Japanese GP qualifying: Kubica crashes heavily

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  1. ‘Only part of the job done’

    Sebastian Vettel, who has just taken his second pole position of the season, says: “Not easy with the conditions, the main thing is the sun is out, the people are happy and we didn’t expect that front row.

    “I didn’t use the brakes other than turn two. I really enjoyed it, but that’s only part of the job done.”


    Andy Capp: YES!!!! Front row lock out

    Chris: Ferrari, where was this pace at the start of the year?!

    Rachel T: Well, well, well. Life in the old VET yet!

  3. Post update

    “Huge performance from Vettel, two brilliant laps. The pressure was on and he dealt with it perfectly,” says Jolyon Palmer.

    “Yes guys,” says Vettel before reeling off some Italian. “Thanks boys and thanks girls,” is as good as you’ll get from me translating Italian.


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  4. BreakingVettel takes pole position, all Ferrari front row

    For only the second time this year, Sebastian Vettel will start right at the front.

    Our top 10 are…

    1. Vettel
    2. Leclerc
    3. Bottas
    4. Hamilton
    5. Verstappen
    6. Albon
    7. Sainz
    8. Norris
    9. Gasly
    10. Grosjean
  5. Post update

    Bottas up to third ahead of Hamilton, who will start fourth.

  6. Post update

    Sebastian Vettel is improving. What have Mercedes got?

  7. Post update

    Charles Leclerc is only second after a late slide.


    Bethonie Waring: I wonder, did Vettel say this *after* he knew he was on provisional pole. It would look pretty bad if the team came back like “yep, P3 Seb”

  9. Post update

    Leclerc is purple and fastest in the first sector. Can he deny his team-mate?

  10. Post update

    At the moment we’re heading for a sixth consecutive race where a Mercedes will not have got pole position.

  11. Post update

    Two minutes left on the clock.

  12. Post update

    McLaren are seventh (Norris) and eighth (Sainz) before they go again.

  13. Fifth pole at Suzuka for Vettel?

  14. Post update

    You’re going to have to break the track record to get yourself on pole and deny Vettel what would be his second pole of the season, after Canada back in race seven.

  15. Post update

    Clear team pattern with Ferrari one and two, Mercedes three and four, Red Bull five and six, McLaren seven and eight. No time from Grosjean, who may well be settling for 10th.

    Five minutes of qualifying left.

  16. Post update

    Sebastian Vettel jumps to the top, Charles Leclerc second. After attempt one, we’ve got a Ferrari front row. Seven minutes to go. Vettel three tenths better off than Leclerc.

    “That was a good lap, a good lap,” says Vettel.

    “Yep, well done,” Ferrari tell him.

    But will it be good enough? It’s not all done with just yet.

    Sebastian Vettel

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  17. Post update

    A big slide from Valtteri Bottas, but he still takes top spot. If you’re going to slide, do it late on your lap.

  18. Post update


    Francesca Gunn: Just realising I should have gone bed early then woken up at 2am and now having to try and stay awake for pretty much 24 hrs.

    Jack: Sector 1 at Suzuka has to be the best stretch of circuit anywhere on the calendar. Really shows off just how incredible these machines are.

    Francesca, I can feel your pain, although I couldn’t wake up at 2am.

  20. Post update

    Charles Leclerc is chasing his fifth consecutive pole position. Twelve minutes of Q3 to find out if he can do it.

    Charles Leclerc

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