GP Japan: x-ray: as well faced the riders the race in Japan


The first day was marked by the traditional praises to the circuit, which always falls in love with the riders with its fast corners and, also, by the problems of understeer widespread, especially in the first sector. Mercedes returned to dominate a day, but Red Bull promises to give war or, at least, animate the race.

The classification yielded a new duel between Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton which ended in favour of the German by just thirteen-thousandths of a second. Kimi Räikkönen led the offensive against Mercedes ahead of his teammate and the Red Bull, which on this occasion disappointed. Although, for disappointment, the McLaren, that she even came to offer a performance inferior to that of 2015, with Jenson Button eliminated in Q1 and Fernando Alonso only two posts later on the grill.

below, we review a pilot to pilot the highlight of your weekend.


Lewis Hamilton

Friday: Good day without drawbacks.

Saturday: Day complicated, but positive, taking account of the difficulties she has had to find the right setup.

Nico Rosberg

Friday: Began with a lot of understeer and, in the afternoon, the medium compound has not behaved so well as they had hoped. In contrast, the soft is perfect to a turn, the car goes very well.

Saturday: It feels tremendously confident and comfortable with the car. Both he and his companion shot without the extra power that is commonly used in classification to prevent problems such as those of Malaysia.

Pilot Free 1 Free 2 Rows L1+L2 Free 3 Vtas Q1 Q2 Q3
HAM 1:32.646 (2nd) 1:32.322 (2nd) 21+35 1:33.284 (7th) 12 1:32.218 (4th) 1:31.129 (2nd) 1:30.660 (2nd)
ROS 1:32.431 (1) 1:32.250 (1) 24+35 1:32.092 (1) 14 1:31.858 (3rd) 1:30.714 (1) 1:30.647 (1º)



Sebastian Vettel

Friday: focused on the medium compound in the first session, moving on to hard in the second. Not used the medium and still need to find balance in the car, that subvira in excess.

Saturday: Lost time in the last sector of his last lap of Q3, but is very satisfied with the progress of the car.

Kimi Räikkönen

Friday: has Not been found comfortable with the excess understeer, but his best lap of the second session was very good.

Saturday: positively Surprised with the progress of the car, but still has some understeer. Expected to be even more competitive in the race.

Pilot Free 1 Free 2 Rows L1+L2 Free 3 Vtas Q1 Q2 Q3
VET 1:33.525 (3rd) 1:33.103 (5th) 19+34 1:32.731 (3rd) 13 1:31.659 (1) 1:31.227 (3rd) 1:31.028 (4th)
RAI 1:33.817 (4th) 1:32.573 (3rd) 17+26 1:33.011 (5th) 12 1:31.674 (2nd) 1:31.406 (4th) 1:30.949 (3rd)


Valtteri Bottas

Friday: Happy with the balance of the car, but do need to improve the performance of the tyres.

Saturday: Disappointed with the result, but that’s because the car has more speed to show.

Felipe Massa

Friday: Based its programme of work to improve the treatment of the tires, as well as in to squeeze the maximum possible for each compound.

Saturday: Very surprised by the performance of the Haas, he struggled to make the new tires.

Pilot Free 1 Free 2 Rows L1+L2 Free 3 Vtas Q1 Q2 Q3
BOT 1:35.381 (10th) 1:34.028 (9th) 31+33 1:33.865 (13th) 9 1:32.383 (5th) 1:32.315 (11th)
MORE 1:36.169 (16th) 1:34.127 (11th) 23+33 1:33.271 (6th) 13 1:32.562 (10th) 1:32.380 (12th)

Red Bull

Daniel Ricciardo

Friday: His fast lap was aborted by the period of drive of a virtual security, but believes it may be ahead of Ferrari in qualifying and pace on the hard compound is very competitive.

Saturday: I Expected a lot more of the rating, lost a lot of time with his team-mate in the straight and don’t know the cause. The tires began to falter in the third sector.

Max Verstappen

Friday: Could have been faster had it not been for the safety car virtual, which made his soft tyres to lose temperature. The car is very strong and believes that has been one of the best Friday of the season.

Saturday: I Wanted to be in front of the Ferrari, but the car was not well balanced.

Pilot Free 1 Free 2 Rows L1+L2 Free 3 Vtas Q1 Q2 Q3
RIC 1:34.112 (5th) 1:34.150 (12th) 23+29 1:32.394 (2nd) 10 1:32.538 (9th) 1:31.719 (6th) 1:31.240 (6th)
SEE 1:34.379 (6th) 1:33.061 (4th) 26+29 1:32.784 (4th) 9 1:32.487 (8th) 1:31.489 (5th) 1:31.178 (5th)

Force India


Sergio Pérez

Friday: The car is highly tuned, both in terms of classification as a career.

Saturday: Ended up with the same time as Grosjean, but was classified ahead having won the time before. Very satisfied with his lap of Q3.

Nico Hülkenberg

Friday: Positive with the performance of the car, which in addition has behaved very stable.

Saturday: he Lost some tenths in the last chicane, but ended up very satisfied with the result.

Pilot Free 1 Free 2 Rows L1+L2 Free 3 Vtas Q1 Q2 Q3
PER 1:34.767 (8th) 1:33.570 (6th) 30+37 1:33.921 (14th) 11 1:32.682 (13th) 1:32.237 (10th) 1:31.961 (7th)
HUL 1:34.530 (7th) 1:33.873 (7th) 28+35 1:33.646 (10th) 11 1:32.448 (6th) 1:32.200 (9th) 1:32.142 (9th)


Kevin Magnussen

Friday: The car is driving well and was able to complete many laps.

