Japanese Grand Prix

  • Talented Gutierrez finally makes his point in Japanese GP October 14, 2013

    Suzuka: Mexican Esteban Gutierrez was a talent waiting to explode and Sunday's Japanese Grand Prix vindicated Sauber's faith in him with his first points in Formula One, according to team principal Monisha Kaltenborn. The first rookie to appear on the scoresheets this season, at the 15th attempt, Gutierrez made his breakthrough...
  • Sergio Perez has issues, says Nico Rosberg October 13, 2013

    Suzuka: Nico Rosberg criticised Sergio Perez's driving after a clash with McLaren's Mexican driver on the track at Sunday's Japanese Grand Prix following a near-miss in the pitlane. The German, in the Mercedes, was angered by Perez's defensive tactics when he tried to overtake the Mexican for eighth place. The two...
  • Romain Grosjean no longer Suzuka's 'first lap nutcase' October 13, 2013

    Suzuka: No longer the 'first lap nutcase' of 2012, Romain Grosjean was dreaming of his first Formula One victory at the Japanese Grand Prix on Sunday before Red Bull provided an unwelcome wake-up call. The Frenchman made a storming start for Lotus from fourth on the grid to seize the lead...
  • Force India return pointless at Japanese Grand Prix October 13, 2013

    Suzuka: Sahara Force India returned pointless for the second consecutive time as Paul di Resta and Adrian Sutil on Sunday finished a disappointing 11th and 14th, respectively at the Japanese Grand Prix Formula One race. Di Resta, who started 12th at the grid, didn't have best of the start but drove...
  • Points record gives Fernando Alonso something to celebrate October 13, 2013

    Suzuka: Ferrari's Fernando Alonso took more comfort in knocking Michael Schumacher off his perch as Formula One's all-time top points scorer on Sunday than in keeping the championship mathematically open for two more weeks. The Spaniard's fourth place in the Japanese Grand Prix meant Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel, winner for the...
  • Red Bull's Vettel wins Japanese GP, title has to wait October 13, 2013

    Suzuka Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel won the Japanese Grand Prix on Sunday but will have to wait to seal a fourth-straight Formula One title as nearest rival Fernando Alonso finished fourth. Vettel surged into the lead on the 41st lap and led a Red Bull one-two ahead of teammate Mark...
  • Fernando Alonso says his focus is Mercedes, not Sebastian Vettel October 12, 2013

    Suzuka: Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel is sure to win this year's Formula One title and Ferrari's focus is now on finishing ahead of Mercedes in the constructors' championship, Fernando Alonso said on Saturday. Vettel enjoys a 77 point lead over the Spaniard and can secure his fourth successive championship if...
  • Di Resta secures P12 in Suzuka qualifying, Sutil 17 October 12, 2013

    Suzuka: Sahara Force India had mixed results in the qualifying for Japanese Grand Prix as Paul Di Resta qualified in 12th place while Adrian Sutil secured P17 but was pushed back to 20th on the grid following a grid-penalty. Sutil was handed a five-place grid penalty for an unscheduled change in...
  • Webber takes pole for Japanese GP, Vettel second October 13, 2013

    Suzuka: Red Bull driver Mark Webber claimed pole position on Saturday for the Japanese Grand Prix, outqualifying his teammate and runaway Formula One championship leader Sebastian Vettel for the first time this season. Webber clocked a time of 1 minute, 30.915 seconds at the Suzuka circuit, edging Vettel, who was just...
  • Webber fastest in final practice for Japanese GP October 12, 2013

    Suzuka: Red Bull driver Mark Webber set the fastest time in final practice for the Japanese Grand Prix while team-mate and runaway championship leader Sebastian Vettel sat out the last 20 minutes with a KERS power-boost problem and was ninth ahead of qualifying later Saturday. Webber's lap of 1 minute and...
  • Vettel slowed by KERS battery problem October 12, 2013

    Suzuka: Red Bull's Mark Webber was fastest in Saturday's final practice for the Japanese Grand Prix after world champion team-mate Sebastian Vettel was sidelined by a KERS battery problem. Vettel, who can secure his fourth successive Formula One title in Sunday's race if he wins and Ferrari's Fernando Alonso fails to...
  • Williams fined 60,000 euros for loose wheel October 11, 2013

    Suzuka: Williams were fined 60,000 euros on Friday after a wheel came off Pastor Maldonado's car during Japanese Grand Prix practice. Formula One stewards said in a statement that the incident, in which the rear left wheel bounced across the track, was regarded as a serious safety issue. "Examination of the...
  • Sebastian Vettel fastest in second practice at Japanese GP October 11, 2013

    Suzuka: Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel had the fastest time in Friday's practice for the Japanese Formula One Grand Prix, indicating the German is in a good position to clinch his fourth straight championship in Sunday's race. Vettel's time of 1 minute and 33.852 seconds around the Suzuka circuit was 0.168...
  • Vettel says dominance of F1 not turning off fans October 11, 2013

    Suzuka: On the verge of claiming his fourth straight Formula One title, Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel doesn't think his overwhelming dominance has made the sport less interesting for fans. Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton was quoted after Sunday's Korean Grand Prix as suggesting that Vettel's dominance risks putting fans to sleep,...
  • Hamilton leads Mercedes one-two in Japanese GP first practice October 11, 2013

    Suzuka: Lewis Hamilton led a Mercedes one-two at the top of the timesheets on Friday in practice for what could be a title-deciding Japanese Grand Prix. Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel, who will secure his fourth successive Formula One championship if he wins on Sunday and Ferrari's Fernando Alonso fails to finish...
  • Vettel aiming to clinch title at Japanese GP October 9, 2013

