Hamilton Takes His 80th Pole As Vettel Struggles In Japan

2018 Japanese Grand Prix, Saturday - Steve Etherington
 2018 Japanese Grand Prix, Saturday - Steve Etherington

Mercedes AMG PETRONAS F1 Team’s Lewis Hamilton will start Sunday’s Japanese Grand Prix at the Suzuka circuit from pole position having set a fastest time of 01:27.760s to secure the 80th pole position of his Formula One career.

Valtteri Bottas in the second Mercedes starts the race from second just ahead of Aston Martin Red Bull Racing’s Max Verstappen.

Scuderia Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen will start the race from fourth place after the team made a mistake in Q3 as they sent both Raikkonen and Vettel out on intermediate tyres on their first runs meaning they lost time and when the rain did come their tyres were shot and they had been out on the dry tyre.

The Haas F1 Team’s Romain Grosjean starts the race from fifth place while in front of their engine manufacturers home crowd Toro Rosso put both cars in the top ten with Brendon Hartley and Pierre Gasly starting the race in sixth and seventh.

Sebastian Vettel starts the race from eighth place just ahead of both Racing Point Force India Formula One Team’s Estban Ocon and Sergio Perez.

The Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team’s Charles Leclerc starts the race from just outside the top ten in 11th place just ahead of the Haas F1 Team’s Kevin Magnussen and the Renault Sport F1 Team’s Carlos Sainz. Williams Martini Racing’s Lance Stroll made it into the second round of qualifying and starts the race from 14th place.

It was a disappointing session for Aston Martin Red Bull Racing’s Daniel Ricciardo as the Australian starts the race from 15th place following an engine issue in Q2.

The Renault Sport F1 Team’s Nico Hulkenberg starts the race from 16th place just ahead of Sergey Sirotkin in the second Williams. McLaren Renault’s Fernando Alonso and Stoffel Vandoorne start the race from 18th and 19th place respectively while Marcus Ericsson rounds out the grid in 20th place for the Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team.

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