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Valtteri Bottas wins the 2019 Formula 1 Japanese Grand Prix

2019.14.10.
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Valtteri Bottas wins the 2019 Japanese Formula 1 Grand Prix. Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton respectively took second and third place. Alexander Albon finished in fourth place followed by Sebastian Vettel. Charles Leclerc was penalized twice and took seventh place, followed by Pierre Gasly who finished eighth.

Pierre Gasly scored four points for his team by finishing eighth, a very good result for the Frenchman: “I am very happy with today! I spent most of the race in P7 and P8, it was really intense because Renault and Racing Point were pushing very hard. We had a suspension problem in the middle of the race, which made the race quite difficult. There were intense battles and I really wanted to give everything for the team, Honda, and for the Japanese fans who came to support us. I am very happy to score points for the team, especially in Japan….it’s really special! »

Romain Grosjean took 15th place in the Grand Prix, a disappointing weekend for the Frenchman: “Well, it wasn’t as good as we wanted. It was a terrible start, I don’t know why. I was behind Kevin (Magnussen) in the first lap. We tried to push hard, we put on the hard tire to do a one-stop race. Honestly, I had two very good overtaking on Russell and Giovinazzi outside of the first and second corners – both times. It was the highlight of my race. After that, it was just tire management. We just didn’t have the rhythm in the race, which was a bit of a shame. We’ll keep working and see what the next race will bring for us.”

Renault F1 Team had a good weekend with a P6 for Daniel Ricciardo and a P10 for Nico Hülkenberg. A difficult weekend for Cyril Abiteboul: “It was certainly a strange weekend with no driving on Saturday. Everything had to be perfect on Sunday morning. Unfortunately, we experienced the opposite with different issues on on both cars in qualifying. Despite our rather difficult positions on the grid, we didn’t give up and stayed focused. The team did a remarkable job in such a short notice before the start of the race to reverse the trend. Our two drivers had good starts for the first time in a long time and the pace did not slow down after the first laps with an impressive number of magnificent overtaking by Daniel and Nico. Nico also agreed to some team playing  and it worked well for us, so we owe him a big thank you. We leave Suzuka with two cars in the points. It’s a great reward after the problems we faced over the last few races when we had a car capable of scoring in each race.”

Valtteri Bottas with his Mercedes won the Formula 1 Japanese Grand Prix and Mercedes its sixth consecutive manufacturer world champion title. Toto Wolff: “When we started this adventure six or seven years ago, we wanted to win races more regularly, then fight for a championship – and now, six years later, we win our sixth consecutive championship. We never thought it would be possible and I am incredibly happy for all those who played a role in this adventure. It wasn’t always easy, the whole team worked hard and we had our share of painful moments, but we were always able to get up. Everyone in Brackley and Brixworth worked incredibly hard for this achievement and I can never thank them enough. This sixth championship is very special – and we dedicate it to Niki. He has played such an important role from the beginning, and we all miss him very much. I think about him every day and I still can’t believe he’s gone; I keep telling to myself, “What would Niki say, what would he think? Today, he would probably have said, “Congratulations on the sixth, but you have a challenge for next year. It was his way of ensuring that we were never complacent. Today, we were disappointed in the morning because we weren’t fast enough in qualifying. And now we have won the race and also both championships – which is still hard to grasp.”

FIA Druvers Championship Standings (after Suzuka)

1 Lewis Hamilton 338

2 Valtteri Bottas 274

3 Charles Leclerc 223

4 Sebastian Vettel 212

5 Max Verstappen 212

6 Carlos Sainz 76

7 Pierre Gasly 72

8 Alexander Albon 64

9 Daniel Ricciardo 46

10 Nico Hulkenberg 34

11 Lando Norris 34

12 Sergio Perez 33

13 Daniil Kvyat  33

14 Kimi Räikkönen 29

15 Kevin Magnussen 20

16 Lance Stroll 20

17 Romain Grosjean 8

18 Antonio Giovinazzi 4

19 Robert Kubica 1

20 George Russell 0

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