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The 2018 Japanese Grand Prix (officially the Formula 1 2018 Honda Japanese Grand Prix)[1] was the seventeenth race of the 2018 Formula One season, the thirty-fourth time the Japanese Grand Prix was held on the Formula One calendar, and the thirtieth time it was held at the Suzuka Circuit. It was held between 5 October and 7 October 2018.

In qualifying, Lewis Hamilton took his eightieth overall pole position, his second at the Suzuka Circuit, after Sebastian Vettel was unable to qualify higher than ninth due to going wide on his first flying lap in Q3 while a rainfall hit the final minutes of qualifying, though he was later promoted to eighth following a three-place grid penalty for Esteban Ocon. Valtteri Bottas and Max Verstappen qualified second and third, respectively.

In the race, Hamilton kept the lead while Bottas held off Verstappen at the first corner. Verstappen went wide at Turn 15, but squeezed Kimi Räikkönen off the track after rejoining at Turn 16, thus allowing Vettel to pass Räikkönen. Charles Leclerc then went into the back of Kevin Magnussen on the start/finish straight on lap 2, giving Magnussen a puncture. The debris from Magnussen's tyre later resulted in the safety car being deployed on lap 4, and it stayed out until the end of lap 7. On lap 8, Vettel made a move on Verstappen at Spoon, but the two made contact, dropping Vettel to the back of the field while Verstappen remained in third place. Vettel made his way up to sixth, as Hamilton took his seventy-first overall victory, putting him sixty-three points ahead of Vettel in the championship, while Bottas held off Verstappen to take second, and Verstappen had to settle for third.


Background[]

Entry list[]

No. Driver Entrant Constructor Chassis Engine Model Tyre
44 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Germany Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport Mercedes W09 EQ Power+ Mercedes M09 EQ Power+ P
77 Finland Valtteri Bottas Germany Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport Mercedes W09 EQ Power+ Mercedes M09 EQ Power+ P
5 Germany Sebastian Vettel Italy Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari SF71H Ferrari 062 EVO P
7 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Italy Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari SF71H Ferrari 062 EVO P
3 Australia Daniel Ricciardo Austria Aston Martin Red Bull Racing Red Bull RB14 TAG Heuer TAG Heuer P
33 Netherlands Max Verstappen Austria Aston Martin Red Bull Racing Red Bull RB14 TAG Heuer TAG Heuer P
11 Mexico Sergio Pérez United Kingdom Racing Point Force India F1 Team Force India VJM11 Mercedes M09 EQ Power+ P
31 France Esteban Ocon United Kingdom Racing Point Force India F1 Team Force India VJM11 Mercedes M09 EQ Power+ P
18 Canada Lance Stroll United Kingdom Williams Martini Racing Williams FW41 Mercedes M09 EQ Power+ P
35 Russia Sergey Sirotkin United Kingdom Williams Martini Racing Williams FW41 Mercedes M09 EQ Power+ P
27 Germany Nico Hülkenberg France Renault Sport Formula One Team Renault R.S.18 Renault R.E.18 P
55 Spain Carlos Sainz, Jr. France Renault Sport Formula One Team Renault R.S.18 Renault R.E.18 P
28 New Zealand Brendon Hartley Italy Red Bull Toro Rosso Honda Toro Rosso STR13 Honda RA618H P
10 France Pierre Gasly Italy Red Bull Toro Rosso Honda Toro Rosso STR13 Honda RA618H P
8 France Romain Grosjean United States Haas F1 Team Haas VF-18 Ferrari 062 EVO P
20 Denmark Kevin Magnussen United States Haas F1 Team Haas VF-18 Ferrari 062 EVO P
14 Spain Fernando Alonso United Kingdom McLaren F1 Team McLaren MCL33 Renault R.E.18 P
2 Belgium Stoffel Vandoorne United Kingdom McLaren F1 Team McLaren MCL33 Renault R.E.18 P
9 Sweden Marcus Ericsson Switzerland Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team Sauber C37 Ferrari 062 EVO P
16 Monaco Charles Leclerc Switzerland Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team Sauber C37 Ferrari 062 EVO P
Free Practice 1 only
47 United Kingdom Lando Norris United Kingdom McLaren F1 Team McLaren MCL33 Renault R.E.18 P
source

