Sebastian Vettel Dominates Wet First Japanese Grand Prix


134Valtteri BottasTheodore-Judd1:05.541
22Lewis HamiltonCaterham-Judd1:05.878
329Pastor MaldonadoSauber-Judd1:05.886
430Dean StonemanSauber-Judd1:06.104
563Diego Álvarez TorrentePrecision-Mercedes1:06.188
621Stoffel VandoorneHaas-Judd1:06.381
724Kevin MagnussenFAST-Mercedes1:06.481
862Jules BianchiPrecision-Mercedes1:06.615
933Einar ÁrmannssonTheodore-Judd1:06.689
1028Daniel MelroseFerrari1:06.803
1127Dave CassidyFerrari1:07.035
1222Jordan DaviesHaas-Judd1:07.039
1331Romain GrosjeanHolden1:07.077
141Sebastian VettelCaterham-Judd1:07.078
1523Pierre GaslyFAST-Mercedes1:07.178
1632Alexander AlbonHolden1:07.244
176Santiago UrrutiaWilliams-Mercedes1:07.249
185Marvin KirchhöferWilliams-Mercedes1:07.444
1966Pascal WehrleinRed Bull-Ferrari1:07.939
2055Artem MarkelovMansell-Mercedes1:08.040
2190Daniel RicciardoCalinetic-Holden1:08.248
2291Max VerstappenCalinetic-Holden1:08.249
23118Carlos Sainz JrDawson-Holden1:08.395
2456Sergey SirotkinMansell-Mercedes1:08.437
2567Mike RockenfellerRed Bull-Ferrari1:08.621
26119Felix RosenqvistDawson-Holden1:08.685

* demoted five places for changing engine/gearbox


Their rivals only saw the back of Bottas as Theodore scored their first pole position in Formula One.


Many people were expecting great things from Germany’s Sebastian Vettel. The last time Formula One was at the Okayama Circuit, he controlled the entire weekend, ending up with two poles, two fastest laps of the race and two race victories.

Unfortunately, it seemed like fame was out of reach for him: he failed to advance to Q2. However, the weather arrived just in time to aid him. Massive rainstorms flushed him up the order, as a superior wet weather drive allowed him to take his first victory of 2019 and, if he has anything to say about it, it will not be his last.

His victory pushes him ahead of the Saubers in the championship, as both of them made race-damaging errors, causing Sauber to lose out on a massive haul of points. They will have to wonder whether this could hurt them when the big two bring out upgrades.

The wet conditions enabled other heroes to shine. Santiago Urrutia made a name for himself, hauling a pathetic Williams-Mercedes to a points finish. The two FAST cars also scored a lot of points. Both BR Mansells could have scored as well, had Sirotkin not suffered a tragic race-ending engine failure shortly before the last lap.


11Sebastian VettelCaterham-Judd56:02.48915
234Valtteri BottasTheodore-Judd+24.87712
363Diego Álvarez TorrentePrecision-Mercedes+30.85510
423Pierre GaslyFAST-Mercedes+42.5028
524Kevin MagnussenFAST-Mercedes+44.5296
621Stoffel VandoorneHaas-Judd+46.6755
76Santiago UrrutiaWilliams-Mercedes+50.4494
855Artem MarkelovMansell-Mercedes+51.2863
932Alexander AlbonHolden+54.2582
1090Daniel RicciardoCalinetic-Holden+56.7261
1131Romain GrosjeanHolden+58.3930
1267Mike RockenfellerRed Bull-Ferrari+67.2610
1366Pascal WehrleinRed Bull-Ferrari+67.7060
14119Felix RosenqvistDawson-Holden+72.6260
1533Einar ÁrmannssonTheodore-Judd+76.1220
162Lewis HamiltonCaterham-Judd+20.039*0
17118Carlos Sainz JrDawson-Holden1 Lap0
185Marvin KirchhöferWilliams-Mercedes1 Lap0
1929Pastor MaldonadoSauber-Judd1 Lap0
2030Dean StonemanSauber-Judd1 Lap0
2191Max VerstappenCalinetic-Holden1 Lap0
2222Jordan DaviesHaas-Judd2 Laps0
DNF56Sergey SirotkinMansell-MercedesEngine0
DNF28Daniel MelroseFerrariTransmission0
DNF27Dave CassidyFerrariAccident0
DNF62Jules BianchiPrecision-MercedesAccident0

* given 60-second penalty for failing to undertake one of the required pitstops

Fastest Lap:

Pascal Wehrlein – 1:13.954

Infinite Improbability Drive Of The Race:

Santiago Urrutia – a drive all of Uruguay can be very proud of.

Reject Of The Race:

Jordan Davies – did not look like he belongs in F1 when rain drops.