sutton / Sutton Images Sunday’s race was a stroll for Hamilton, despite some early engine issues that proved to be nothing to worry about. He moved to the brink of the 2018 title by claiming victory as Ferrari rival Sebastian Vettel clashed ... ...

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Verstappen felt it was a "bit stupid" for him to have been given a five-second penalty for rejoining the track in an unsafe manner after he ran wide at the chicane and then pushed Raikkonen off. But Whiting thinks there can be no doubt that Verstappen deserved punishment for the way he came back on the circuit. "It was quite clearly a penalty because Max went off the track and rejoined the ... ...

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Grosjean still managed to finish eighth at Suzuka, despite also suffering a handling problem that team principal Gunther Steiner said was related to part of the rear suspension "moving". Steiner explained that Haas could not help Grosjean identify the problem when it struck because of the lack of data from the car. "We don't know why it broke because in the beginning we had no telemetry," he ... ...

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The two drivers collided on the second lap of the race when Leclerc jinked to the right down the start-finish straight and rear-ended Magnussen as the Dane moved across to defend. Magnussen picked up a left-rear puncture that caused enough damage to the car to force his eventual retirement, while Leclerc damaged his front wing. Leclerc was angry with Magnussen after the reason but asked if ... ...

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Hamilton claimed his fourth victory in a row at the Japanese Grand Prix to put him on the brink of the 2018 crown after Vettel spun early on trying to pass Max Verstappen and finished sixth. Vettel led the title race by eight points back in July but Hamilton has won six of the seven races since then and turned that deficit into a 67-point lead. Asked by Motorsport.com if he was surprised how ... ...

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Alonso was given a five-second penalty for leaving the track and gaining an advantage after he was sent onto the grass by Lance Stroll's Williams as the duo braked for the final chicane early in the race. The stewards found Stroll guilty in the incident and also handed him a five-second penalty for the contact and for pushing the McLaren off track. The Spanish driver was also awarded one ... ...

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Having quickly progressed from eighth on the grid following his poor qualifying, Vettel was attacking Verstappen for third at Spoon corner on the first lap after the early safety car at Suzuka when they tangled and the Ferrari spun. Vettel could only recover to sixth, leaving him 67 points behind race winner Lewis Hamilton - who can now clinch the title at the next race in the United ... ...

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Vettel challenged Verstappen for third down the inside of the Spoon left-hander after an early-race safety car restart, which resulted in a collision and sent the Ferrari driver spinning. The incident was investigated by the stewards, with no further action taken, but Verstappen felt it was clear Vettel had been at fault. "In that corner you cannot overtake," he said. "I even gave him space ... ...

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Magnussen's Haas was read-ended by the Sauber of Leclerc after the Dane suddenly moved to the right on the main straight when the Monegasque was attempting to pass at the start of the race. The incident resulted in a puncture for Magnussen, who later retired with a damaged car. The race stewards investigated the incident but concluded no driver was predominantly to blame and therefore ... ...

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Hamilton's ninth win of the year and Vettel's sixth place at Suzuka, after spinning to the back, means Hamilton leads by 67 points with four grands prix remaining. That means Hamilton only needs to outscore Vettel by eight points at the next race in the United States to clinch a fifth world championship. Hamilton held his pole advantage at the start and kept Mercedes' teammate Valtteri ... ...

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The timing of the meeting is intriguing, because on Friday the team bosses met on their own, without any F1 or FIA representation, for the first time since Malaysia last year. The feeling amongst them was that it would be valuable for them to get together without the other key stakeholders, and in an informal environment without the strict agenda that dominates official Strategy Group ... ...

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Hartley put his Honda-powered STR13 sixth on the Japanese Grand Prix grid, one place ahead of teammate Pierre Gasly, for what was his best qualifying in F1 so far. The New Zealand driver's future in the team is not assured, as the team could yet pick someone else to partner Daniil Kvyat, who is replacing the Red Bull-bound Gasly, in 2019. When asked whether Hartley could still keep hold of ... ...

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McLaren's terrible 2018 season continued with Alonso and Stoffel Vandoorne only outqualifying the crashed Sauber of Marcus Ericsson ahead of the Japanese Grand Prix. Alonso said the MCL33 was not handling badly, but rather just slow as he lapped 1.8s off the pace but almost half a second clear of his teammate. "Today, the balance was good, the lap was good," he said. "I was convinced when I ... ...

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The German failed to make it out of an ultra-tight Q1 at Suzuka to take 16th on the grid, matching where he ended up in Spain after he has hampered by a fuel system issue there. But with his performance today not hampered by anything out of the ordinary - although a crash in final practice was not ideal - Hulkenberg thinks that Renault's lack of development progress is now really ... ...

