It’s the 10th October 2010 and this is F1Minute for the Japanese Grand Prix.
After a postponed qualifying that took place on Sunday morning, Vettel lined up first on pole position, followed by his teammate Webber. As the teams made their way to the grid, Lucas di Grassi crashed off into the wall. No one is saying why - Virgin say there’s nothing wrong with the car, and Lucas says he didn’t have any problems, and wasn’t going too fast. Very odd. On the first lap, four drivers retired - Petrov burst forward, swiped sideways and took out Liuzzi, whilst Massa ran off track and took Hülkenberg with him. A chaotic start to the race.
After that, things calmed down. Vettel continued to lead, Hamilton found himself struggling without third gear after his new gearbox wasn’t exactly up to scratch. Red Bull took a 1-2 win, with Alonso joining them on the podium. The top five drivers still remain in contention for the championship, but McLaren are falling behind.
Finally, Petrov has been handed a five place grid drop for Korea for the erratic first corner incident.
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