2010 Japanese Grand Prix articles on F1 Fanatic archive
Disaster for Massa (Ferrari race review) 11th October 2010, 17:19
Going into the Japanese Grand Prix weekend Felipe Massa had the words of Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo ringing in his ears. Montezemolo made various remarks to the effect that he expected Massa to drive quicker and continue to help support team mate Fernando Alonso’s championship bid. Instead Massa had a weekend so dreadful it [...]
Both McLaren drivers finished behind the Red Bulls and Fernando Alonso Suzuka. That means both could be eliminated from championship contention at the next race. More unreliability and a strategic gamble that failed to pay off blunted McLaren’s challenge in Japan.
Heikki Kovalainen all-but confirmed Lotus as the highest-ranked new team in the constructors’ championship by finishing 12th in the Japanese Grand Prix. With Jarno Trulli finishing 13th the team look set to claim tenth in the teams’ championship and win a significant amount of prize money.
Kamui Kobayashi was in great form at his first home race. He passed a string of cars with some astonishing late-braking moves to score points for the sixth time this year. With Nick Heidfeld finishing behind him this was also Sauber’s biggest points haul of the season.
The strategies of the Mercedes drivers came into conflict as Michael Schumacher spent half the race stuck behind Nico Rosberg. But could it have been avoided? Michael Schumacher Nico Rosberg Qualifying position 10 6 Qualifying time comparison (Q3) 1’31.846 (+0.352) 1’31.494 Race position 6 17 Average race lap 1’43.533 (-0.994) 1’44.527 Laps 53/53 47/53 Pit [...]
Williams had both cars in the top ten in qualifying again but only scored two points. Still it helped reduce the gap to Force India in the constructors’ championship. Rubens Barrichello Nico Hülkenberg Qualifying position 7 9 Qualifying time comparison (Q3) 1’31.535 (-0.024) 1’31.559 Race position 9 Average race lap 1’43.739 Laps 53/53 0/53 Pit [...]
Sebastien Buemi ended the team’s six-race points drought by bring the car home in the top ten for the first time since the European Grand Prix. Sebastien Buemi Jaime Alguersuari Qualifying position 18 16 Qualifying time comparison (Q1) 1’33.568 (+0.097) 1’33.471 Race position 10 11 Average race lap 1’43.776 (-0.707) 1’44.483 Laps 53/53 52/53 Pit [...]
Amateur video from the Japanese Grand Prix shows Sebastian Vettel came very close to jumping the start. The video shows Vettel’s Red Bull moving and then stopping again before the start was given. Vettel held his lead at the start while Mark Webber, who started second, lost his place to Robert Kubica.
The most bizarre moment of the Japanese Grand Prix weekend was surely Lucas di Grassi’s crash on the way to the grid before the race began – something neither he nor the team have fully explained. Timo Glock Lucas di Grassi Qualifying position 22 21 Qualifying time comparison (Q1) 1’36.332 (+0.067) 1’36.265 Race position 14 [...]
Force India failed to score for the fourth time in six races for reason not entirely within their control at Suzuka. That allowed Williams to move within two points of them in the constructors’ championship. Adrian Sutil Vitantonio Liuzzi Qualifying position 15 17 Qualifying time comparison (Q2) 1’32.659 (-0.495) 1’33.154 Race position Average race lap [...]