Lewis Hamilton Just Broke A Lap Record In Suzuka

Lewis Hamilton Just Broke A Lap Record In Suzuka”

The time shattered seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher's previous mark at the circuit by 1.6 seconds.

However, a five-place grid penalty for an unscheduled gearbox change on Bottas's Mercedes will promote Vettel back onto the front row for Sunday's race. "Being on a cooler circuit here the vehicle will be in a much better position", said Hamilton speaking to reporters at the Suzuka circuit on Thursday. "We gave him his big break and he took it by winning his first race with us and now he has this brilliant win", Horner told Evening Standard. In FP2, there was a lot of rain, but it felt really important to go out and assess the track and see how the auto was feeling as the vehicle was not good in the wet in Malaysia.

Hamilton has won his very first Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka, and has done so in style after he set a new lap record on this very track with a time of 1m27.319s.

It leaves Vettel's title hopes in tatters and is another remarkable setback for a driver who was leading the championship just four races ago ahead of the Italian Grand Prix.

Lewis Hamilton says he is "not comfortable at all" with his position in the championship despite a sizeable lead over rival Sebastian Vettel.

The Ferrari man will do well to keep pace with Hamilton on Sunday, as the 32-year-old looks unbeatable at present.

"The results were not the best the last couple of races but I think we are strong so we have all reason to be confident", said Vettel, who finished fourth in Malaysia last weekend from the back of the grid. We've put ourselves in the best position and obviously it's me and Sebastian on the front row so bring it on. "Love the track and it has been a special day".

The Mercedes driver crossed the line 1.2 seconds ahead of Red Bull's Max Verstappen, after picking up vibrations on his tyres in the dying stages of an otherwise trouble-free race.

First out in Q1 were Hamilton, Ericsson and Wehrlein followed by Vettel and Gasly.

"I anticipate a little bit more hopefully a little bit more like (the Belgian Grand Prix at) Spa, where Ferrari is going be right on us and potentially a little bit quicker".

"I've got eight metres".

The German believes Ferrari now need to be at their best to overhaul Hamilton after his team-mate Kimi Raikkonen was also plagued by issues in Malaysia - qualifying second before a battery issue prevented him from starting.

There were more hair-raising moments in qualifying as Bottas, who crashed in the morning's free practice, nearly lost control again early on.

Romain Grosjean crashed out of the first part of qualifying after losing control of his Haas between Turns 4 and 5.

"I don't know if any of you guys can predict but I definitely can't predict what races are going to work and what are not".

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