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.

Weather.

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

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.

Q1

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.

Q2

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.

Q3

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.

Qualifying classification

Pos. Car
no.
Driver Constructor Qualifying times Final
grid
Q1 Q2 Q3
1 5 Germany Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:28.988 1:28.174 1:27.064 1
2 16 Monaco Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1:28.405 1:28.179 1:27.253 2
3 77 Finland Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:28.896 1:27.688 1:27.293 3
4 44 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:28.735 1:27.826 1:27.302 4
5 33 Netherlands Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing-Honda 1:28.754 1:28.499 1:27.851 5
6 23 Thailand Alexander Albon Red Bull Racing-Honda 1:29.351 1:28.156 1:27.851 6
7 55 Spain Carlos Sainz Jr. McLaren-Renault 1:29.018 1:28.577 1:28.304 7
8 4 United Kingdom Lando Norris McLaren-Renault 1:28.873 1:28.571 1:28.464 8
9 10 France Pierre Gasly Scuderia Toro Rosso-Honda 1:29.411 1:28.779 1:28.836 9
10 8 France Romain Grosjean Haas-Ferrari 1:29.572 1:29.144 1:29.341 10
11 99 Italy Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo Racing-Ferrari 1:29.604 1:29.254 N/A 11
12 18 Canada Lance Stroll Racing Point-BWT Mercedes 1:29.594 1:29.345 N/A 12
13 7 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Alfa Romeo Racing-Ferrari 1:29.636 1:29.358 N/A 13
14 26 Russia Daniil Kvyat Scuderia Toro Rosso-Honda 1:29.723 1:29.563 N/A 14
15 27 Germany Nico Hülkenberg Renault 1:29.619 1:30.112 N/A 15
16 3 Australia Daniel Ricciardo Renault 1:29.822 N/A N/A 16
17 11 Mexico Sergio Pérez Racing Point-BWT Mercedes 1:30.344 N/A N/A 17
18 63 United Kingdom George Russell Williams-Mercedes 1:30.364 N/A N/A 18
107% time: 1:34.593
DNQ 20 Denmark Kevin Magnussen Haas-Ferrari No time N/A N/A 19
DNQ 88 Poland Robert Kubica Williams-Mercedes No time N/A N/A PL

Notes

  • ^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.

Race

Race classification

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 77 Finland Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 52 1:21:46.755 3 25
2 5 Germany Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 52 +13.343 1 18
3 44 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 52 +13.858 4 16
4 23 Thailand Alexander Albon Red Bull Racing-Honda 52 +59.537 6 12
5 55 Spain Carlos Sainz Jr. McLaren-Renault 52 +1:09.101 7 10
6 3 Australia Daniel Ricciardo Renault 51 +1 lap 16 8
7 16 Monaco Charles Leclerc Ferrari 51 +1 lap 2 6
8 10 France Pierre Gasly Scuderia Toro Rosso-Honda 51 +1 lap 9 4
9 11 Mexico Sergio Pérez Racing Point-BWT Mercedes 51 +1 lap 17 2
10 27 Germany Nico Hülkenberg Renault 51 +1 lap 15 1
11 18 Canada Lance Stroll Racing Point-BWT Mercedes 51 +1 lap 12
12 26 Russia Daniil Kvyat Scuderia Toro Rosso-Honda 51 +1 lap 14
13 4 United Kingdom Lando Norris McLaren-Renault 51 +1 lap 8
14 7 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Alfa Romeo Racing-Ferrari 51 +1 lap 13
15 8 France Romain Grosjean Haas-Ferrari 51 +1 lap 10
16 99 Italy Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo Racing-Ferrari 51 +1 lap 11
17 20 Denmark Kevin Magnussen Haas-Ferrari 51 +1 lap 19
18 63 United Kingdom George Russell Williams-Mercedes 50 +2 laps 18
19 88 Poland Robert Kubica Williams-Mercedes 50 +2 laps PL
Ret 33 Netherlands Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing-Honda 14 Collision damage 5
Fastest lap: United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) – 1:30.983 (lap 45)

Notes

  • ^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

Pos. Driver Points
1rightarrow blue.svg 1 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton 338
1rightarrow blue.svg 2 Finland Valtteri Bottas 274
1rightarrow blue.svg 3 Monaco Charles Leclerc 221
1rightarrow blue.svg 4 Netherlands Max Verstappen 212
1rightarrow blue.svg 5 Germany Sebastian Vettel 212

Constructors’ Championship standings

Pos. Constructor Points
1rightarrow blue.svg 1 Germany Mercedes 612
1rightarrow blue.svg 2 Italy Ferrari 433
1rightarrow blue.svg 3 Austria Red Bull Racing-Honda 323
1rightarrow blue.svg 4 United Kingdom McLaren-Renault 111
1rightarrow blue.svg 5 France Renault 77

 

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