Japanese Grand Prix – Live text updates and coverage from Round 17 of the 2019 Formula One season, the Japanese GP from Suzuka.
Ferrari on the front row
Ferrari start today’s race from the front row, after pulling out an immense qualifying session. Sebastian Vettel put in two flying laps good enough for pole position, while Charles Leclerc will start from P2.
Valtteri Bottas starts from P3, with Lewis Hamilton P4 in the second Mercedes. Red Bull are on the third row, with Max Verstappen and Alex Albon in P5 & P6 respectively.
Race against time for Renault, Haas & Williams
Williams are replacing Robert Kubica’s chassis and gearbox for the Japanese Grand Prix after he crashed early in qualifying. It’s a big job and, if Williams can get his car ready on time, he’ll be starting from the pitlane. Kevin Magnussen also crashed, and has also had a gearbox change. He starts from the back, and also has a five place grid penalty for the gearbox change. However, he’s far more likely to make the race start with ease. Renault’s Nico Hulkenberg had a hydraulic issue in qualifying, but the team are confident of having the repairs done on time.