Just today, Lewis Hamilton qualified sixth in the FP2 at Suzuka, along with George Russell at eighth. Although Mercedes demonstrated great performance in Friday\’s rainy practice, rain is expected for the race as well. Therefore, Lewis Hamilton has acknowledged that the weather will significantly determine Mercedes\’ chances of victory in Sunday\’s Japanese Grand Prix, with rain perhaps working in the British driver\’s favor.

Max Verstappen grabbed the pole at the Japanese Grand Prix on Saturday\’s qualifying. Meanwhile, Hamilton qualified sixth as Mercedes struggled to keep up with Red Bull and Ferrari. George Russell could only manage eighth. Thus, they are now forced to sit in the third and fourth rows alongside Alpine. Although despite the rainy circumstances, Russell outperformed Hamilton in the second practice on Friday. The seven-time world champion expressed some confidence after the second practice, but Sunday is expected to bring more rainy.


However, both drivers were aware of the shortcomings of their clumsy W13 in the dry during qualifying. Verstappen took the pole position, and Hamilton finished sixth, over a second off of that pace. Russell was two spots and a little over a tenth farther down. Hamilton also discussed his expectations for the Japanese Grand Prix on Sunday. According to him, the team will depend on the weather prediction. He claimed that Mercedes didn\’t appear that horrible despite the damp weather. They ought to be a little closer, so either way is possible. However, he is hoping for a better racing outcome.

Rain is expected during the Suzuka race, albeit the severity and timing of the showers may vary by the hour. So, Hamilton pointed out the possible opportunities brought on by the weather front that it opens up greater possibilities. Meanwhile, tire deterioration has been one of the few areas where Mercedes has occasionally outperformed Red Bull and Ferrari this season. The team thinks the Suzuka track\’s abrasiveness might also help them in the competition.

Max Verstappen Takes Pole At The Japanese Grand Prix!

Red Bull driver Max Verstappen secured the pole position for the Japanese Grand Prix on Saturday, taking the lead in the championship by a wide margin. In this weekend in Suzuka, he is hoping to win his second consecutive world championship. The Red Bull driver has set the fastest time in dry weather with a timing of 1 minute, 29.304 seconds. His closest title competitor, Charles Leclerc of Ferrari, was only 0.010 seconds behind him. Third place went to Carlos Sainz in the other Ferrari.


However, Verstappen may be in trouble when the stewards announce they will look into a collision between the Dutch driver and Lando Norris of McLaren. Regardless of his competitors, Verstappen can win the championship on Sunday if he posts the quickest lap.

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