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The 2010 Japanese Grand Prix, formally known as the 2010 Formula 1 Japanese Grand Prix (alternately 2010 F1日本グランプリ or the 2010 F1 nipponguranpuri in Japanese) was the sixteenth race of the 2010 FIA Formula One World Championship, staged at the Suzuka Circuit in Mie Prefecture, Japan, on 10 October 2010.[1][2] The race would see Sebastian Vettel claim victory to enhance his bid for the Championship, as weather compacted the race weekend.[2]

Indeed, a huge storm on Saturday would see qualifying postponed until Sunday (ie raceday) morning, the first time that this had happened since the 2004 Japanese Grand Prix.[2] The otherwise unchanged but partially damp session would see Vettel beat teammate Mark Webber to pole position, while Lewis Hamilton initially claimed third before serving a five place grid penalty.[2]

Four hours later the field assembled on the grid for the start, minus Lucas di Grassi who had crashed heavily on his way out of the pits and would hence be unable to start.[2] Conditions were otherwise good and there was little to no chance of rain, with the entire top ten starting on the softer Bridgestone compounds.[2]

The start itself would see Vettel sprint away to secure the lead, while the factory Renault of Robert Kubica pulled past Webber to secure second.[2] The sister Renault of Vitaly Petrov also aced its getaway and vaulted past two entire rows, before getting caught out by a slow starting Williams-Cosworth of Nico Hülkenberg.[2]

Indeed, having jinked to avoid another car, Petrov would clip the accelerating Williams, resulting in the Renault getting spun across the circuit and into the outside wall.[2] Felipe Massa, meanwhile, would drop towards the back having had to avoid the collision ahead, before collecting Vitantonio Liuzzi at the first corner and sending both himself and the Force India-Mercedes into the gravel.[2]

Four broken cars on the circuit ensured that the Safety Car was required to clear the circuit, with Vettel suddenly appearing with a huge gap behind him.[2] Indeed, Kubica had suffered a wheel failure and stopped at the hairpin midway through the first lap, and hence meant that all five of the title pretenders would restart nose-to-tail.[2]

At the restart Vettel would keep teammate Webber at bay to secure the lead, while Fernando Alonso fended off the attentions of both of the McLaren-Mercedes for third.[2] Indeed, the two Red Bull-Renaults would scamper clear in the early laps after the restart, while Alonso, Button and Hamilton exchanged blows through to the first round of stops.[2]

The stops would see status quo at the head of the field, although Alonso would escape from the two McLarens and get closer to the Red Bulls.[2] Hamilton tried to go with him but lost third gear, hampering his pace, while Jenson Button was the last to stop and dropped to the back of the quintet, although he would quickly catch and pass the wounded Hamilton.[2]

Elsewhere, Kamui Kobayashi made a succession of pounces to pass five drivers at the hairpin, and drew the ire of Jaime Alguersuari who hit the side of the BMW Sauber-Ferrari trying a late move to block.[2] Adrian Sutil, meanwhile, would suffer an engine failure and dump oil at 130R, while Nico Rosberg pulled off at the Esses after a rear wheel came loose.[2]

With that the race was run, with Vettel able to just keep Webber at bay to the chequered flag to claim victory, and a one-two for Red Bull.[2] Alonso completed the podium having repulsed Button late on, while Hamilton was a distant fifth ahead of Michael Schumacher.[2] A bruised Kobayashi was next ahead of teammate Nick Heidfeld, while Rubens Barrichello and Sébastien Buemi secured the remaining points.[2]

BackgroundEdit

Mark Webber had retained his lead in the Championship as a result of the Singapore Grand Prix, and would become the first driver to surpass 200 points in a single season courtesy of the new-for-2010 points system. His closest challenger appeared in the form of Fernando Alonso, eleven behind, while Lewis Hamilton was a further nine behind after slipping to third. Sebastian Vettel was next, a point behind the Brit, while Jenson Button was a further four behind in fifth.

In the Constructors Championship Red Bull-Renault had moved onto 383 points after a strong result, extending their lead to 24 points with four rounds to go. McLaren-Mercedes were their closest challengers, leaving Singapore on 359 points, while Ferrari had once again closed in, leaving on 319 points. Behind, Mercedes were out of the fight in fourth, and were hence in a fight for fourth with Renault for the rest of the season.

