Lewis Hamilton started on pole in wet conditions, 19 points behind Mercedes teammate and Row-1 neighbor Nico Rosberg in the driver championship. A Rosberg win would clinch the title for him. Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari) started third and Max Verstappen (Red Bull) fourth. Rosberg’s front-row start was his 19th of 2016, a new single-season record.
The race began behind the safety car, with full action beginning with Lap 8. Verstappen took third early in the lap. He pitted with the safety car ba...
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Paul Dalla Lana and Pedro Lamy (#98 Aston Martin Racing Vantage) took pole in GTE Am. Andy Priaulx and Harry Tincknell (#67 Ford Chip Ganassi Racing GT) topped GTE Pro, with their teammate in the #66 lining up second.
LMP2’s Top 3 qualifiers were the #44 Manor Racing Oreca 05-Nissan, the #36 Signatech Alpine Nissan, and the #30 Extreme Speed Motorsports Ligier JS P2-Nissan.
The #1 Team Porsche 919 Hybrid (Mark Webber and Brendon Hartley) led the field to the green t...
Lewis Hamilton took pole over Mercedes teammate and championship leader Nico Rosberg. Red Bull Racing made up Row 2, with Daniel Ricciardo starting P3 on supersoft tires (vs. the softs both in front of him and on teammate Max Verstappen’s car). The Ferraris of Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen lined up in Row 3.
Ricciardo pushed for second in Turn 1 and took it through the next turn at Circuit of the Americas. Ricciardo pitted during Lap 9 to take off the supersofts and change to softs....
The #7 Audi Sport Team Joest R18 started on pole, but all three LMP1 makes led at some point early in the race. The #7 retired during the first hour, race officials determining that its drive-train was out of homologation.
Leaders half way in were the #8 Audi, the #42 Strakka Racing Gibson-Nissan (LMP2), the #66 Ford Chip Ganassi Racing Team UK GT (GTE Pro), and the #98 Aston Martin Racing Vantage (GTE Am).
Competition at the front of the field was extremely tight, the #6 Toyota Gazoo R...
Mercedes came to Japan looking to clinch its third consecutive constructors championship. Nico Rosberg held a 23-point lead on his Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton. Rosberg started on pole, followed by Hamilton. The Red Bulls of Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo occupied Row 2.
Verstappen passed Hamilton for second at the start. Sergio Perez (Force India) took third from him in the first corner. Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari) passed Perez for P3 during Lap 3. Rosberg held a 5.7-sec lead on Versta...
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Mark Webber (#1 Porsche 919) took second in Turn 1 of the first lap from Loic Duval (#8 Audi R18) who was playing defense for his pole-sitting teammate Marcel Fassler (#7). Duval retook P2 three minutes in. Marco Sorensen (#98 Aston Martin Vantage V8), led Davide Rigon (#71 Ferrari 488 GTE) and Stefan Mucke (#66 Ford GT) in early GTE Pro competition. The #44 Manor (Roberto Mehri) passed the pole-sitting #36 Signatech Alpine (Nicolas Lapierre) to take first in LMP2. Kevin Es...
The Porsches jumped from the second GT row to P2 and P3 at the start, the #62 Ferrari remaining in the lead and Ryan Briscoe falling to fourth in the #67 Ford GT. Ricky Taylor led overall after the first lap, followed by Tristan Nunez and Joel Miller in the Mazdas.
The two Action Express Corvette DPs collided in Turn 14 with 2 hr 26 min left (out of 2:45), but both remained in competition. The #31 received a drive-through penalty for initiating the contact.
Twenty minutes into the race Taylor ...
#7 Audi R18, Marcel Fassler, Andre Lotterer, Benoit Treluyer – 1:45.750
#8 Audi R18, Lucas Di Grassi, Loic Duval, Oliver Jarvis, +0.233
#1 Porsche 919 Hybrid, Timo Bernhard, Mark Webber, Brendon Hartley, +0.810
#6 Toyota TS050 Hybrid, Stephane Sarrazin, Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi, +1.468
#36 Signatech Alpine A460-Nissan, Gustavo Menezes, Nicolas Lapierre, Stephane Richelmi – 1:55.892
#44 Manor Oreca 05-Nissan, Matthew Rao, Richard Bradley, Roberto Merhi &...
Ricky Taylor, #10 Wayne Taylor Motorsport Corvette DP – 1:58.712
Tristan Nunez, #55 Mazda Motorsports Prototype – 1:58.715
Joel Miller, #70 Mazda Motorsports Prototype – 1:59.120
Prototype Challenge (all Oreca FLM09-Chevrolet):
R. Alon, #52 PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports – 2:01.847
J. Gutierrez, #7 Starworks Motorsport – 2:02.272
Alex Popow, #8 Starworks Motorsport – 2:02.274
GT Le Mans:
Ryan Briscoe, #66 Ford Chip Ganassi Racing ...
Photo: Oliver Jarvis shortly before putting his car on the outside of the front row.
Marc Lieb – Championship leading #2 Porsche Team 919 Hybrid
On the level of intra-team competition: “Well it was clear by the end of this race last year that we had to fall back and help the #1 win the championship. Coming into the race this year those roles are somewhat reversed. But it is important that we both do as well as possible. It is a team sport in the end and we are driving for Porsche...