GPI 2016 Japanese Grand Prix - Page 140

QUALIFYING REPORT It meant that while the Mercedes drivers were secure enough in their times to remain in the garage as the session wound down, Verstappen and Ricciardo went out on soft tyres, just in case. However, as the times around them did not decrease significantly neither required improvement and they abandoned their final runs. Vettel, then, topped the session ahead of Raikkonen, Rosberg and Hamilton. Bottas took P5 ahead of Force India’s Nico Hulkenberg, while Romain Grosjean was seventh. Verstappen took eighth ahead of Ricciardo and tenth place went to Felipe Massa. At the rear of the field, McLaren’s Jenson Button was eliminated in P17 ahead of Renault’s Kevin Magnussen, the Sauber’s of Marcus Ericsson and Felipe Nasr and the Manors of Esteban Ocon and Pascal Wehrlein. As has become their trademark, the Mercedes duo were immediately out on track when the lights went green to signal the start of Q2. The pair were evenly matched through the first sector, with Rosberg only four hundredths of a second quicker than Hamilton.