Sebastian Vettel set the fastest lap of the race as he tried to regain the place he lost to Lewis Hamilton.
But Vettel’s lap time on soft tyres was only a few hundredths quicker than Hamilton was able to go on the harder compound. The Ferrari driver’s lap times dropped off significantly towards the end of the race as his tyres faded.
The extent to which race winner Nico Rosberg was able to cruise home is shown by the fact his fastest race lap was almost a second off the race’s best.
Haas also enjoyed one of their most competitive weekends of the year, qualifying in the top ten and setting the eighth-fastest lap. However both cars finished out of the points. Romain Grosjean reckoned they definitely could have added to their tally.
“I don’t think I’ve ever been as frustrated as today at the end of a race,” he said. “I thought we deserved much more.”
“With the pace of the car, I was much faster than the Williams’. We just got the life on the hard tyres wrong. We could have pitted earlier for the last stint, but overall the pace was amazing. It shows a lot of promise for the future.”
2016 Japanese Grand Prix lap times
All the lap times by the drivers (in seconds, very slow laps excluded). Scroll to zoom, drag to pan and toggle drivers using the control below:
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2016 Japanese Grand Prix fastest laps
Each driver’s fastest lap:
|Rank||Driver||Car||Fastest lap||Gap||On lap|
|3||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull-TAG Heuer||1’35.511||0.393||36|
|6||Max Verstappen||Red Bull-TAG Heuer||1’36.386||1.268||43|
|7||Sergio Perez||Force India-Mercedes||1’36.756||1.638||31|
|10||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India-Mercedes||1’37.351||2.233||39|
|11||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso-Ferrari||1’37.597||2.479||25|
|12||Carlos Sainz Jnr||Toro Rosso-Ferrari||1’37.723||2.605||41|
2016 Japanese Grand Prix
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