Practice Overview[]

FP1[]

FP2[]

FP3[]

Practice Results[]

No Driver Team FP1 FP2 FP3
Time Pos Time Pos Time Pos
2 Belgium Stoffel Vandoorne United Kingdom McLaren-Renault DNP 1:31.981 20 1:33.034 19
3 Australia Daniel Ricciardo Austria Red Bull-TAG Heuer 1:29.373 3 1:29.513 6 1:30.474 6
5 Germany Sebastian Vettel Italy Ferrari 1:29.685 5 1:29.050 3 1:29.715 2
7 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Italy Ferrari 1:29.627 4 1:29.498 5 1:30.054 3
8 France Romain Grosjean United States Haas-Ferrari 1:30.814 8 1:30.440 8 1:31.636 11
9 Sweden Marcus Ericsson Switzerland Sauber-Ferrari 1:31.073 10 1:30.478 9 1:32.442 16
10 France Pierre Gasly Italy Toro Rosso-Honda 1:31.073 11 1:30.795 13 1:33.105 20
11 Mexico Sergio Pérez United Kingdom Force India-Mercedes 1:31.272 13 1:30.510 11 1:31.483 8
14 Spain Fernando Alonso United Kingdom McLaren-Renault 1:32.034 18 1:30.988 17 1:32.608 17
16 Monaco Charles Leclerc Switzerland Sauber-Ferrari 1:30.929 9 1:30.906 15 1:31.760 12
18 Canada Lance Stroll United Kingdom Williams-Mercedes 1:31.508 16 1:31.215 19 1:32.201 14
20 Denmark Kevin Magnussen United States Haas-Ferrari 1:31.274 14 1:30.956 16 1:31.521 10
27 Germany Nico Hülkenberg France Renault 1:31.418 15 1:30.644 12 1:32.224 15
28 New Zealand Brendon Hartley Italy Toro Rosso-Honda 1:31.908 17 1:30.502 10 1:32.030 13
31 France Esteban Ocon United Kingdom Force India-Mercedes 1:30.591 7 1:30.035 7 1:31.088 7
33 Netherlands Max Verstappen Austria Red Bull-TAG Heuer 1:29.841 6 1:29.257 4 1:30.304 4
35 Russia Sergey Sirotkin United Kingdom Williams-Mercedes 1:32.513 19 1:31.087 18 1:32.631 18
44 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Germany Mercedes 1:28.691 1 1:28.217 1 1:29.599 1
47 United Kingdom Lando Norris United Kingdom McLaren-Renault 1:32.683 20 DNP DNP
55 Spain Carlos Sainz, Jr. France Renault 1:31.100 12 1:30.904 14 1:31.513 9
77 Finland Valtteri Bottas Germany Mercedes 1:29.137 2 1:28.678 2 1:30.422 5
Source: [2][3][4]

Qualifying[]

Q1[]

Q2[]

Q3[]

Qualifying Results[]