Entry ListEdit

The full entry list for the 2010 Japanese Grand Prix is shown below:

No. Driver Entrant Constructor Chassis Engine Model Tyre
1 United Kingdom Jenson Button United Kingdom Vodafone McLaren Mercedes McLaren MP4-25 Mercedes FO 108X 2.4 V8 B
2 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton United Kingdom Vodafone McLaren Mercedes McLaren MP4-25 Mercedes FO 108X 2.4 V8 B
3 Germany Michael Schumacher Germany Mercedes GP Petronas F1 Team Mercedes MGP W01 Mercedes FO 108X 2.4 V8 B
4 Germany Nico Rosberg Germany Mercedes GP Petronas F1 Team Mercedes MGP W01 Mercedes FO 108X 2.4 V8 B
5 Germany Sebastian Vettel Austria Red Bull Racing Red Bull RB6 Renault RS27-2010 2.4 V8 B
6 Australia Mark Webber Austria Red Bull Racing Red Bull RB6 Renault RS27-2010 2.4 V8 B
7 Brazil Felipe Massa Italy Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro Ferrari F10 Ferrari 056 2010 2.4 V8 B
8 Spain Fernando Alonso Italy Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro Ferrari F10 Ferrari 056 2010 2.4 V8 B
9 Brazil Rubens Barrichello United Kingdom AT&T Williams Williams FW32 Cosworth CA2010 2.4 V8 B
10 Germany Nico Hülkenberg United Kingdom AT&T Williams Williams FW32 Cosworth CA2010 2.4 V8 B
11 Poland Robert Kubica France Renault F1 Team Renault R30 Renault RS27-2010 2.4 V8 B
12 Russia Vitaly Petrov France Renault F1 Team Renault R30 Renault RS27-2010 2.4 V8 B
14 Germany Adrian Sutil India Force India F1 Team Force India VJM03 Mercedes FO 108X 2.4 V8 B
15 Italy Vitantonio Liuzzi India Force India F1 Team Force India VJM03 Mercedes FO 108X 2.4 V8 B
16 Switzerland Sébastien Buemi Italy Scuderia Toro Rosso Toro Rosso STR5 Ferrari 056 2010 2.4 V8 B
17 Spain Jaime Alguersuari Italy Scuderia Toro Rosso Toro Rosso STR5 Ferrari 056 2010 2.4 V8 B
18 Italy Jarno Trulli Malaysia Lotus Racing Lotus T127 Cosworth CA2010 2.4 V8 B
19 Finland Heikki Kovalainen Malaysia Lotus Racing Lotus T127 Cosworth CA2010 2.4 V8 B
20 Japan Sakon Yamamoto Spain Hispania Racing F1 Team HRT F110 Cosworth CA2010 2.4 V8 B
21 Brazil Bruno Senna Spain Hispania Racing F1 Team HRT F110 Cosworth CA2010 2.4 V8 B
22 Germany Nick Heidfeld Switzerland BMW Sauber F1 Team BMW Sauber C29 Ferrari 056 2010 2.4 V8 B
23 Japan Kamui Kobayashi Switzerland BMW Sauber F1 Team BMW Sauber C29 Ferrari 056 2010 2.4 V8 B
24 Germany Timo Glock United Kingdom Virgin Racing Virgin VR-01 Cosworth CA2010 2.4 V8 B
25 Brazil Lucas di Grassi United Kingdom Virgin Racing Virgin VR-01 Cosworth CA2010 2.4 V8 B
Test Drivers for Practice Sessions Only
25 Belgium Jérôme d'Ambrosio United Kingdom Virgin Racing Virgin VR-01 Cosworth CA2010 2.4 V8 B
Source:[3]

Practice OverviewEdit

QualifyingEdit

Q1Edit

Q2Edit

Q3Edit

Qualifying ResultsEdit

The full qualifying results for the 2010 Japanese Grand Prix are outlined below:

