Rain will mix things up America loves its sports, and autumn brings a cornucopia of action that stretches coast to coast, across purple mountain majesties and amber waves of grain, all taking place under spacious skies. As college football rivalries play out on Saturdays to whet fans’ appetites for NFL action on Sundays, amid the MLB playoffs and the start of the NBA and NHL seasons, motorsports remains very much in the mix.
And ignore IndyCar For decades, Formula One has been dubbed the "fastest R&D lab on Earth". The notion was that motor racing technology would sooner or later trickle down to the road car world. While that was certainly the case for some innovations and inventions, it was not necessarily true on a large scale. The challenges of Formula One were often too specific or the cost for industrial-scale production too high to introduce certain technologies in production vehicles. This, however, has changed in recent years.
Another 1-2 for Mercedes in Japanese GP Leading every lap from pole, Lewis Hamilton won the Japanese GP for the 4th time in the last five years. Valtteri Bottas held off a challenge from Max Verstappen to give Mercedes a 1-2 finish. Verstappen had contact with both Ferraris in the early laps but was quick despite a slightly damaged floor. Daniel Ricciardo drove from 15th on the grid to 4th while the choking Ferrari team could only manage 5th and 6th.
Mercedes 1-2 as Ferrari team chokes Lewis Hamilton has won the pole for the Japanese GP and his Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas will start alongside. Having topped every practice session as well, Hamilton put up a lap of 1m27.760s to beat Bottas by 0.299s and win his 80th F1 pole. The two Ferraris will start 4th (Raikkonen) and 9th (Vettel) after making huge errors on tire choice in the rain hit Q3 session. Max Verstappen was third, a massive 1.297s behind Hamilton.
Featured this week: Supporting the Race from Afar The Japanese Grand Prix marks the fifth to last event in the 2018 FIA Formula One World Championship, and fifth-place Haas F1 Team is eyeing Sunday’s race at the 5.807-kilometer (3.608-mile), 18-turn Suzuka Circuit as a strong opportunity to take fourth place in the constructors’ standings before heading home for the United States Grand Prix at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas. The layout of Suzuka is a figure-eight, and it is the only track in Formula One with such a configuration.
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