Red Bull still the strongest, Ferrari in difficulty

Red Bull still the strongest, Ferrari in difficulty

As during the last free practice session, Red Bull showed its superiority by placing its two cars in the first two places. Behind, we find Lando Norris while the Ferraris have not regained their rhythm from the start of the weekend.

Max Verstappen took his 36th career pole position this Saturday morning on the Suzuka circuit in Japan, the third in a row in the Land of the Rising Sun. After two first free practice sessions without forcing, the three-time world champion started the second and will therefore start in the lead for this Grand Prix, the start of which is scheduled for this Sunday at 7 a.m. Just behind the Batavian, Sergio Perez almost played a bad trick on his teammate during the final loop but ultimately settled for second place by six hundredths. The McLaren team also showed that it remained competitive on this track as it managed to place Lando Norris in third place.

Change of scenery however at Ferrari. In the wake of an incredible double two weeks ago in Australia, the Italian team hoped to continue its good vibes and its start to the weekend here in Asia tried to confirm it. Unfortunately, the third free practice session this Saturday morning had already dampened the hopes of Frédéric Vasseur’s team. Still qualified in Q3, Carlos Sainz and Charles Leclerc did not really shine and finished in fourth and eighth places. The disappointment was indeed present on the side of the Monegasque who, on the microphone of Canal + after the qualifying session, confided his incomprehension about the performance of his car and its lack of grip. Like Ferrari, Mercedes once showed great things but without succeeding in materializing it when the time came.

It’s not yet there for Alpine

The Alpine team arrived in Japan with improvements after its poor start to the season. For the moment, these advances are not noticeable in the rankings. In line with the free practices, the French engine manufacturer did not weigh in these qualifications. The only small satisfaction this Saturday morning: Esteban Ocon’s passage into Q2. It’s very meager but for the moment, we’re happy with little at Alpine. The Norman will start from 15th place.

“Before the session, looking at the data, we didn’t think we could get into Q2,” the driver admitted to Canal +. We finally succeeded, so that’s a satisfaction. However, this is obviously not enough even if we managed to improve during the qualifying session. We have to continue the work but things will have to happen on the track, such as a safety car, for example, to pick up points. »

His teammate Pierre Gasly was not so lucky. The former Alpha Tauri driver will start in 17th position due to numerous slippages. “I have the impression that we are overheating the tires much too early in the lap,” conceded the No. 10, still speaking to Canal +. We’ll see what we could have done better. » See you this Sunday from 7 a.m. for the race.

Deixe um comentário

O seu endereço de e-mail não será publicado. Campos obrigatórios são marcados com *