Pilot Mercedes Lewis Hamilton won his first qualification at Suzuka.
The first segment on the Japanese track ended prematurely when Romain Grosjean crashed his Haas in the first sector. As a result of hitting a curb in one of S-shaped turns Grosjean lost control over the back of the VF-17 and flew into the wall.
The Frenchman’s accident happened for fifteen minutes before the chequered flag, the session was stopped and after evacuation of VF-17, it was decided not to resume Q1.
🚩 RED FLAG 🚩 Q1
Big impact for GRO (he’s OK)#Quali # 🇯 🇵 JapaneseGP #F1 pic.twitter.com/uyF6sOzWoR
— Formula 1 (@F1) October 7, 2017
Thus, in the first part of qualification have not passed the screenings, taking place from 16 to 20 Grosjean, Pierre went Out, lance Stroll, Marcus Eriksson and Pascal Wehrlein.
In the second segment of Lewis Hamilton demonstrated the power of Mercedes already on the first lap, setting a new record Suzuki at around 1.27,819. For comparison, in the first attempt, Sebastian Vettel lost to the British 0.6 seconds.
The second attempt Lewis drove even faster, but decided not to reveal all the cards before the decisive part of qualifying, breaking the fastest lap.
The barrier of the second part of qualification have not overcome Stoffel Vandorn, Nico Hulkenberg, Kevin Magnussen, Jolyon Palmer and Carlos Sainz, took place from 11 to 15.
In the first attempt of the final segment of Hamilton down the left circle for a fantastic 1.27,345, making a serious bid for their first win in qualifying at Suzuka, and the nearest pursuer Lewis was Vettel, who lost the overall leader 0,452 seconds.
The second attempt Hamilton set the benchmark at around 1.27,319, casting aside all doubts as to who the Sunday race will start from the pole position. Second was his teammate, Valtteri Bottas, Lewis losers 0.3 seconds. But because of the fine Finn on the grid of the company Hamilton on the front row of the grid will be Vettel.
Fourth and fifth places were taken by pilots of Red Bull Racing’s Daniel ricciardo and Max Verstappen, who managed to get ahead of Kimi Raikkonen who ruined his first fastest lap.
Rounded out the top ten Esteban Windows, Sergio Perez, Felipe Massa and Fernando Alonso.
|4.||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull||1.28,306||+0,987|
|5.||Max Verstappen||Red Bull||1.28,332||+1,013|
|7.||Esteban Windows||Force India||1.29,111||+1,792|
|8.||Sergio Perez||Force India||1.29,260||+1,941|
|The threshold for the first segment: 1.29,749||Lag*|
|15.||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso||1.30,413||+2.594|
|The threshold for the second segment: 1.30,774||Lag**|
|17.||Pierre Went Out||Toro Rosso||1.31,317||+2.270|
|107% of the best time of the first segment: 1.35,280|
|* – the gap from the best time of the first segment|
|** – the gap from the best time of the second segment|
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