Sebastian Vettel defends Ferrari’s tyre gamble in Japan qualifying

Japan Grand Prix: Hamilton dominates free practice sessions

"Austin is generally a good track for us and I can't wait to unleash this beast there", said Hamilton after leading every lap from pole position.

It won't be a Japanese Grand Prix that will live long in the memory as Lewis Hamilton stormed to a comfortable victory in front of team-mate Valtteri Bottas.

"We've gone from strength to strength as a team this year".

"But the gap was there, his battery was clipping [running out of ERS boost], I was boosting, I saved my battery, I had more speed, I would have made the corner, I was side by side and then he didn't give enough room and then we touched". Championship challenger Sebastian Vettel crashed into him early in the race leaving Vettel stationary.

Vettel - who started eighth on the grid after a poor qualifying session at Suzuka yesterday - could only finish sixth while championship rival Lewis Hamilton cruised to victory. Out came the safety vehicle after debris littered the track following a coming together between Kevin Magnussen and Charles Leclerc.

The incident was investigated by the stewards, with no further action taken, but Verstappen felt it was clear Vettel had been at fault.

"I could see that his battery was clipping, while I had saved some energy from mine". The German went for a gung-ho lunge on Verstappen as he slowed down from 190mph at the left-handed Spoon corner.

The "Prancing Horse" hasn't been helped by reports that Team Principal Maurizio Arrivabene could be moving on to Juventus at the end of this season, meaning that a new boss could enter a jaded Ferrari setup.

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"I know the situation looks impossible but our job is to challenge the impossible, this is what we are going to do in the next four races", added the Italian. Ferrari, on the other hand, have their own reasons to be cross with their "lead" driver, after uncharacteristic mistakes have cost the multi-time Constructer's Champion vital points in the race to finish top of the pile.

Verstappen was already carrying a five-second penalty for forcing Vettel's team mate Kimi Raikkonen off the track earlier in the race and would have dropped behind Vettel anyway at the pitstops.

He was penalised five seconds and could well have finished second without it, having crossed the line 1.3 seconds behind Bottas.

Shocker: Sebastian Vettel and Ferrari needed to take some risks in Japan to keep their championship chances alive, but gamble after gamble failed to pay off.

Speaking of classic cars there were a few F1 versions on show in a pre-race display that included Mika Hakkinen back behind the wheel of a McLaren that steered him towards his first world championship at Suzuka in 1998.

Horner went on to confirm he was pleased with Red Bull's pace during the race.

Sergio Perez stole best-of-the-rest honours in seventh after Racing Point Force India mugged Haas and Toro Rosso with a superior strategy.

The second Force India of Esteban Ocon came in ninth with Renault's Carlos Sainz Jr 10th.

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