Japanese Grand Prix - Seb 2nd, Charles fights back to 6th

13 Oct 2019

Scuderia Ferrari Mission Winnow came away from the Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka circuit with a second place courtesy of Sebastian Vettel and a sixth for Charles Leclerc, who had to fight his way from last place after a first lap collision with Max Verstappen.

The race. Life got complicated for both drivers right from the start: Sebastian had a moment’s hesitation as the lights went out and was passed by Valtteri Bottas, while Charles got a slow start because of wheelspin. Bottas led the field into turn 1, followed by Vettel, Leclerc and Verstappen. In the middle of the corner, the Ferrari and Red Bull collidied and Charles had to pit for a new nose, rejoining last.

Fighters. Vettel was unable to do anything about Bottas who went on to win the race, but in the closing stages, the German brilliantly held off a hard-charging Lewis Hamilton to finish second. Charles worked his way up to sixth at the flag, which was the most he could have done, given the time lost at the start. The next round takes places in Mexico in a fortnight.

Pos

Driver

Car

Laps

Time/Retired

1

Valtteri
Bottas

Mercedes

53

1:23:21.510

2

Sebastian
Vettel

Ferrari

53

+11.376s

3

Lewis
Hamilton

Mercedes

53

+11.786s

4

Alexander
Albon

Red Bull Racing Honda

53

+61.152s

5

Carlos
Sainz

McLaren Renault

53

+69.081s

6

Charles
Leclerc

Ferrari

52

+1 lap

7

Daniel
Ricciardo

Renault

52

+1 lap

8

Pierre
Gasly

Scuderia Toro Rosso Honda

52

+1 lap

9

Nico
Hulkenberg

Renault

52

+1 lap

10

Lance
Stroll

Racing Point BWT Mercedes

52

+1 lap

11

Daniil
Kvyat

Scuderia Toro Rosso Honda

52

+1 lap

12

Lando
Norris

McLaren Renault

52

+1 lap

13

Kimi
Räikkönen

Alfa Romeo Racing Ferrari

52

+1 lap

14

Romain
Grosjean

Haas Ferrari

52

+1 lap

15

Antonio
Giovinazzi

Alfa Romeo Racing Ferrari

52

+1 lap

16

Kevin
Magnussen

Haas Ferrari

52

+1 lap

17

Sergio
Perez

Racing Point BWT Mercedes

51

DNF

18

George
Russell

Williams Mercedes

51

+2 laps

19

Robert
Kubica

Williams Mercedes

51

+2 laps

NC

Max
Verstappen

Red Bull Racing Honda

14

DNF

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