Red Bull and Max Verstappen Bounce Back Claiming Pole in Japan
After a disappointing outing in Singapore last weekend. Verstappen bounced back in true championship leading form when he secured Pole Position at Suzuka. The McLarens and Verstappen have traded fastest laps all weekend through qualifying. However it was the Dutchman Verstappen who set the time to beat 6 tenths fastest than P2 finisher Oscar Piastri. Verstappen had the following words after the qualifying sessions.
“It’s been an incredible weekend so far, especially in qualifying, where you can really push it to the limit, it felt really, really nice. We had a bad weekend in Singapore. I already felt from the preparation we had that this was going to be a good track, but you never really know how good it’s going to be. From lap one it’s been really, really nice. Of course, you try to find little improvements here and there, and I think we did that. To be on pole here is fantastic.”
Charles Leclerc prevented a McLaren/Red Bull cluster at the front finishing P4 in the session ahead of Sergio Perez. Elsewhere on the grid was mostly uneventful. In Q1 Logan Sargeant crashed out again and leave his mechanics a major overhaul to get the car ready for racing day. Liam Lawson almost made it into Q3 but fell just short having to settle for 11th.
Full Japanese Grand Prix Qualifying Results
|Position||Driver||Car / Engine||Time||Delta (s)|
|1||Max Verstappen||Red Bull/Honda RBPT||1’28.877|
|5||Sergio Pérez||Red Bull/Honda RBPT||1’29.650||0.773|
|6||Carlos Sainz Jr.||Ferrari||1’29.850||0.973|
|9||Yuki Tsunoda||AlphaTauri/Honda RBPT||1’30.303||1.426|
|10||Fernando Alonso||Aston Martin/Mercedes||1’30.560||1.683|
|11||Liam Lawson||AlphaTauri/Honda RBPT||1’30.508||1.631|
|16||Valtteri Bottas||Alfa Romeo/Ferrari||1’31.049||2.172|
|17||Lance Stroll||Aston Martin/Mercedes||1’31.181||2.304|
|19||Zhou Guanyu||Alfa Romeo/Ferrari||1’31.398||2.521|