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GP of Japan: Hamilton (Mercedes) in pole position in front of Vettel (Ferrari)

Ⓒ AFP – Toshifumi KITAMURA – | Britain’s Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) raised the pole position of the Japanese GP on the Suzuka circuit on 7 October 2017

Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes), leader of the championship, signed Saturday the pole position of the Grand Prix of Japan, the 71st of his career, and will start Sunday at the circuit of Suzuka before his rival for the title, German Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari).

Vettel made the 3rd qualifying time behind Valtteri Bottas’ Mercedes, but took advantage of the 5-point penalty inflicted on the Finn to get to the front row. The Red Bull of the Australian Daniel Ricciardo and the Dutch Max Verstappen will start in second line. The Finn Kimi Räikkönen (Ferrari) took five penalty places and will occupy the 11th position on the starting grid on Sunday. The Frenchman Esteban Ocon takes advantage of the penalties inflicted on Bottas and Raikkonen to raise his Indian Force in 5th position on the grid.

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