Sebastian Vettel shares blame for Ferrari qualifying mistake in Japan

Sebastian Vettel shares blame for Ferrari qualifying mistake in Japan

Sebastian Vettel shares blame for Ferrari qualifying mistake in Japan

Lewis Hamilton is within touching distance f the drivers' title after winning a Japanese Grand Prix in which Ferrari harmed their chances with a string of errors.

"Austin is generally a good track for us, and I can't wait to unleash this beast there".

"I went for the gap that was there and as soon as Max saw that I was side-by-side, he tried everything to squeeze me but didn't give me any room", he said.

As the defending world champion charges towards a fifth world drivers' title, we discuss the key moments in the race at Suzuka. They pitted quickly, but it may have just shaken the German slightly - his subsequent flying lap was poor, running wide, and clocking only the ninth fastest time, upon which he failed to improve.

That also allowed the second Red Bull of Daniel Ricciardo, who had started 15th after a problem in qualifying, to jump Raikkonen having carved through the order in a stellar opening stint.

"He just looks at me but I think he should keep the overview of the track and we should both try and make the corner in the first place and then sort out who is inside, outside, first, second, whatever".

Hamilton has won six of the last seven grands prix to urge towards a fifth world title, but Wolff says the Silver Arrows will not rest on their laurels. I think we have better speed than ninth but we'll start there and see how it goes. The German then set his sights on Haas' Romain Grosjean, passing him with a bold move around the outside at the hairpin.

From what could only be labelled as a bad situation going worse, Sebastian Vettel collided with Max Verstappen while trying to overtake him for third position on lap 8th.

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Verstappen though was unrepentant and called his penalty "stupid".

Heading into the Japanese GP, it was no secret that Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel would need to push himself and the auto to the limit to close the gap on Hamilton.

He spun, took some damage and ended up finishing at the back of the field.

Magnussen came out worse, picking up a rear-left puncture that dropped him to last as he limped back to the pits, and the debris he scattered across the track in the process forced race control to deploy the safety auto. Hamilton complained intermittently of hesitations from his power unit from the lead, but he had no discernable difficulty keeping a five-second gap to his teammate in second place.

Lance Stroll of Williams made it into Q2. Stroll first forced Alonso off the track at the chicane, but the McLaren driver then cut straight through to gravel to rejoin ahead of the Williams.

The fresh-tyre advantage allowed them to jump Gasly, before Perez caught and passed Grosjean after a virtual safety auto called to deal with Charles Leclerc's stricken Sauber. The Sauber driver reported a breakage in his vehicle before he ran through the gravel and into retirement at the Degner corners.

He's been constantly called out for making mistakes and giving away the championship.

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