Round 17 Japan

  • After the promise of Saturday’s qualifying session, the Japanese Grand Prix was a difficult race for Toro Rosso Honda that ultimately ended with both drivers finishing outside of the points.

Report

SUZUKA, Japan, October 07, 2018

After the promise of Saturday’s qualifying session, the Japanese Grand Prix was a difficult race for Toro Rosso Honda that ultimately ended with both drivers finishing outside of the points. Starting from sixth, Brendon lost out on the opening lap on the run to Turn 1 and dropped back into the midfield, where he struggled with his tyres in the opening stint and was unable to challenge for the top ten after getting stuck behind Marcus Ericsson following his pit stop. Pierre made a good start from seventh but was soon passed by the recovering Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo, and after a long first stint went for an aggressive final part of the race on the soft tyre. After making some good overtaking moves to get back into the top ten, Pierre’s then suffered blistering on his tyres and eventually lost the final position in the points in the closing stages.

Comments

TOYOHARU TANABE | TECHNICAL DIRECTOR, HONDA F1
“Today’s result was disappointing, given our excellent showing in qualifying yesterday. Pierre ran in the points for much of the race, so it was unfortunate that he was unable to fight off Sainz in the closing stages and dropped down to eleventh. Since we arrived in Suzuka, we have had fantastic support from the Toro Rosso Honda fans, which was a great boost for all of us. So it was a shame that we were unable to repay them with a point or two. However, the frustration we all feel at the lack of points will be turned into motivation as we carry on working for the final four races and, at this point of the year, even looking to 2019.”

BRENDON HARTLEY
“I don’t feel like I did too much wrong at the start of the race, but I just couldn’t get the power down. For the whole first stint I didn’t have much grip and poor traction cost me a lot of time. Then on the second set I found myself in traffic, I made a couple of overtakes on both of the Williams but in the end I got stuck behind Marcus. It's a real shame that both cars are outside the points after such a promising result in Qualifying yesterday.”

PIERRE GASLY
“It was a good start as I managed to overtake Brendon and the first stint was great. I felt good with the car behind Romain and I was pretty close to him, but then we went too long on the first stint as we didn’t want to pit into traffic but then several cars undercut us. We put the Soft tyres on during the pit stop and I enjoyed the battles and overtakes on the first few laps, but then I started to have massive blisters on the rear tyres and I was trying to survive at the end. It could have been better today so we need to analyse more deeply what happened. We probably didn’t make the best decisions, but that happens sometimes, it’s easy to say in hindsight that we could have made different choices. It’s just a shame after such a good Qualifying yesterday, it would have been great to reward the team and Honda here in Japan for their home race with some points today.”

Results

Formula 1 World Championship Grand Prix 2018
Round 17: Japan

Race

1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes
2 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes
3 Max Verstappen Red Bull
4 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull
5 Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari
6 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari
7 Sergio Perez Force India
8 Romain Grosjean Haas
9 Esteban Ocon Force India
10 Carlos Sainz Renault
11 Pierre Gasly Red Bull Toro Rosso Honda
12 Marcus Ericsson Sauber
13 Brendon Hartley Red Bull Toro Rosso Honda
14 Fernando Alonso McLaren
15 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren
16 Sergey Sirotkin Williams
17 Lance Stroll Williams
NC Charles Leclerc Sauber
NC Nico Hulkenberg Renault
NC Kevin Magnussen Haas

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