Pos. No. Driver Team Q1 Q2 Q3 Grid
Pos. Time Pos. Time Pos. Time
1 5 Germany Sebastian Vettel Austria Red Bull-Renault 1 1:32.035 1 1:31.184 1 1:30.785 1
2 6 Australia Mark Webber Austria Red Bull-Renault 5 1:32.476 2 1:31.241 2 1:30.853 2
3* 2 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 12 1:32.809 3 1:31.523 3 1:31.169 8*
4 11 Poland Robert Kubica France Renault 11 1:32.808 9 1:32.042 4 1:31.231 4
5 8 Spain Fernando Alonso Italy Ferrari 7 1:32.555 5 1:31.819 5 1:31.352 4
6 1 United Kingdom Jenson Button United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 8 1:32.636 4 1:31.763 6 1:31.378 5
7 4 Germany Nico Rosberg Germany Mercedes 3 1:32.238 7 1:31.886 7 1:31.494 6
8 9 Brazil Rubens Barrichello United Kingdom Williams-Cosworth 4 1:32.361 6 1:31.874 8 1:31.535 7
9 10 Germany Nico Hülkenberg United Kingdom Williams-Cosworth 2 1:32.211 8 1:31.926 9 1:31.559 9
10 3 Germany Michael Schumacher Germany Mercedes 6 1:32.513 10 1:32.073 10 1:31.846 10
11 22 Germany Nick Heidfeld Switzerland BMW Sauber-Ferrari 14 1:33.011 11 1:32.187 11
12 7 Brazil Felipe Massa Italy Ferrari 9 1:32.721 12 1:32.321 12
13 12 Russia Vitaly Petrov France Renault 13 1:32.849 13 1:32.422 13
14 23 Japan Kamui Kobayashi Switzerland BMW Sauber-Ferrari 10 1:32.783 14 1:32.427 14
15 14 Germany Adrian Sutil India Force India-Mercedes 15 1:33.186 15 1:32.659 15
16 17 Spain Jaime Alguersuari Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari 17 1:33.216 16 1:33.071 16
17 15 Italy Vitantonio Liuzzi India Force India-Mercedes 16 1:33.216 17 1:33.154 17
18 16 Switzerland Sébastien Buemi Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari 18 1:33.568 18
19 18 Italy Jarno Trulli Malaysia Lotus-Cosworth 19 1:35.346 19
20 19 Finland Heikki Kovalainen Malaysia Lotus-Cosworth 20 1:35.464 20
21 25 Brazil Lucas di Grassi United Kingdom Virgin-Cosworth 21 1:36.265 21
22 24 Germany Timo Glock United Kingdom Virgin-Cosworth 22 1:36.332 22
23 21 Brazil Bruno Senna Spain HRT-Cosworth 23 1:37.270 23
24 20 Japan Sakon Yamamoto Spain HRT-Cosworth 24 1:37.365 24
Source:[4]
  • Bold indicates the fastest driver's time in each session.
  • * Hamilton served a five place grid penalty for a gearbox change.[4]

GridEdit

Pos Pos
Driver Driver
______________
Row 1 1 ______________
Sebastian Vettel 2
______________ Mark Webber
Row 2 3 ______________
Robert Kubica 4
______________ Fernando Alonso
Row 3 5 ______________
Jenson Button 6
______________ Nico Rosberg
Row 4 7 ______________
Rubens Barrichello 8
______________ Lewis Hamilton
Row 5 9 ______________
Nico Hülkenberg 10
______________ Michael Schumacher
Row 6 11 ______________
Nick Heidfeld 12
______________ Felipe Massa
Row 7 13 ______________
Vitaly Petrov 14
______________ Kamui Kobayashi
Row 8 15 ______________
Adrian Sutil 16
______________ Jaime Alguersuari
Row 9 17 ______________
Vitantonio Liuzzi 18
______________ Sébastien Buemi
Row 10 19 ______________
Jarno Trulli 20
______________ Heikki Kovalainen
Row 11 21 ______________
Lucas di Grassi 22
______________ Timo Glock
Row 12 23 ______________
Bruno Senna 24
______________ Sakon Yamamoto

RaceEdit

ReportEdit

ResultsEdit

The full results for the 2010 Japanese Grand Prix are outlined below:

