2019 Japanese Grand Prix
The 2019 Japanese Grand Prix (formally known as the Formula 1 Japanese Grand Prix 2019) was a Formula One racing event held on 13 October 2019 at the Suzuka International Racing Course in Suzuka in the Mie Prefecture, Japan. The race was the seventeenth round of the 2019 Formula One World Championship and marked the 45th running of the Japanese Grand Prix. The 2019 event was the 35th time that the race had been run as a World Championship event since the inaugural season in 1950, and the 31st time that it had been held at Suzuka.
Due to the weather forecasts relating to Typhoon Hagibis, all the events planned for Saturday were cancelled. This included the Free Practice 3 session and qualifying, the latter of which was rescheduled for Sunday morning, a few hours before the race is due to start.
Championship standings before the race.
Heading into the seventeenth round of the championship, Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton leads the overall drivers championship with 322 points, seventy three ahead of teammate Valtteri Bottas. Third in the driver’s championship is Ferrari’s driver Charles Leclerc on 215 points with Max Verstappen from Red Bull Racing and Leclerc’s teammate Sebastian Vettel in fourth and fifth place respectively. In the constructor’s championship, Mercedes holds a 162 point lead over second place Ferrari with Red Bull Racing in third place. McLaren and Renault complete the top five.
Qualifying began on Sunday morning at 10:00am JST (UTC+9:00), just over 4 hours before the race was due to start. The skies were clear after Typhoon Hagibis had passed the previous day, however there were still moderately heavy winds affecting the circuit.
Two minutes into the session, Robert Kubica hit the outside wall at the exit of turn 18 after running wide onto the grass, destroying the car’s front wing and left-hand wheels, and causing significant damage to the survival cell. Kubica was uninjured, and the session was red-flagged whilst his car was recovered and debris was cleared from the track. Four minutes after the session restarted, Kevin Magnussen spun at the same corner, causing him to reverse into the outside wall, damaging his gearbox, front and rear wings. The red flags came out again, however Magnussen was able to continue driving, completing a lap and entering the pits. Neither Kubica nor Magnussen were able to set a qualifying time, however Williams and Haas were able to repair their respective cars before the beginning of the race, with Kubica starting from the pit lane after his survival cell was replaced. Charles Leclerc set the fastest time of Q1, whilst Daniel Ricciardo, Sergio Pérez and George Russell were eliminated alongside Kubica and Magnussen.
After setting the 15th-fastest time, Nico Hülkenberg’s car suffered a hydraulic pressure loss on his second out-lap, causing him to be stuck in gear. Hülkenberg slowly returned to the pits and his car was retired from the session. Valtteri Bottas set the fastest time of Q2, with Antonio Giovinazzi, Lance Stroll, Kimi Räikkönen, Daniil Kvyat being eliminated alongside Hülkenberg.
Sebastian Vettel took pole position, ahead of Leclerc and Bottas. This was Vettel’s first pole position since the Canadian Grand Prix, and the fifth consecutive pole position that season for Ferrari. The team took their 64th front-row lockout, equalling Mercedes’ record.
- ^1 – Max Verstappen and Alexander Albon set identical times in Q3; Verstappen started ahead of Albon as his time was set first.
- ^2 – Kevin Magnussen and Robert Kubica both failed to set a Q1 time within the 107% requirement. They were allowed to race at the stewards discretion. Kubica also started the race from the pit lane for changing his survival cell.
- ^1 – The race was scheduled to run 53 laps, but the results were taken on lap 52 due to the chequered flag signal being mistakenly sent one lap too early. As a result, Sergio Pérez retained his 9th place, despite crashing out of the race during the final lap.
- ^2 – Includes one point for fastest lap.
- ^3 – Daniel Ricciardo and Nico Hülkenberg finals result are provisional subject to the outcome of a protest initiated by Racing Point.
- ^4 – Charles Leclerc originally finished 6th, but received two time penalties: five seconds for causing a collision with Max Verstappen and ten seconds for driving in an unsafe condition after the collision.
Championship standings after the race.
Those in bold still have a mathematical chance of being World Champion.
Drivers’ Championship standings
Constructors’ Championship standings
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