Felipe Massa

Japanese GP – Looking at the figures

Suzuka, 11 October – Just four days on from the Korean Grand Prix, the Formula 1 World Championship is back on track at the Japanese Suzuka circuit, for the fifteenth round of the season. First at the end of the opening free practice session was Lewis Hamilton with a 1.34.157 in the Mercedes, followed by his team-mate Nico Rosberg (1.34.487) and the Red Bull of Sebastian Vettel (1.34.768.) Only 28 thousandths of a second separated the two Ferraris of Felipe Massa and Fernando Alonso, fifth and sixth respectively in 1.35.126 and 1.35.154. The Brazilian driver worked on an evaluation of different aerodynamic configurations, while his team-mate concentrated on set-up work. Both men ran just one set of the Hard tyres, brought here by Pirelli along with the Medium.

Pos No Driver Team Time/Retired Gap Laps
1 10 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:34.157 19
2 9 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:34.487 0.330 19
3 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:34.768 0.611 24
4 2 Mark Webber Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:34.787 0.630 20
5 4 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:35.126 0.969 14
6 3 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:35.154 0.997 16
7 8 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1:35.179 1.022 15
8 7 Kimi Räikkönen Lotus-Renault 1:35.364 1.207 17
9 6 Sergio Perez McLaren-Mercedes 1:35.450 1.293 27
10 19 Daniel Ricciardo STR-Ferrari 1:35.635 1.478 19
11 5 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:35.868 1.711 22
12 11 Nico Hulkenberg Sauber-Ferrari 1:35.900 1.743 18
13 18 Jean-Eric Vergne STR-Ferrari 1:36.066 1.909 20
14 15 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1:36.165 2.008 19
15 16 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1:36.178 2.021 12
16 17 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Renault 1:36.340 2.183 23
17 14 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1:36.399 2.242 18
18 12 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1:36.760 2.603 22
19 20 Heikki Kovalainen Caterham-Renault 1:37.595 3.438 22
20 22 Jules Bianchi Marussia-Cosworth 1:37.629 3.472 8
21 21 Giedo van der Garde Caterham-Renault 1:38.025 3.868 15
22 23 Max Chilton Marussia-Cosworth 1:38.763 4.606 18
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