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 5 Germany Sebastian Vettel Austria Red Bull-Renault 53 1:30:27.323 1 25
2 6 Australia Mark Webber Austria Red Bull-Renault 53 +0.905s 2 18
3 8 Spain Fernando Alonso Italy Ferrari 53 +2.721s 4 15
4 1 United Kingdom Jenson Button United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 53 +13.522s 5 12
5 2 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 53 +39.595s 8 10
6 3 Germany Michael Schumacher Germany Mercedes 53 +59.933s 10 8
7 23 Japan Kamui Kobayashi Switzerland BMW Sauber-Ferrari 53 +1:04.038 14 6
8 22 Germany Nick Heidfeld Switzerland BMW Sauber-Ferrari 53 +1:09.648 11 4
9 9 Brazil Rubens Barrichello United Kingdom Williams-Cosworth 53 +1:10.846 7 2
10 16 Switzerland Sébastien Buemi Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari 53 +1:12.806 18 1
11 17 Spain Jaime Alguersuari Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari 52 +1 Lap 16
12 19 Finland Heikki Kovalainen Malaysia Lotus-Cosworth 52 +1 Lap 20
13 18 Italy Jarno Trulli Malaysia Lotus-Cosworth 51 +2 Laps 19
14 24 Germany Timo Glock United Kingdom Virgin-Cosworth 51 +2 Laps 22
15 21 Brazil Bruno Senna Spain HRT-Cosworth 51 +2 Laps 23
16 20 Japan Sakon Yamamoto Spain HRT-Cosworth 50 +3 Laps 24
17* 4 Germany Nico Rosberg Germany Mercedes 47 Wheel 6
Ret 14 Germany Adrian Sutil India Force India-Mercedes 44 Oil leak 15
Ret 11 Poland Robert Kubica France Renault 2 Wheel 3
Ret 10 Germany Nico Hülkenberg United Kingdom Williams-Cosworth 0 Collision 9
Ret 7 Brazil Felipe Massa Italy Ferrari 0 Collision 12
Ret 12 Russia Vitaly Petrov France Renault 0 Collision 13
Ret 15 Italy Vitantonio Liuzzi India Force India-Mercedes 0 Collision 17
DNS 25 Brazil Lucas di Grassi United Kingdom Virgin-Cosworth
Source:[5]
  • * Rosberg was still classified despite retiring as he had completed 90% of the race distance.[5]
  • di Grassi crashed before the start of the race and was unable to start.[5]

MilestonesEdit

StandingsEdit

There had been another shuffle to the Championship as the season rapidly drew towards its conclusion, although Mark Webber had established a small lead at the head of the field. The Australian racer would leave Japan with a fourteen point advantage over Fernando Alonso and Sebastian Vettel, with Alonso deemed to be ahead courtesy of four wins to Vettel's three. Lewis Hamilton was next having slipped 28 points off the lead, while Jenson Button was a dark horse for the crown in fifth on 189.

In the Constructors Championship Red Bull-Renault had again managed to extend their lead at the head of the hunt, opening out a 45 point lead with three rounds to go. McLaren-Mercedes were next as their main challengers, while Ferrari would need a strong race in Korea to remain in the hunt in third. Mercedes were next ahead of Renault, with nine of the twelve constructors having scored.

World Championship for Drivers
Pos. Driver Pts. +/-
1 Australia Mark Webber 220
2 Spain Fernando Alonso 206
3 Germany Sebastian Vettel 206 ▲1
4 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton 192 ▼1
5 United Kingdom Jenson Button 189
6 Brazil Felipe Massa 128
7 Germany Nico Rosberg 122
8 Poland Robert Kubica 114
9 Germany Michael Schumacher 54 ▲1
10 Germany Adrian Sutil 47 ▼1
11 Brazil Rubens Barrichello 41
12 Japan Kamui Kobayashi 27
13 Russia Vitaly Petrov 19
14 Germany Nico Hülkenberg 17
15 Italy Vitantonio Liuzzi 13
16 Switzerland Sébastien Buemi 8
17 Spain Pedro de la Rosa 6
18 Germany Nick Heidfeld 4 ▲8
19 Spain Jaime Alguersuari 3 ▼1
World Championship for Constructors
Pos. Team Pts. +/-
1 Austria Red Bull-Renault 426
2 United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 381
3 Italy Ferrari 334
4 Germany Mercedes 176
5 France Renault 133
6 India Force India-Mercedes 60
7 United Kingdom Williams-Cosworth 58
8 Switzerland BMW Sauber-Ferrari 37
9 Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari 11

Only point scoring drivers and constructors are shown.

