November 22, 2010

2010 F1 Japanese Grand Prix Review

Massa and Liuzzi crash on first bend during Japanese GP at Suzuka.
Photo by Issei Kato / Reuters.

The 2010 Japanese Grand Prix, round sixteen of the 2010 Formula One Season, was held at the Suzuka Circuit on October 10, 2010, in Suzuka, Mie, Japan. This time it was Red Bull Renault drivers Sebastian Vettel (Germany), followed by Mark Webber (Australia), taking first and second. Third place went to Scuderia Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso (Spain).

Here are some links to the main stories for this race, from qualifying and on through to post race reactions in a review list. Please, also enjoy the usual highlights video.

To find preview links within Junior's Eyes, check out the last couple regular 'Reading And Viewing List' blog entries. For more articles, visit the archives.

Qualifying - Vettel on pole at sunny Suzuka
Posted at on October 9, 2010

Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber annihilated their opposition in Sunday morning's delayed qualifying session for the Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka, their stunning pace through the Esses in the first sector giving them a conclusive advantage over opposition that proved very closely matched...

Qualifying - selected team and driver quotes
Posted at on October 9, 2010

After Saturday's qualifying session for the Japanese Grand Prix was postponed thanks to heavy rain at Suzuka, the drivers finally had a chance to stake their claim on the grid on Sunday morning, ahead of the afternoon race. With Ferrari's Felipe Massa failing to make it through to Q3 and the Red Bull duo of Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber looking ominously dominant, there was plenty to talk about. The drivers, and senior team personnel, review Sunday's qualifying action...

Qualifying analysis - Red Bull to rule at Suzuka?
Posted at on October 10, 2010

It may have been unusually timed - Sunday morning, instead of rain-hit Saturday - but qualifying in Japan was business as usual for Red Bull, with polesitter Sebastian Vettel and team mate Mark Webber locking out the front row of the grid. Renault's Robert Kubica could be a fly in the ointment in third, whilst Ferrari's Fernando Alonso, and McLaren's Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton will be gunning for the podium. We take a team-by-team look at qualifying at Suzuka...

Race - Vettel heads Red Bull one-two in Japan
Posted at on October 10, 2010

As expected, nobody could hold a candle to the Red Bulls in Suzuka on Sunday afternoon as Sebastian Vettel led home team mate Mark Webber by nine-tenths of a second in a gripping race in which the five title contenders finished in the top five places. Vettel's third triumph of the season, and Fernando Alonso's third place for Ferrari, 1.8s behind Webber, moves the German into joint second place with the Spaniard, each on 206 points, as Webber moved out to 220 to extend his lead to 14...

FIA post-race press conference - Japan
Posted at on October 10, 2010

1st Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull), 1h30m27.323s; 2nd Mark Webber (Red Bull), 1h30m28.228s; 3rd Fernando Alonso (Ferrari), 1h30m30.044s

Q: Sebastian, last season pole and the win. This year pole and the win and all in the space of just one day.
Sebastian Vettel: Yeah, incredible day this morning with qualifying and with the pole position and this afternoon we just continued. So fantastic...

Japan analysis - victorious Vettel back in title race
Posted at on October 11, 2010

Sebastian Vettel has come in for his fair share of criticism this season, but in Sunday's Japanese Grand Prix the Red Bull driver was untouchable as he delivered the win he needed to stay in title contention. With neither McLaren making the Suzuka podium - and with just three rounds remaining - it's looking increasingly like a three-way showdown for the drivers' championship...

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