Max Verstappen will start right behind the Pole Man Lewis Hamilton, who will start first for the 80th time in his career. Bad day for Daniel Ricciardo, who, thanks to some flames coming from his RB14's exhaust, will start 15th, and all the Pit Lane heard how frustated the Aussie driver was.
If Ricciardo is dealing with Renault's PU issues, Max Verstappen can only celebrate Toro Rosso and Honda's big result in their home GP, as Brendon Hartley and Pierre Gasly qualified, respectively, 6th and 7th.
Pirelli has brought three types of compounds for the Japanese Grand Prix, white Medium, yellow Soft, red SuperSoft. Here's which compounds every driver still has available for the race.
Pirelli also revealed the quickest strategy for the race:
TWO EQUALLY QUICKEST STRATEGIES ONE-STOPPER: 1 stint on soft for 25 laps + 1 stint on medium to the flag
ONE-STOPPER: 1 stint on medium for 28 laps + 1 stint on soft to the flag
QUITE CLOSE ONE-STOPPER: 1 stint on supersoft for 20 laps + 1 stint on medium to the flag
SLOWER TWO-STOPPER: 1 stint on supersoft for 14 laps + 2 stints on soft (19+20 laps)
Here's the starting Grid for the Japanese Grand Prix.
|1st row||1° - Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes - 1.27.760s||2° - Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes - 1.28.059s|
|2nd row||3° - Max Verstappen, Red Bull - 1.29.057s||4° - Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari - 1.29.521s|
|3rd row||5° - Romain Grosjean, Haas - 1.29.761s||6° - Brendon Hartley, Toro Rosso - 1.30.023s|
|4th row||7° - Pierre Gasly, Toro Rosso - 1.30.093s||8° - Esteban Ocon, Force India - 1.30.126s|
|5th row||9° - Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari - 1.32.192s||10° - Sergio Perez, Force India - 1.37.229s|
|6th row||11° - Charles Leclerc, AF Sauber - 1.29.864s||12° -Kevin Magnussen, Haas - 1.30.226s|
|7th row||13° - Carlos Sainz, Renault - 1.30.490s||14° - Lance Stroll, Williams, 1.30.714s|
|8th row||15° - Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull - no time||16° - Nico Hulkenberg, Renault - 1.30.361s|
|9th row||17° - Sergey Sirotkin, Williams - 1.30.372s||18° - Fernando Alonso, McLaren - 1.30.573s|
|10th row||19° - Stoffel Vandoorne, McLaren - 1.31.041s||20° - Marcus Ericsson, AF Sauber - 1.31.213s|