Rosberg on pole for Japanese Grand Prix

Nico Rosberg took his second pole position of the year in a stunted qualifying session on Saturday. The Q3 crash of Red Bull’s Daniil Kvyat brought out a red flag late in the session spoiling any final attempt for pole from the rest of the field. A single reminder of why that first banker lap is so important in Formula 1.

The Mercedes dip in performance in Singapore seemed to right itself at Suzuka with Nico and teammate Lewis Hamilton just .076s behind. They were followed by a resurgent Williams F1 effort from Valtteri Bottas.

Perhaps the weekend was a little more frustrating for Ferrari who seemed to struggle only managing 4th place on the grid for Sunday’s race.

Both Red Bull’s looked very competitive all weekend long until the Q2 session when Ferrari finally pulled ahead of their pace. It wasn’t until Q2 that we saw the real pace of the Ferrari cars.

1Nico RosbergMercedes1m32.584s
2Lewis HamiltonMercedes1m32.660s0.076s
3Valtteri BottasWilliams/Mercedes1m33.024s0.440s
4Sebastian VettelFerrari1m33.245s0.661s
5Felipe MassaWilliams/Mercedes1m33.337s0.753s
6Kimi RaikkonenFerrari1m33.347s0.763s
7Daniel RicciardoRed Bull/Renault1m33.497s0.913s
8Romain GrosjeanLotus/Mercedes1m33.967s1.383s
9Sergio PerezForce India/Mercedes
10Daniil KvyatRed Bull/Renault
11Carlos SainzToro Rosso/Renault1m34.453s1.869s
12Pastor MaldonadoLotus/Mercedes1m34.497s1.913s
13Fernando AlonsoMcLaren/Honda1m34.785s2.201s
14Nico HulkenbergForce India/Mercedes1m34.390s1.806s
15Jenson ButtonMcLaren/Honda1m35.664s3.080s
16Marcus EricssonSauber/Ferrari1m35.673s3.089s
17Felipe NasrSauber/Ferrari1m35.760s3.176s
18Max VerstappenToro Rosso/Renault
19Will StevensMarussia/Ferrari1m38.783s6.199s
20Alexander RossiMarussia/Ferrari1m47.114s14.530s
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Has the Hamilton steamroller finally petered out??????
While I’m hoping so, probably not, but there may at least be a race. And I won’t get to see it because I’m on holiday in Aussie with no Sky -Arrrrrrrrgh!


It is on foxsports in oz :)


Thanks Ty, the place we have rented doesn’t have Fox, but I did get to see the highlights on an ABC channel.