F1 Grand Prix Japan 2023 Report
On the weekend of Sept. 22-24, the Grand Prix of Japan took place at the Suzuka Circuit.
Qualifying in Japan
Logan Sargeant crashed in Q1, forcing him to qualify in last place. In Q2, the two Alpines dropped out and reserve driver Liam Lawson, who still managed to qualify handsomely in 11th. Teammate Yuki Tsunoda managed P9. Fernando Alonso also struggled and did not get beyond tenth place.
Max Verstappen took pole position gloriously in Japan, no one could come close to him. He set a 1:28.877, followed by number 2 Oscar Piastri with a 1:29.458. With that, Verstappen cut himself loose by almost 0.6 seconds. Third position on the grid is occupied by Lando Norris. McLaren is starting a strong weekend.
View the full results of Japan's qualifying session
Japanese Grand Prix
After the start, Lando Norris quickly grabs second position, dropping Oscar Piastri to P3. There is plenty happening behind and Bottas, Zhou and Albon get involved in crashes. Also, Sergio Perez taps Hamilton's Mercedes and soon had to go in for a new front wing. He did not keep this one in one piece for long, as he soon hit Kevin Magnussen. Again, the Mexican had to go in for a new wing and dropped out shortly thereafter. Later in the race, he did return to the track briefly to redeem his time penalty in order to go into the Qatar Grand Prix with a clean sheet. After this, he dropped out for good.
Both Mercedes cars were also battling each other, with George Russell the loser, finishing in P7. Lewis Hamilton managed P5. Unfortunately, Yuki Tusnoda also failed to get any points in his home race, even though he was allowed to start from ninth position.
Max Verstappen took the win, also giving Red Bull Racing the constructors' title. Lando Norris took P2 and Oscar Piastri earned his first podium, finishing in P3.
View the full results of the Japanese Grand Prix here