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The 2016 Japanese Grand Prix (formally known as the 2016 Formula 1 Emirates Japanese Grand Prix)[1] was a Formula One motor race that was held on 9 October 2016 at the Suzuka Circuit in Suzuka, Mie, Japan. The race marked the 42nd running of the Japanese Grand Prix, the 30th time it has been held at Suzuka (28th time as a World Championship round), and the 32nd time that the race has been run as a World Championship event since the F1 inaugural season in 1950.

2016 Japanese Grand Prix
Race 17 of 21 in the 2016 Formula One World Championship
Suzuka circuit map--2005.svg
Race details[1]
Date 9 October 2016 (2016-10-09)
Official name 2016 Formula 1 Emirates Japanese Grand Prix
Location Suzuka Circuit, Suzuka, Mie Prefecture, Japan
Course Permanent racing facility
Course length 5.807 km (3.608 mi)
Distance 53 laps, 307.573 km (191.117 mi)
Weather Cloudy
Attendance 145,000 (Weekend) [2]
Pole position
Driver Mercedes
Time 1:30.647
Fastest lap
Driver Germany Sebastian Vettel Ferrari
Time 1:35.118 on lap 36
Podium
First Mercedes
Second Red Bull Racing-TAG Heuer
Third Mercedes

Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg entered the round with a twenty-three-point lead over teammate Lewis Hamilton in the World Drivers' Championship. Rosberg started the race from pole position and won the race, extending his championship lead to thirty-three points as Hamilton finished third behind Max Verstappen. Before the race, Mercedes held a 194-point lead over Red Bull Racing in the World Constructors' Championship, and with forty points for first and third places, secured their third consecutive title. In the Drivers' Championship, the field of title contenders has narrowed to just two (Rosberg and Hamilton) after the race. It turned out to be Nico Rosberg's final Grand Prix pole and victory, as he announced his retirement in December.

ReportEdit

BackgroundEdit

Sebastian Vettel entered the race with a three-place grid penalty for his role in causing an avoidable collision on the opening lap of the previous race.[3]

RaceEdit

Lewis Hamilton fell to 8th at the start of the race due to a bad start which was compounded by being on the wetter side of the grid. For the second year in succession in the Japanese Grand Prix, all entrants were classified as having finished the race.

After the race, Nico Rosberg had enough lead in the World Drivers' Championship to win the title, even if Hamilton won all the remaining 4 races and he finished in second place every time - with this scenario happening, Rosberg won the title with a narrow 5 points lead (385 points, compared to Hamilton's 380).

ClassificationEdit

QualifyingEdit

Pos. Car
no.
Driver Constructor Qualifying times Final
grid
Q1 Q2 Q3
1 6   Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:31.858 1:30.714 1:30.647 1
2 44   Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:32.218 1:31.129 1:30.660 2
3 7   Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 1:31.674 1:31.406 1:30.949 81
4 5   Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:31.659 1:31.227 1:31.028 62
5 33   Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing-TAG Heuer 1:32.487 1:31.489 1:31.178 3
6 3   Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Racing-TAG Heuer 1:32.538 1:31.719 1:31.240 4
7 11   Sergio Pérez Force India-Mercedes 1:32.682 1:32.237 1:31.961 5
8 8   Romain Grosjean Haas-Ferrari 1:32.458 1:32.176 1:31.961 7
9 27   Nico Hülkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1:32.448 1:32.200 1:32.142 9
10 21   Esteban Gutiérrez Haas-Ferrari 1:32.620 1:32.155 1:32.547 10
11 77   Valtteri Bottas Williams-Mercedes 1:32.383 1:32.315 11
12 19   Felipe Massa Williams-Mercedes 1:32.562 1:32.380 12
13 26   Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:32.645 1:32.623 13
14 55   Carlos Sainz Jr. Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:32.789 1:32.685 14
15 14   Fernando Alonso McLaren-Honda 1:32.819 1:32.689 15
16 30   Jolyon Palmer Renault 1:32.796 1:32.807 16
17 22   Jenson Button McLaren-Honda 1:32.851 223
18 20    Kevin Magnussen Renault 1:33.023 17
19 9   Marcus Ericsson Sauber-Ferrari 1:33.222 18
20 12   Felipe Nasr Sauber-Ferrari 1:33.332 19
21 31   Esteban Ocon MRT-Mercedes 1:33.353 20
22 94   Pascal Wehrlein MRT-Mercedes 1:33.561 211
107% time: 1:38.075
Source:[4]
Notes

RaceEdit

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 6   Nico Rosberg Mercedes 53 1:26:43.333 1 25
2 33   Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing-TAG Heuer 53 +4.978 3 18
3 44   Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 53 +5.776 2 15
4 5   Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 53 +20.269 6 12
5 7   Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 53 +28.370 8 10
6 3   Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Racing-TAG Heuer 53 +33.941 4 8
7 11   Sergio Pérez Force India-Mercedes 53 +57.495 5 6
8 27   Nico Hülkenberg Force India-Mercedes 53 +59.177 9 4
9 19   Felipe Massa Williams-Mercedes 53 +1:37.763 12 2
10 77   Valtteri Bottas Williams-Mercedes 53 +1:38.323 11 1
11 8   Romain Grosjean Haas-Ferrari 53 +1:39.254 7
12 30   Jolyon Palmer Renault 52 +1 Lap 16
13 26   Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso-Ferrari 52 +1 Lap 13
14 20    Kevin Magnussen Renault 52 +1 Lap 17
15 9   Marcus Ericsson Sauber-Ferrari 52 +1 Lap 18
16 14   Fernando Alonso McLaren-Honda 52 +1 Lap 15
17 55   Carlos Sainz Jr. Toro Rosso-Ferrari 52 +1 Lap 14
18 22   Jenson Button McLaren-Honda 52 +1 Lap 22
19 12   Felipe Nasr Sauber-Ferrari 52 +1 Lap 19
20 21   Esteban Gutiérrez Haas-Ferrari 52 +1 Lap 10
21 31   Esteban Ocon MRT-Mercedes 52 +1 Lap 20
22 94   Pascal Wehrlein MRT-Mercedes 52 +1 Lap 21
Source:[5]

Championship standings after the raceEdit

  • Bold text indicates who still had a theoretical chance of becoming World Champion.
  • Note: Only the top five positions are included for the sets of standings.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Japan". formula1.com. Retrieved 2 October 2016.
  2. ^ https://www.formula1.com/en/latest/headlines/2017/12/f1-spectator-figures-for-2017-hit-four-million.html
  3. ^ a b Benson, Andrew (2 October 2016). "Malaysian GP: Sebastian Vettel given three-place grid penalty for Japan". BBC Sport. Sepang, Malaysia: BBC. Retrieved 3 October 2016.
  4. ^ "2016 Formula 1 Emirates Japanese Grand Prix – Qualifying". Formula1.com. Formula One World Championship Limited. 8 October 2016. Retrieved 8 October 2016.
  5. ^ "2016 Formula 1 Emirates Japanese Grand Prix – Race Result". Formula1.com. Formula One World Championship Limited. 9 October 2016. Retrieved 9 October 2016.
  6. ^ a b "Japan 2016 - Championship • STATS F1". www.statsf1.com. Retrieved 18 March 2019.

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