Pos. No. Driver Team Q1 Q2 Q3 Grid
Pos Time Pos Time Pos Time
1 44 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Germany Mercedes 1 1:28.702 2 1:28.017 1 1:27.760 1
2 77 Finland Valtteri Bottas Germany Mercedes 3 1:29.297 1 1:27.987 2 1:28.059 2
3 33 Netherlands Max Verstappen Austria Red Bull-TAG Heuer 4 1:29.480 5 1:28.849 3 1:29.057 3
4 7 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Italy Ferrari 5 1:29.631 4 1:28.595 4 1:29.521 4
5 8 France Romain Grosjean United States Haas-Ferrari 7 1:29.724 8 1:29.678 5 1:29.761 5
6 28 New Zealand Brendon Hartley Italy Toro Rosso-Honda 14 1:30.248 10 1:29.848 6 1:30.023 6
7 10 France Pierre Gasly Italy Toro Rosso-Honda 10 1:30.137 9 1:29.810 7 1:30.093 7
8 31 France Esteban Ocon United Kingdom Force India-Mercedes 9 1:29.899 6 1:29.538 8 1:30.126 11*
9 5 Germany Sebastian Vettel Italy Ferrari 2 1:29.049 3 1:28.279 9 1:32.192 8
10 11 Mexico Sergio Pérez United Kingdom Force India-Mercedes 13 1:30.247 7 1:29.567 10 1:37.229 9
11 16 Monaco Charles Leclerc Switzerland Sauber-Ferrari 6 1:29.706 11 1:29.864 10
12 20 Denmark Kevin Magnussen United States Haas-Ferrari 11 1:39.219 12 1:30.226 12
13 55 Spain Carlos Sainz, Jr. France Renault 12 1:30.236 13 1:30.490 13
14 18 Canada Lance Stroll United Kingdom Williams-Mercedes 15 1:30.317 14 1:30.714 14
15 3 Australia Daniel Ricciardo Austria Red Bull-TAG Heuer 8 1:29.806 15 no time 15
16 27 Germany Nico Hülkenberg France Renault 16 1:30.361 16
17 35 Russia Sergey Sirotkin United Kingdom Williams-Mercedes 17 1:30.372 17
18 14 Spain Fernando Alonso United Kingdom McLaren-Renault 18 1:30.579 18
19 2 Belgium Stoffel Vandoorne United Kingdom McLaren-Renault 19 1:31.041 19
20 9 Sweden Marcus Ericsson Switzerland Sauber-Ferrari 20 1:31.213 20
107% time: 1:34.911
Source: [5]
  • * Ocon received a three-place grid penalty for speeding under red flags in FP3.[5]
  • Ericsson was given a fifteen-place grid penalty for an unscheduled gearbox change and the use of his third ES.[6][7]

Grid[]

Pos Pos
Driver Driver
______________
Row 1 1 ______________
Lewis Hamilton 2
______________ Valtteri Bottas
Row 2 3 ______________
Max Verstappen 4
______________ Kimi Räikkönen
Row 3 5 ______________
Romain Grosjean 6
______________ Brendon Hartley
Row 4 7 ______________
Pierre Gasly 8
______________ Sebastian Vettel
Row 5 9 ______________
Sergio Pérez 10
______________ Charles Leclerc
Row 6 11 ______________
Esteban Ocon* 12
______________ Kevin Magnussen
Row 7 13 ______________
Carlos Sainz, Jr. 14
______________ Lance Stroll
Row 8 15 ______________
Daniel Ricciardo 16
______________ Nico Hülkenberg
Row 9 17 ______________
Sergey Sirotkin 18
______________ Fernando Alonso
Row 10 19 ______________
Stoffel Vandoorne 20
______________ Marcus Ericsson

Source

  • * Ocon received a three-place grid penalty for speeding under red flags in FP3.[5]
  • Ericsson was given a fifteen-place grid penalty for an unscheduled gearbox change and the use of his third ES.[6][7]

Race[]

Report[]

Results[]

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 44 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Germany Mercedes 53 1h 27m 17.062s 1 25
2 77 Finland Valtteri Bottas Germany Mercedes 53 +12.919s 2 18
3 33 Netherlands Max Verstappen Austria Red Bull-TAG Heuer 53 +14.295s 3 15
4 3 Australia Daniel Ricciardo Austria Red Bull-TAG Heuer 53 +19.495s 15 12
5 7 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Italy Ferrari 53 +50.998s 4 10
6 5 Germany Sebastian Vettel Italy Ferrari 53 +69.873s 8 8
7 11 Mexico Sergio Pérez United Kingdom Force India-Mercedes 53 +79.379s 9 6
8 8 France Romain Grosjean United States Haas-Ferrari 53 +87.198s 5 4
9 31 France Esteban Ocon United Kingdom Force India-Mercedes 53 +88.055s 11 2
10 55 Spain Carlos Sainz, Jr. France Renault 52 +1 Lap 13 1
11 10 France Pierre Gasly Italy Toro Rosso-Honda 52 +1 Lap 7
12 9 Sweden Marcus Ericsson Switzerland Sauber-Ferrari 52 +1 Lap 20
13 28 New Zealand Brendon Hartley Italy Toro Rosso-Honda 52 +1 Lap 6
14 14 Spain Fernando Alonso United Kingdom McLaren-Renault 52 +1 Lap 18
15 2 Belgium Stoffel Vandoorne United Kingdom McLaren-Renault 52 +1 Lap 19
16 35 Russia Sergey Sirotkin United Kingdom Williams-Mercedes 52 +1 Lap 17
17 18 Canada Lance Stroll United Kingdom Williams-Mercedes 52 +1 Lap 14
Ret 16 Monaco Charles Leclerc Switzerland Sauber-Ferrari 38 Mechanical 10
Ret 27 Germany Nico Hülkenberg France Renault 37 Engine 16
Ret 20 Denmark Kevin Magnussen United States Haas-Ferrari 8 Collision damage 12
Source: [8]

