2018 Japanese Grand Prix

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2018 Japanese Grand Prix
Race 17 of 21 in the 2018 Formula One World Championship
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Layout of the Suzuka International Racing Course
Layout of the Suzuka International Racing Course
Race details[1]
Date 7 October 2018 (2018-10-07)
Official name Formula 1 2018 Honda Japanese Grand Prix
Location Suzuka International Racing Course, Suzuka, Mie Prefecture, Japan
Course Permanent racing facility
Course length 5.807 km (3.608 mi)
Distance 53 laps, 307.471 km (191.053 mi)
Pole position
Driver Mercedes
Time 1:27.760
Fastest lap
Driver Germany Sebastian Vettel Ferrari
Time 1:32.318 on lap 53
Podium
First Mercedes
Second Mercedes
Third Red Bull Racing-TAG Heuer

The 2018 Japanese Grand Prix (formally known as the Formula 1 2018 Honda Japanese Grand Prix) was a Formula One racing event held on 7 October 2018 at the Suzuka International Racing Course in Suzuka in the Mie Prefecture, Japan. The race was the seventeenth round of the 2018 Formula One World Championship and marked the forty-third running of the Japanese Grand Prix. The 2018 event was the thirty-third time that the race had been run as a World Championship event since the inaugural season in 1950, and the twenty-ninth time that it had been held at Suzuka.

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton entered the round with a fifty point lead over Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel in the World Drivers' Championship. Hamilton's team-mate Valtteri Bottas sat third, a further 67 points behind. In the World Constructors' Championship, Mercedes held a lead of fifty-three points over Ferrari, with Red Bull Racing a further one hundred and fifty points behind in third place.

Classification[edit]

Qualifying[edit]

Pos. Car
no.
Driver Constructor Qualifying times Final
grid
Q1 Q2 Q3
1 44 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:28.702 1:28.017 1:27.760 1
2 77 Finland Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:29.297 1:27.987 1:28.059 2
3 33 Netherlands Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing-TAG Heuer 1:29.480 1:28.849 1:29.057 3
4 7 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 1:29.631 1:28.595 1:29.521 4
5 8 France Romain Grosjean Haas-Ferrari 1:29.724 1:29.678 1:29.761 5
6 28 New Zealand Brendon Hartley Scuderia Toro Rosso-Honda 1:30.248 1:29.848 1:30.023 6
7 10 France Pierre Gasly Scuderia Toro Rosso-Honda 1:30.137 1:29.810 1:30.093 7
8 31 France Esteban Ocon Force India-Mercedes 1:29.899 1:29.538 1:30.126 111
9 5 Germany Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:29.049 1:28.279 1:32.192 8
10 11 Mexico Sergio Pérez Force India-Mercedes 1:30.247 1:29.567 1:37.229 9
11 16 Monaco Charles Leclerc Sauber-Ferrari 1:29.706 1:29.864 10
12 20 Denmark Kevin Magnussen Haas-Ferrari 1:30.219 1:30.226 12
13 55 Spain Carlos Sainz Jr. Renault 1:30.236 1:30.490 13
14 18 Canada Lance Stroll Williams-Mercedes 1:30.317 1:30.714 14
15 3 Australia Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Racing-TAG Heuer 1:29.806 no time 15
16 27 Germany Nico Hülkenberg Renault 1:30.361 16
17 35 Russia Sergey Sirotkin Williams-Mercedes 1:30.372 17
18 14 Spain Fernando Alonso McLaren-Renault 1:30.573 18
19 2 Belgium Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren-Renault 1:31.041 19
20 9 Sweden Marcus Ericsson Sauber-Ferrari 1:31.213 202
107% time: 1:34.911
Source:[2]
Notes
  • ^1Esteban Ocon received a three-place grid penalty for failing to slow sufficiently during a red flag period in FP3.
  • ^2Marcus Ericsson received a 15-place grid penalty: 10 places for change his power unit and 5 places for an unscheduled gearbox change.

Race[edit]

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 44 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 53 1:27:17.062 1 25
2 77 Finland Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 53 +12.919 2 18
3 33 Netherlands Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing-TAG Heuer 53 +14.295 3 15
4 3 Australia Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Racing-TAG Heuer 53 +19.495 15 12
5 7 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 53 +50.998 4 10
6 5 Germany Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 53 +1:09.873 8 8
7 11 Mexico Sergio Pérez Force India-Mercedes 53 +1:19.379 9 6
8 8 France Romain Grosjean Haas-Ferrari 53 +1:27.198 5 4
9 31 France Esteban Ocon Force India-Mercedes 53 +1:28.055 11 2
10 55 Spain Carlos Sainz Jr. Renault 52 +1 lap 13 1
11 10 France Pierre Gasly Scuderia Toro Rosso-Honda 52 +1 lap 7
12 9 Sweden Marcus Ericsson Sauber-Ferrari 52 +1 lap 20
13 28 New Zealand Brendon Hartley Scuderia Toro Rosso-Honda 52 +1 lap 6
14 14 Spain Fernando Alonso McLaren-Renault 52 +1 lap 18
15 2 Belgium Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren-Renault 52 +1 lap 19
16 35 Russia Sergey Sirotkin Williams-Mercedes 52 +1 lap 17
17 18 Canada Lance Stroll Williams-Mercedes 52 +1 lap 14
Ret 16 Monaco Charles Leclerc Sauber-Ferrari 38 Mechanical 10
Ret 27 Germany Nico Hülkenberg Renault 37 Engine 16
Ret 20 Denmark Kevin Magnussen Haas-Ferrari 8 Collision damage 12
Source:[3]

Championship standings after the race[edit]

  • Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Japan". formula1.com. Retrieved 30 September 2018.
  2. ^ "Formula 1 2018 Honda Japanese Grand Prix – Qualifying". Formula1.com. Formula One World Championship Limited. 6 October 2018. Retrieved 6 October 2018.
  3. ^ "Formula 1 2018 Honda Japanese Grand Prix – Race Result". Formula1.com. Formula One World Championship Limited. 7 October 2018. Retrieved 7 October 2018.


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