2019 F1 Japanese Grand Prix race results


Race results for the 2019 Formula 1 Japanese Grand Prix. Contains full classification. Full race report will follow

Photo: Motorsport Images

Valtteri Bottas took the lead of the Japanese Grand Prix from the start, holding on to win the race and the 2019 Constructors’ Championship for Mercedes.

Ferrari had looked on course to sweep to victory in Suzuka after securing a front-row lockout in Sunday morning’s typhoon-delayed qualifying session.

But the team’s domination evaporated before the lights even went out, when Sebastian Vettel rolled forward from his pole position grid spot during the race start sequence. He stopped himself, avoiding a penalty for a false start, but the error compromised his getaway, and Valtteri Bottas stormed through into the lead.

Worse was to come for Ferrari, just seconds later, in Turns One and Two, when Charles Leclerc touched Max Verstappen, who was alongside on the outside, fighting for third place. Verstappen span and recovered at the back of the field while Leclerc continued with a damaged front wing, spraying debris across the track.

Leclerc joined the Red Bull at the back a few laps later, after pitting to recover the damage, and fought back to finish in sixth place, but was later hit with a 15-second penalty for the collision and for staying out with a damaged car, dropping him to seventh; Verstappen retired.

Don’t miss the full race report from Mark Hughes: sign up to the F1 newsletter

At the front, Bottas stretched out a lead from second-placed Vettel, with Lewis Hamilton stuck behind the Ferrari in third.

This continued after the first round of pitstops, where an aggrieved Hamilton was left 20 seconds adrift of the lead.

A late second stop pitted Hamilton on fresh soft tyres against Vettel on older mediums, as they carved through backmarkers. The duel was tight, but Vettel clung on for second place.

Crucially, Hamilton set the fastest lap of the race, earning the additional point that secured the constructors’ title for Mercedes.

Behind them, Alex Albon was fourth and Carlos Sainz fifth. Daniel Ricciardo recovered from starting 16th after a disappointing qualifying session to finish seventh, and was then promoted to sixth after Leclerc’s penalty.

Read the full story in Mark Hughes’ race report, coming later.

The full race results are below.



2019 Japanese Grand Prix provisional results

Position Driver Team Time Points
1 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1hr 21min 46.755sec 25
2 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari +13.343sec 18
3 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes +13.858sec 16*
4 Alex Albon Red Bull +59.537sec 12
5 Carlos Sainz McLaren +1min 9.101sec 10
6 Daniel Ricciardo Renault +1 lap 8
7 Charles Leclerc Ferrari +1 lap** 6
8 Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso +1 lap 4
9 Sergio Perez Racing Point +1 lap 2
10 Nico Hülkenberg Renault +1 lap 1
11 Lance Stroll Racing Point  +1 lap  
12 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso +1 lap  
13 Lando Norris McLaren +1 lap  
14 Kimi Räikkönen Alfa Romeo +1 lap  
15 Romain Grosjean Haas +1 lap  
16 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo +1 lap  
17 Kevin Magnussen Haas +1 lap  
18 George Russell Williams +2 laps  
19 Robert Kubica Renault +2 laps  
20 Max Verstappen Haas DNF  

*Fastest lap
** Includes 15sec penalty


F1 Drivers’ Championship after Race 17 (Japan)

Position Driver Team Points
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 338
2 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 274
3 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 223
4 Max Verstappen Red Bull 212
5 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 212
6 Carlos Sainz McLaren 76
7 Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso 73
8 Alexander Albon Red Bull 64
9 Daniel Ricciardo Renault 40
10 Nico Hülkenberg Renault 35
11 Sergio Perez Racing Point 35
12 Lando Norris McLaren 35
13 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso 33
14 Kimi Räikkönen Alfa Romeo 31
15 Kevin Magnussen Haas 20
16 Lance Stroll Racing Point 19
17 Romain Grosjean Haas 8
18 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo 4
19 Robert Kubica Williams 1
20 George Russell Williams 0


F1 Constructors’ Championship after Race 16 (Japan)

Position Team Points
1 Mercedes 612
2 Ferrari 435
3 Red Bull 323
4 McLaren 111
5 Renault 76
6 Toro Rosso 59
7 Racing Point 53
8 Alfa Romeo 35
9 Haas 28
10 Williams 1

You may also like