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Mercedes slapped with fine as Red Bull bet revealed - RacingNews365 Review

Check out the biggest stories from Saturday April 6th - Japanese Grand Prix qualifying day - with the RacingNews365 Review!

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Mercedes fined

In an otherwise trouble-free qualifying for the Japanese Grand Prix, the only major incident involved George Russell and Oscar Piastri in Q1.

Both Mercedes were released from the garage just as Piastri was trundling down the pit-lane in his McLaren, and had to take avoiding action to prevent a crash.

It drew the attention of the stewards, who promptly summoned both drivers after they had qualified ninth and sixth, respectively.

Mercedes was slapped with a fine for its role as Russell was not penalised.

READ MORE: Stewards reveal verdict in Russell-Piastri Japan investigation

Perez's bet with Horner

Sergio Perez secured a first career top-three start at Suzuka, narrowly being pipped to pole by team-mate Max Verstappen by just 0.066s.

The Mexican has upped his qualifying performances in 2024, and a revealed a bet with team boss Christian Horner that leaves Perez quids in and Horner out of pocket...

READ MORE: Perez reveals sources of Red Bull rarity: 'Now you see how to motivate me'

Leclerc's worrying assessment

Charles Leclerc is not comfortable in the Ferrari - and was out-qualified once again by team-mate Carlos Sainz.

The Monegasque had only one lap in Q3 after a messy qualifying and had no apparent reasons to hand when he faced media, including RacingNews365.

READ MORE: Leclerc gives worrying Ferrari assessment after difficult Japan qualifying

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After the dust settled in Japan, RacingNews365's Nick Golding and Ian Parkes got together to talk all things qualifying.

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