Milestones[]

Standings after race[]

Notes[]

  1. "Formula 1 2018 Honda Japanese Grand Prix". formula1.com. Formula One Administration. https://www.formula1.com/en/racing/2018/Japan.html. Retrieved 4 October 2018.
  2. "2018 Japanese Grand Prix – Practice 1 results". Formula1.com (Formula One Administration). 5 October 2018. https://www.formula1.com/en/results.html/2018/races/995/japan/practice-1.html. Retrieved 5 October 2018.
  3. "2018 Japanese Grand Prix – Practice 2 results". Formula1.com (Formula One Administration). 5 October 2018. https://www.formula1.com/en/results.html/2018/races/995/japan/practice-2.html. Retrieved 5 October 2018.
  4. "2018 Japanese Grand Prix – Practice 3 results". Formula1.com (Formula One Administration). 6 October 2018. https://www.formula1.com/en/results.html/2018/races/995/japan/practice-3.html. Retrieved 6 October 2018.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 "2018 Japanese Grand Prix – Qualifying results". Formula1.com (Formula One Administration). 6 October 2018. https://www.formula1.com/en/results.html/2018/races/995/japan/qualifying.html. Retrieved 6 October 2018.
  6. 6.0 6.1 "FIA Stewards Decision — Document No. 30". FIA.com. Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile. 7 October 2018. https://www.fia.com/file/73627/download?token=zJDCV5dX. Retrieved 7 October 2018.
  7. 7.0 7.1 "FIA Stewards Decision — Document No. 31". FIA.com. Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile. 7 October 2018. https://www.fia.com/file/73628/download?token=rEjP7-Pi. Retrieved 7 October 2018.
  8. "Japan Grand Prix 2018 Race Results". formula1.com (Formula One Administration). 7 October 2018. https://www.formula1.com/en/results.html/2018/races/995/japan/race-result.html. Retrieved 7 October 2018.
V T E 2018 Formula One Season
Teams Ferrari • Force India • Force India (Racing Point) • Haas • McLaren • Mercedes • Red Bull • Renault • Sauber • Toro Rosso • Williams
Engines Ferrari • Honda • Mercedes • Renault • TAG Heuer
Drivers alphabetically Alonso • Bottas • Ericsson • Gasly • Grosjean • Hamilton • Hartley • Hülkenberg • Leclerc • Magnussen • Ocon • Pérez • Räikkönen • Ricciardo • Sainz • Sirotkin • Stroll • Vandoorne • Verstappen • Vettel
Drivers by number Vandoorne • 3 Ricciardo • 5 Vettel • 7 Räikkönen • 8 Grosjean • 9 Ericsson • 10 Gasly • 11 Pérez • 14 Alonso • 16 Leclerc • 18 Stroll • 20 Magnussen • 27 Hülkenberg • 28 Hartley • 31 Ocon • 33 Verstappen • 35 Sirotkin • 44 Hamilton • 55 Sainz • 77 Bottas
Other Drivers
Cars Ferrari SF71H • Force India VJM11 • Haas VF-18 • McLaren MCL33 • Mercedes AMG F1 W09 EQ Power+ • Red Bull RB14 • Renault R.S.18 • Sauber C37 • Toro Rosso STR13 • Williams FW41
Tyres Pirelli
Races Australia • Bahrain • China • Azerbaijan • Spain • Monaco • Canada • France • Austria • Britain • Germany • Hungary • Belgium • Italy • Singapore • Russia • Japan • United States • Mexico • Brazil • Abu Dhabi
See also 2017 Formula One Season • 2019 Formula One Season • Category
V T E Japan Japanese Grand Prix
Circuits Fuji (1976–1977, 2007–2008), Suzuka (1987–2006, 2009–present)
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