Saturday: Lost performance compared to the third free practice session. Made a mistake in the last chicane, losing the option of moving to Q2.

Jolyon Palmer

Friday: An electrical problem prevented him from filming what was planned in the first session, but recover in the second.

Saturday: Happy by moving to Q2, but a yellow flag on his last lap cost him time. Think that might have been the twelfth or thirteenth.

Pilot Free 1 Free 2 Rows L1+L2 Free 3 Vtas Q1 Q2 Q3
MAG 1:36.822 (19th) 1:34.339 (15th) 30+36 1:33.639 (9th) 10 1:33.023 (18º)
PAL 1:37.992 (22nd) 1:34.760 (18th) 13+40 1:33.639 (8th) 13 1:32.796 (15th) 1:32.807 (16th)

Toro Rosso

Daniil Kvyat

Friday: focused especially on the work with the tires.

Saturday: Very pleased with your performance, don’t you think that would have much more where to get, both in Q1 and in Q2.

Carlos Sainz

Friday: Good feelings, like the Friday in Malaysia, but expected back positions as we move through the weekend. Very well in the first sector.

Saturday: complicated Day, missed the third free practice session due to a problem with the engine control unit and ended up off the track at Spoon on his last attempt of fastest lap in Q2.

Pilot Free 1 Free 2 Rows L1+L2 Free 3 Vtas Q1 Q2 Q3
KVY 1:35.446 (11th) 1:34.305 (14th) 23+27 1:34.037 (15th) 12 1:32.645 (12th) 1:32.623 (13th)
UPS 1:35.672 (12th) 1:34.086 (10th) 27+33 1:56.323 (22nd) 3 1:32.789 (14th) 1:32.685 (14º)



Marcus Ericsson

Friday: Tested various aerodynamic configurations in the first session. By the afternoon, could not roll with a little fuel by the yellow flags.

Saturday: The car has been more complicated to put to the point that in Malaysia and you are not satisfied with the result.

Felipe Nasr

Friday: in the afternoon focused on the balance with little fuel and different compounds of tyre.

Saturday: he could Not bring the tyres up to their ideal temperature in the second attempt of Q1.

Pilot Free 1 Free 2 Rows L1+L2 Free 3 Vtas Q1 Q2 Q3
ERI 1:36.294 (18th) 1:36.318 (22nd) 19+26 1:34.544 (18th) 13 1:33.222 (19º)
NAS 1:35.967 (15th) 1:34.824 (19th) 15+26 1:34.388 (17th) 12 1:33.332 (20º)


Fernando Alonso

Friday: Suffered a spin in the first session, which damaged the rear wing, had to change the exhaust and lost some time on track. You are not happy with the set up of the car.

Saturday: it Has been difficult to find the balance between top speed and grip in fast cornering, disappointing result.

Jenson Button

Friday: The pace of long runs is a problem, the degradation is important and believes that there is something wrong with the car.

Saturday: Happy to finish so close to your partner after having to adopt its set point after a Friday very negative. Claims that the McLaren doesn’t perform well in curves of medium and high speed, or changes of address.

Pilot Free 1 Free 2 Rows L1+L2 Free 3 Vtas Q1 Q2 Q3
ALO 1:35.003 (9th) 1:33.985 (8th) 10+37 1:33.714 (11th) 12 1:32.819 (16th) 1:32.689 (15th)
BUT 1:35.677 (13th) 1:34.938 (16th) 24+29 1:34.548 (19th) 11 1:32.851 (17º)


Pascal Wehrlein

Friday: Very happy to drive at Suzuka, the sensations are better than in Sepang and the initial set up is good.

Saturday: Penalized five positions for the replacement of gearbox. Also had a mechanical problem in the free 3.

Esteban Ocon

Friday: Happy with the car and delighted with the track, especially with the areas fast.

Saturday: Made a mistake in turn 14 and think you could have passed the Sauber.

Pilot Free 1 Free 2 Rows L1+L2 Free 3 Vtas Q1 Q2 Q3
WEH 1:37.966 (21st) 1:35.292 (20th) 24+30 1:37.256 (21st) 10 1:33.561 (22º)
OCO 1:37.797 (20th) 1:35.400 (21st) 29+37 1:35.230 (20th) 13 1:33.353 (21º)


Romain Grosjean

Friday: Still with problems with the brakes and the balance of the car should be improved a lot.

Saturday: The new front wing worked by the end and feels very relieved to have left behind the brake problems the last few races. Failed the DRS in the zone of entry to target.

Esteban Gutierrez

Friday: Did a lot of testing with a view to improve in all areas of the car. Had a breakdown on the turbo which made him finish the second session ahead of time.

Saturday: Very proud that the team has overcome the problems.

Pilot Free 1 Free 2 Rows L1+L2 Free 3 Vtas Q1 Q2 Q3
GRO 1:35.688 (14th) 1:34.241 (13th) 17+33 1:34.272 (16th) 13 1:32.458 (7th) 1:32.176 (8th) 1:31.961 (8th)
GUT 1:36.219 (17th) 1:34.643 (17th) 21+11 1:33.787 (12th) 16 1:32.620 (11th) 1:32.155 (7th) 1:32.547 (10th)

The decisions of the commissioners

  • Pascal Wehrlein is punished with five places on the grid for replacement of the gearbox before the completion of the cycle of six races.
  • Kevin Magnussen is sanctioned with a reprimand for exceeding the time reference between the two lines of Safety Car.
  • Felipe Massa is sanctioned with a reprimand for exceeding the time reference between the two lines of Safety Car.

The tyres available for the race


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