    Tokyo: The calculations are simple for Sebastien Vettel as he chases victory in the Japanese Grand Prix to secure a fourth straight Formula One championship. If Vettel wins at Suzuka on Sunday, and his nearest rival Fernando Alonso finishes worse than eighth, the German driver will join his compatriot Michael Schumacher...
  • Suzuka to host Japanese Grand Prix to 2018 August 23, 2013

    Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium: Suzuka will continue to host the Japanese Grand Prix until 2018, organisers said on Friday after reaching a deal with Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone. Hiroshi Soda, president of the Mobilityland Corporation that runs the Honda-owned circuit, said in a statement that a formal contract had been signed after...
  • Hamilton wrongly accuses team-mate Button of Twitter disrespect October 8, 2012

    Suzuka: McLaren's Lewis Hamilton triggered a fresh Twitter storm on Monday by wrongly accusing Formula One team mate and compatriot Jenson Button of disrespect by 'unfollowing' him on the social media site. Hamilton, who is leaving for Mercedes at the end of the season, was beaten by Button in Sunday's Japanese...
  • Lewis Hamilton criticises Sergio Perez November 16, 2012

    Suzuka: McLaren's Lewis Hamilton accused his future replacement Sergio Perez of 'crazy' driving on Sunday after the two fought for points at the Japanese Grand Prix. Mexican Perez, who will move from Sauber to replace Hamilton next season when the 2008 Formula One champion joins Mercedes, retired on the 18th of...
  • First podium finish for Kamui Kobayashi at Japanese GP October 7, 2012

    Suzuka: Third place felt like a victory for Kamui Kobayashi as he celebrated his first Formula One podium finish in front of home fans who had only once before witnessed such an event on Japanese soil. Only the third of his countrymen to stand on a grand prix podium, and first...
  • Mark Webber slams Romain Grosjean for first lap crash October 7, 2012

    Suzuka: Angry Australian Mark Webber branded Romain Grosjean a "first-lap nutcase" on Sunday following a Japanese Grand Prix collision that wrecked the Red Bull driver's hopes of a podium finish. Webber lined up on the front row of the grid alongside team mate and eventual winner Sebastian Vettel on pole position...
  • Nico Hulkenberg finishes seventh in Japanese GP November 16, 2012

    Suzuka: Sahara Force India's Nico Hulkenberg finished seventh in the Formula 1 Japanese Grand Prix to bag six points on Sunday. Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel won the race from second placed Felipe Massa in his Ferrari. Home favourite Kamui Kobayashi came third in his Sauber. Hulkenberg's teammate Paul di Resta finished 12th,...
  • Red Bull's Vettel wins Japanese GP 2012 October 7, 2012

    Suzuka: Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel won the Japanese Grand Prix from pole on Sunday to close within four points of the top of the Formula One championship standings as leader Fernando Alonso of Ferrari crashed out of the race at the first turn. Vettel, who also won the previous race...
  • Alonso crashes out of Japanese Grand Prix October 7, 2012

    Suzuka: Ferrari's Formula One championship leader Fernando Alonso crashed out of the Japanese Grand Prix seconds after the start on Sunday. The Spaniard, who led Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel by 29 points with five races remaining after Suzuka, had started in sixth place and was sent spinning into the gravel at...
  • Alonso hoping for brighter Suzuka Sunday October 6, 2012

    Suzuka: Ferrari's Formula One championship leader Fernando Alonso cursed his luck on Saturday after qualifying only sixth for the Japanese Grand Prix while closest title rival Sebastian Vettel put his Red Bull on pole. The Spaniard's final quick lap was wrecked after Kimi Raikkonen's Lotus spun off in the final seconds...
  • Hulkenberg to start 15th, Di Resta 11th in Japan GP October 6, 2012

    Suzuka: Sahara Force India's Nico Hulkenberg qualified 10th but will start Sunday's Japanese Grand Prix from the 15th position on the grid after being handed a five-place penaltly due to an unscheduled gearbox change. Paul di Resta on Saturday qualified 12th but will move one place up to 11th, just behind...
  • Sebastian Vettel takes pole in Japanese GP October 6, 2012

    Suzaka: Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel claimed pole position for the Formula One Japanese Grand Prix by qualifying ahead of teammate Mark Webber on Saturday. Vettel, a two-time winner in Japan, secured his fourth consecutive pole at Suzuka and will be in a good position in Sunday's race to further erode...
  • Red Bull dominate final Japanese GP practice October 6, 2012

    Suzuka: Double world champion Sebastian Vettel led a Red Bull one-two in the final practice for the Japanese Formula One Grand Prix on Saturday. The German, who won his second title in Japan last year and will be chasing his fourth successive Suzuka pole later in the day, lapped the...
  • Perez will not trigger Mexican exit: Sauber November 16, 2012

    Suzaka: Sergio Perez's main Mexican backers will stick with Sauber despite the driver's departure for McLaren at the end of the season, the Swiss team's chief executive Monisha Kaltenborn said on Friday. Perez is backed by Telefonos de Mexico (Telmex), the telecoms provider run by Carlos Slim Domit whose father is...
  • Rosberg helped Hamilton make his mind up October 5, 2012

    Suzuka: Having got the better of seven times Formula One world champion Michael Schumacher, Nico Rosberg is hardly quaking in his racing boots at the prospect of teaming up with Lewis Hamilton at Mercedes. The two are old friends, teenage team-mates in karting where they dreamed of one day driving together...