ReferencesEdit

Images and Videos:

References:

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 '14. Japan 2010', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2014), https://www.statsf1.com/en/2010/japon.aspx, (Accessed 29/03/2020)
  2. 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 2.11 2.12 2.13 2.14 2.15 2.16 2.17 2.18 2.19 2.20 Robert Wilkins, 'Vettel wins at Suzuka as Red Bull dominate', crash.net, (Crash Media Group, 10/10/2010), https://www.crash.net/f1/race-report/164160/1/vettel-wins-in-japan-as-red-bull-dominate, (Accessed 29/03/2020)
  3. 'Singapore 2010: Entrants', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2015), https://www.statsf1.com/en/2010/singapour/engages.aspx, (Accessed 29/03/2020)
  4. 4.0 4.1 '2010 FORMULA 1 JAPANESE GRAND PRIX - QUALIFYING', formula1.com, (Formula One World Championship Limited, 2010), https://www.formula1.com/en/results.html/2010/races/875/japan/qualifying.html, (Accessed 29/03/2020)
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 'Japan 2010: Result', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2016), https://www.statsf1.com/en/2010/japon/classement.aspx, (Accessed 29/03/2020)
V T E Japan Japanese Grand Prix
Circuits Fuji (1976–1977, 2007–2008), Suzuka (1987–2006, 2009–present)
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See also Pacific Grand Prix
V T E 2010 Formula One Season
Teams McLaren | Mercedes | Red Bull | Ferrari | Williams | Renault | Force India | Toro Rosso | Lotus | HRT | BMW Sauber | Virgin
Engines Mercedes | Renault | Ferrari | Cosworth
Race Drivers 1 Button | 2 Hamilton | 3 Schumacher | 4 Rosberg | 5 Vettel | 6 Webber | 7 Massa | 8 Alonso | 9 Barrichello | 10 Hülkenberg | 11 Kubica | 12 Petrov | 14 Sutil | 15 Liuzzi | 16 Buemi | 17 Alguersuari | 18 Trulli | 19 Kovalainen | 20 Chandhok | 20 Klien | 20/21 Yamamoto | 21 Senna | 22 de la Rosa | 22 Heidfeld | 23 Kobayashi | 24 Glock | 25 di Grassi
Other Drivers Paffett | Turvey | Bird | Hartley | Ricciardo | Coulthard | Fisichella | Badoer | Gené | Bianchi | Bottas | Stoneman | Maldonado | Tung | d'Ambrosio | Charouz | Aleshin | di Resta | Felix da Costa | Buurman | Vergne | Fauzy | González | Arabadzhiev | Valsecchi | Kral | Gutiérrez | Pérez | Soucek | Razia | Haryanto
Cars MP4-25 | MGP W01 | RB6 | F10 | FW32 | R30 | VJM03 | STR5 | T127 | F110 | C29 | VR-01
Tyres Bridgestone
Races Bahrain | Australia | Malaysia | China | Spain | Monaco | Turkey | Canada | Europe | Great Britain | Germany | Hungary | Belgium | Italy | Singapore | Japan | Korea | Brazil | Abu Dhabi
Team Reports McLaren | Mercedes | Red Bull | Ferrari | Williams | Renault | Force India | Toro Rosso | Lotus | HRT | BMW Sauber | Virgin
Driver Reports Button | Hamilton | Schumacher | Rosberg | Vettel | Webber | Massa | Alonso | Barrichello | Hülkenberg | Kubica | Petrov | Sutil | Liuzzi | Buemi | Alguersuari | Trulli | Kovalainen | Chandhok | Klien | Yamamoto | Senna | de la Rosa | Heidfeld | Kobayashi | Glock | di Grassi
Tests Barcelona 1 | Valencia | Jerez 1 | Jerez 2 | Barcelona 2 | Vairano | Paul Ricard
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