2016 Japanese Grand Prix

Emirates Japanese Grand Prix

Sunday 9th October 2016
Round:
17
Weather:
Warm, dry and overcast
Laps:
53
Fastest Lap:
Vettel, 1m35.118
Country:
Japan
Location:
Suzuka, Mie Prefecture
2016 season:
Report

Mark Hughes on Nico Rosberg's controlled win, and team-mate Lewis Hamilton's continued woes =

Mercedes-Benz left Suzuka as world champion constructors. Its race-winning driver Nico Rosberg left there walking on the air cushion of a 33-point lead with four races left. The team’s other driver, Lewis Hamilton – a busy third after blowing his start from the front row and completing the first lap eighth – left still beneath the cloud that had covered him since that anguished cry in Malaysia. He was out of sorts all weekend, creating bother for himself with his antics in the various media sessions, made a great recovery in qualifying from a difficult start by almost snatching pole, then dumped the clutch on Sunday in a way that made the car shudder and allowed past six other cars almost immediately.

That of course made Rosberg’s task vastly simpler. He was helped further by the fact that it was Max Verstappen’s Red Bull in his mirrors rather a Ferrari, for the red cars were faster than the blues this weekend courtesy of a very effective aero upgrade, but both had started from penalised grid positions behind the Red Bulls despite qualifying ahead.

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Results

PositionDriverTimePoints
1Nico Rosberg
1h 26m 43.330s
25
2 ↑ 1Max Verstappen
1h 26m 48.310s
+4.980s
18
3 ↓ 1Lewis Hamilton
1h 26m 49.110s
+5.780s
15
4 ↑ 2Sebastian Vettel
1h 27m 3.600s
+20.270s
12
5 ↑ 3Kimi Raikkonen
1h 27m 11.700s
+28.370s
10
6 ↓ 2Daniel Ricciardo
1h 27m 17.270s
+33.940s
8
7 ↓ 2Sergio Perez
1h 27m 40.830s
+57.500s
6
8 ↑ 1Nico Hulkenberg
1h 27m 42.510s
+59.180s
4
9 ↑ 3Felipe Massa
1h 28m 21.100s
+1m 37.770s
2
10 ↑ 1Valtteri Bottas
1h 28m 21.660s
+1m 38.330s
1
11 ↓ 4Romain Grosjean
1h 28m 22.590s
+1m 39.260s
0
12 ↑ 4Jolyon Palmer
0
13Daniil Kvyat
0
14 ↑ 3Kevin Magnussen
0
15 ↑ 3Marcus Ericsson
0
16 ↓ 1Fernando Alonso
0
17 ↓ 3Carlos Sainz jr
0
18 ↑ 4Jenson Button
0
19Felipe Nasr
0
20 ↓ 10Esteban Gutierrez
0
21 ↓ 1Esteban Ocon
0
22 ↓ 1Pascal Wehrlein
0

Circuit

Country:
Japan
Location:
Suzuka, Mie Prefecture
Length:
3.6080 (miles)
Type:
Permanent road course
Record:
Mark Webber (Red Bull RB5-Renault), 1m32.569, 140.315 mph, F1, 2009

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