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Wolff says that the team has to remain open-minded and ready to react, because it can't always judge in advance what scenarios might unfold. Hamilton and teammate Valtteri Bottas share the front row for tomorrow's race at Suzuka, making it inevitable that they will be in close proximity at the start. Asked by Motorsport.com if the team would approach its pre-race briefings with the drivers ... ...

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Bottas was on a slow lap when Ericsson, on his second push lap in Q1, went round the Mercedes in the long Turn 7 left-hander. Although Ericsson confirmed Bottas was well out of the way and off the racing line, meaning he had no problem with what the Mercedes driver did, the disturbance to the airflow cost him downforce. This led to him understeering onto the grass having lost front-end grip ... ...

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Having got through Q1 in eighth place, Ricciardo suffered a throttle actuator failure early in Q2 without setting a laptime, and he will thus start 15th. The team is allowed by the FIA to change the part under parc ferme conditions without a further penalty. The frustration for both the Australian and his team is that he took power unit grid penalties and started from the back in both Monza ... ...

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McLaren only had four sets of supersoft Pirellis for the Suzuka weekend, three sets fewer than the next lowest allocation, and double the sets of medium tyres as anyone else. The decision was made back in June, before Eric Boullier left and de Ferran was named sporting director. McLaren made an identical tyre choice for the Belgian Grand Prix in late August, although for the next race with ... ...

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Sebastian Vettel's world championship hopes suffered a fresh blow in qualifying at Suzuka after Ferrari picked intermediates for a relatively dry track – believing that heavy rain was coming. By the time the team had realised it had made a mistake and swapped Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen to slicks, the rain finally arrived and both drivers made errors on the damp track in their attempts to set a ... ...

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Ferrari paid the price for the decision to leave the pitlane on intermediates at the start of Q3, when the track was still dry, with Sebastian Vettel finishing down in ninth position. Grosjean was one of the stars of qualifying, placing the Haas in fifth, but he acknowledged a last-minute change of mind stopped him from following Ferrari's strategy. When asked how close he was to going out ... ...

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Hartley led teammate Pierre Gasly in sixth place, as he finished 2.263s off pole position in the mixed-weather final qualifying segment. Rain hit the track at the end of Q3, meaning drivers' first attempts were the ones that determined the order – but the surface wasn't in optimal condition at the start of the session either, as it had also rained at the end of the previous ... ...

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Ocon was adjudged to have breached red flag rules during the third free practice session of the weekend, after Renault's Nico Hulkenberg crashed to suspend the session. The stewards' statement explained that Ocon had been confused by Force India's system for managing pace under red flags and ended up speeding for three mini-sectors of the lap. “The driver informed the Stewards, and the ... ...

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Vettel and teammate Kimi Raikkonen were the only drivers to be sent out on intermediate tyres at the start of Q3, but both returned to the pits after just one lap as the track was dry. With rain hitting the circuit at the end of the session, the time lost at the start proved crucial, as Vettel wound up ninth after a poor fastest lap. "I think, why we took the decisions, five or six minutes ... ...

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Hamilton secured the 80th pole position of his career at the Japanese Grand Prix after a tricky Q3 session where teams were having to balance out which tyres to run in the changeable conditions. In the end, Ferrari’s wrong decision to run intermediates at the start of the session meant its drivers were not out on track when it was driest – and Hamilton’s main title rival Sebastian Vettel ... ...

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Both Mercedes drivers will start on the soft compound Pirellis having used them to set their Q2 times. Hamilton hit the front on supersofts on the first runs in Q3, lapping 0.299s faster than Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas. That lap of 1m27.760s proved to be fast enough to secure pole position given renewed rain that hit the track in the middle of the session. Vettel and Kimi ... ...

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Hamilton improved late on to topple title rival Sebastian Vettel, having spent most of the session at the foot of the times following an early rain shower. Kimi Raikkonen led Ferrari teammate Vettel by a tenth on their initial flying laps on supersofts before light rain increased after a quarter of an hour. That left the Ferraris on top, with Friday pacesetter and championship leader ... ...

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Pirelli expanded its tyre range for this year, moving a step softer with its existing compounds and adding the all-new hypersoft tyre. Despite this, all but three of the 16 races held so far this season have been won by drivers on a one-stop strategy. Speaking ahead of the Japanese Grand Prix in Suzuka, Hamilton said he will lobbying Pirelli for even softer tyres going forward. He also ... ...

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The Japanese manufacturer's updated engine was used in practice last week in Russia but Honda opted not to continue after recording some irregular behaviour on track. This was related to the driveability of the engine, which suffered from higher than expected gearbox oscillations. Honda worked on the engine back at its Milton Keynes base in the United Kingdom, where it has the necessary ... ...

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