Sebastian Vettel made an epic lap at Suzuka on Sunday because his Ferrari took pole position to its typhoon-affected Japanese Grand Prix before teammate Charles Leclerc.
“I believe we are quite amazed, we did not anticipate that, a leading row lock-out. Appreciated it,” explained Vettel who made an ideal lap to outqualify his teammate for the first time in 10 races because the Canadian Grand Prix in June.
“Pole wasn’t possible, Seb was too fast,” said Leclerc. “Congratulations to him” The Mercedes pair was always quickest in Friday practice, also at the first two qualifying sessions on Sunday, but had no response to Ferrari as it mattered.
“We always understood Ferrari could have something in the book to turn up things,” explained Bottas. “Nothing is lost however, let us see in a couple of hours.” The session kicked off what has been being filmed”Suzuka Super Sunday” comprising both qualifying and the race due to the track was safely secured down Saturday since Typhoon Hagibis roared past.
It was just the fifth time in Formula One history that qualifying had happened on a Sunday, and the next time in Suzuka following the 2004 and 2010 race weekends were disrupted by inclement weather.
The race begins as initially scheduled at 2.10 pm (0510 GMT) following a condensed weekend where Saturday’s third practice session has been canceled and qualifying altered to Sunday morning.
The blowy conditions captured out a couple of drivers using Robert Kubica getting the first casualty at the beginning of qualifying.
The Williams driver ran wide in the tailwind at turn 18 and hauled his Williams to the obstacles contrary to the pit lane at the onset of his first flying lap to bring a red flag.
No sooner had the session been declared afterward Kevin Magnussen piled his Haas to the barriers in virtually precisely the same spot to bring a second red flag.
Daniel Ricciardo was the first significant surprise of the afternoon as his Renault fought with all balance the gusts and may just clock 16th quickest to be removed from the very first semester.