1-2 finish for Red Bull in Japan
Sebastian Vettel won an eventful 2010 Japanese GP ahead of his team mate Mark Webber and Fernando Alonso. Jenson Button finished 4th, Hamilton 5th, Schumacher 6th. Sauber duo Kobayashi and Heidfeld took 7th and 8th places in front of Barrichello and Buemi. Lotus took advantage of seven cars retiring – Kovalainen finished 12th – a result that likely will seal the valuable 10th place in constructors championship for Lotus.
Lucas di Grassi crashed out on his way to grid, Petrov, Hulkenberg, Massa and Liuzzi after the race start. Kubica retired from P2 after loosing his rear wheel while still behind safety car. In the later stages of the race Sutil’s engine gave way and Rosberg crashed out from P6 after what looked like mechanical failure.
2010 Japanese GP – Race result:
2. Webber +0.9
3. Alonso +2.7
4. Button +13.5
5. Hamilton +39.5
6. Schumacher +59.9
7. Kobayashi +1:04.0
8. Heidfeld +1:09.6
9. Barrichello +1:10.8
10. Buemi +1:12.8
2010 Japanese GP - Qualifying - Top three
Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber locked the all Red Bull front row for the afternoon race in Suzuka. Lewis Hamilton finished 3rd but will be relegated 5 places following his penalty for gearbox change. Kubica finished 4th and will line up on row 2 with Alonso. Jenson Button will start from P5 but he will have the advantage of longer stint after qualifying on hard tyres.
1. Vettel – 1:30.785
2. Webber – 1:30.853
3. Hamilton – 1:31.169 (+ places penalty)
4. Kubica – 1:31.231
5. Alonso – 1:31.352
6. Button – 1:1:31.378
7. Rosberg – 1:31.494
8. Barrichello – 1:31.535
9. Hulkenberg – 1:31.559
10. Schumacher – 1:31.846
Sebastian Vettel - 2010 Japanese GP - Friday practice
Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber were the fastest drivers in the first practice session for the 2010 Japanese GP with Robert Kubica about half a second behind them. It was bad session for McLaren. Lewis Hamilton’s session ended early after crashing out at the Degner, Jenson Button barely avoided hitting the wall at the same place in the final stages of the session. Here are the morning practice times:
1. Vettel – 1:32.585
2. Webber +0.048
3. Kubica +0.544
4. Sutil +1.054
5. Hamilton +1.058
6. Barrichello +1.092
7. Hulkenberg +1.122
8. Schumacher +1.154
9. Heidfeld +1.206
10. Rosberg +1.246
F1 comes to Suzuka for the 2010 Japanese Grand Prix. It is time for round 16 of our prediction game. There are some conflicting weather forecasts for the weekend, some expecting heavy rain on Saturday and Sunday…
The race starts on Sunday October 10 at 2pm local time.
The predictions have to be placed before the start of the qualifying session (Saturday October 9, 1pm local time). Predictions can be changed, amended, there is no limit on the number of changes as long as they are made before the start of the qualifying. Predictions that arrive after the start of qualifying will not count.
Here are the results of round 15 of the prediction game. Lots of scores over 20, the highest one belongs to Red05 and zoohead – 23 points !
Fernando Alonso on Singapore podium
Fernando Alonso won the eventful 2010 Singapore GP only 2 tenths ahead of Sebastian Vettel. Mark Webber’s early pit stop gamble (behind safety car) paid off, he finished third just ahead of Jenson Button. Lewis Hamilton crashed out for the second time in as many races.
2010 Singapore GP Race result (updated twice):
2. Vettel +0.2
3. Webber +29.1
4. Button +30.3
5. Rosberg +49.3
6. Barrichello +56.1
7. Kubica +1:26.5
8. Massa +1:53.1
9. Sutil +1:52.3 (+20 sec penalty)
10. Hulkenberg +1:52.6 (+20 sec penalty)
11. Petrov + 1 lap
12. Alguesuari + 1 lap
13. Schumacher + 1 lap
14. Buemi + 1 lap
15. di Grassi + 2 laps
16. Kovalainen + 3 laps
2010 Singapore GP - Qualifying
Fernando Alonso will start 2010 Singapore GP from the pole position, his second pole in as many races. Sebastian Vettel will line up next to him on front row. Second row belongs to McLarens of Hamilton and Button. Behind them Webber, Barrichello, Rosberg, Kubica, Schumacher and Kobayashi.
1. Alonso – 1:45.390
2. Vettel – 1:45.457
3. Hamilton – 1:45.571
4. Button – 1:45.944
5. Webber – 1:45.977
6. Barrichello – 1:46.236
7. Rosberg – 1:46.443
8. Kubica – 1:46.593
9. Schumacher – 1:46.702
10. Kobayashi – 1:47.884
Sebastian Vettel on Saturday in Singapore
Sebastian Vettel was fastest in the final practice session for 2010 Singapore GP, 6 tenths ahead of Fernando Alonso. Leiws Hamilton finished with the third fastest time. Behind them Massa, Rosberg, Webber, Hulkenberg, Kubica, Sutil, Buemi, Petrov, Barrichello, Button, Alguersuari, Schumacher, Liuzzi, Heidfeld, Kobayashi, Glock, Kovalainen, di Grassi, Trulli, Klien and Senna.
Sebastian Vettel - The Fastest Driver on Friday in Singapore
Mark Webber was fastest in the first practice session for the 2010 Singapore GP (1:54.589) . The drivers were rather cautious in FP1 on the slowly drying damp surface. This tweet from @MauriceHamilton shows how cautious (or slow) the cars were in these conditions:
With few minutes of FP1 remaining on still-damp track; best time 1:56.2 is 10 seconds off Q2 time last year.
Michael Schumacher was second, Adrian Sutil third. Behind them Vettel, Alguersuari, Button, Liuzzi, Buemi, Kubica, Petrov, Alonso, Kobayashi, Heidfeld, Rosberg, Kovalainen, Barrichello, Hulkenberg, Hamilton, Massa, Glock, d’Ambrosio, Senna, Klien and Fauzy.
Although the cars were sliding all over the place nobody ended up in the barriers on the tricky surface.
Nick Heidfeld will race for his old team for the rest of the season
There will be two “new” faces on the grid this weekend in Singapore. Sauber announced after Italian GP that Nick Heidfeld will replace Pedro de la Rosa for the rest of the season. (Pedro de la Rosa will take on the Pirelli testing job previously held by Heidfeld and Grosjean).
Short while ago the HRT team announced that Christian Klien will replace Sakon Yamamoto for the Singapore GP. The official reason is food poisoning. The team hopes that Yamamoto will be OK to race in Japan. Here is the press release from HRT: