2013 Formula 1 Japanese Grand Prix Qualifying result
Japanese GP, which is the only figure-of-eight track on the calendar, has decided most F1 World Champions in history. And once again, it is on the verge of deciding yet another Champion. Vettel can mathematically wrap things up if he finishes first and Alonso finishes 9th or lower.
Hamilton too seemed happy with his qualifying as he said, “I am really happy with P3 on the grid and the team has done a great job this weekend, so thank you to everybody for their hard work. It seems to me that we have a better package here than we’ve had for a while and the car felt awesome to drive.”
Ferrari’s Alonso qualified 8th. He said, “Today’s result is more or less what we were expecting, not having had a great pace all weekend, always being between sixth and tenth and even in Q3, I could not do more.” Kimi managed to take the 9th spot. He said, “The car has felt much better here than it has in recent races; even if we don’t have a better position on the grid for tomorrow. A small mistake on my quick lap cost me a little bit of time and it’s very close here, so a small amount lost can mean quite a few positions dropped.”
Sahara Force India drivers, Paul di Resta and Adrian Sutil qualified at 12th and 17th place. Robert Fernley, Force India deputy team principal, said, “Suzuka has been quite a challenge for us this year, but the changes we made overnight were a step in the right direction and improved the drivability of the car. An accident for Adrian halfway through FP3 was unfortunate and although the mechanics did a fantastic job of repairing his car, he was on the back foot going into qualifying. On the other side of the garage Paul was in better shape and showed very strong pace in Q1 and Q2. In the end he was unlucky to miss out on a place in Q3, but he’s done enough to be firmly in the battle for points tomorrow. We’re feeling quite optimistic about our race pace and tyre life, and if we get the strategy right we can take the fight to the cars ahead of us.”