F1 2014

Rosberg’s Suzuka Shot

Nico Rosberg bested Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton in qualifying for Sunday’s Japanese Grand Prix, outgunning the Englishman and world championship leader to the tune of a relatively huge 0.2 seconds.

Hamilton had the upper hand for most of the weekend, but the German hit back after the Briton crashed in final practice.

Valtteri Bottas came the closest of anyone to the dominant Silver Arrows – albeit 0.6 down on Rosberg – ahead of team-mate Felipe Massa and Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso.

Daniel Ricciardo, Kevin Magnussen, Jenson Button, Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen made up the top ten.

Qualifying proved a fruitless task however for Lotus, with both Pastor Maldonado and Romain Grosjean failing to escape Q1; the Venezuelan has also to take a ten place grid penalty for an engine change prior to this weekend.

 CLASSIFICATION – Qualifying – Japanese Grand Prix – 4th October 2014

Pos Driver Team Time
1 Rosberg Mercedes 1:32:506
2 Hamilton Mercedes 1:32:703
3 Bottas Williams 1:33:128
4 Massa Williams 1:33:527
5 Alonso Ferrari 1:33:740
6 Ricciardo Red Bull 1:34:075
7 Magnussen McLaren 1:34:242
8 Button McLaren 1:34:317
9 Vettel Red Bull 1:34:432
10 Raikkonen Ferrari 1:34:548
11 Vergne Toro Rosso 1:34:984
12 Perez Force India 1:35:089
13 Kvyat Toro Rosso 1:35:092
14 Hulkenberg Force India 1:35:099
15 Sutil Sauber 1:35:364
16 Gutierrez Sauber 1:35:681
17 Maldonado Lotus 1:35:917
18 Grosjean Lotus 1:35:984
19 Ericsson Caterham 1:36:813
20 Bianchi Marussia 1:36:943
21 Kobayashi Caterham 1:37:015
22 Chilton Marussia 1:37:481
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