Lewis Hamilton clinches pole position for the United States Grand Prix.
Where the front row has gone on to win on every occasion Formula One has raced at the Circuit of The Americas, Sebastian Vettel pulled a rabbit out of the hat to line up alongside his championship-rival after Lewis Hamilton stormed to pole position.
Lewis Hamilton topped the mixed conditions start to the US Grand Prix weekend.
Changing conditions welcomed Formula One to Austin, Texas as the teams trialled fresh Pirelli intermediates on a drying COTA track. Initially topped by Valtteri Bottas, but later Lewis Hamilton as Mercedes took the initial benchmark.
Valtteri Bottas tops the final practice session for the Japanese Grand Prix.
Valtteri Bottas posts the fastest lap around Suzuka in the final practice session, despite a crash that later ruled the Finn out after twenty minutes. Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen then took the restart and crashed himself at Degner 2 to rule both Finn’s out of the session, while the Scuderia lacked the pace to match the race-focused Mercedes.
Second free practice at the Japanese Grand Prix topped by Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton.
Forty-five minutes of delay were met with eventual running as five drivers posted a timed lap at Suzuka, and a further nine carrying out exploratory runs. With Lewis Hamilton fastest of those by eight-tenths of a second to Force India’s Esteban Ocon – the first driver to test the standing water resting at the first and final corners.
Sebastian Vettel tops first free practice for the Japanese Grand Prix.
The beauty of the 2017 aero regulations came out on top in opening practice for the Japanese Grand Prix. Highlighting the planted nature the high downforce gives, only teasing what qualifying will show tomorrow through the swooping esses. With Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel topping the opening timesheet from title-rival Lewis Hamilton, as Carlos Sainz brings out the red flags for after crashing at the hairpin.
Preview round 16 of the FIA Formula One World Championship, the Japanese Grand Prix.
Sebastian Vettel is clear to race Lewis Hamilton at the Japanese Grand Prix after Ferrari cleared his Malaysia Grand Prix gearbox of any damage from the post-race shunt with Lance Stroll that cost the Prancing Horse a wheel. Meaning no grid-penalties are guaranteed for the title-chasing German, as he looks to begin a sizeable turnaround at the only figure of eight circuit on the F1 calendar.