JapaneseGP: A great recovery, but without reward

A truly fantastic recovery drive from Fernando Alonso, coming from last to 11th, but just about without reward as he has to let the leaders through in the last lap before getting the chance to attack Massa for points.

“We started 20th and we finished 11th, with a good recovery, with only one pit-stop, and starting on a used set of tyres. That was a pretty huge effort from everyone on the team. After the penalty on Friday night, due to the engine change, I think we deserved that one point – we fought hard for it.

“It was an unlucky situation with Felipe towards the end of the race. He was struggling a lot with his tyres when the Virtual Safety Car came out. That meant he could breathe a little bit during those laps. Then, in the last two laps, the leaders of the race caught up with us, and Felipe again missed out on an attack, and ultimately took the point for 10th place.

“We’ll try again in Austin. Hopefully with no penalties. And from our usual grid position. And with some better luck…”

Formula 1 2017 Japanese GP Race Results
# Driver Team Gap Points
1. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:27:31.194 25
2. Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing TAG Heuer +1.211s 18
3. Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Racing TAG Heuer +9.679s 15
4. Valtteri Bottas Mercedes +10.580s 12
5. Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari +32.622s 10
6. Esteban Ocon Force India Mercedes +67.788s 8
7. Sergio Perez Force India Mercedes +71.424s 6
8. Kevin Magnussen Haas Ferrari +88.953s 4
9. Romain Grosjean Haas Ferrari +89.883s 2
10. Felipe Massa Williams Mercedes +1 lap 1
11. Fernando Alonso McLaren Honda +1 lap 0