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GP Week : Issue 229
Number of race retirements (Nasr was a classified finisher, despite not crossing the line) for only the fifth time in F1 history – the others were Netherlands 1961, USA 2005, Italy 2005 and Europe 2011 0 Russia will be the first Grand Prix in world championship history to feature two drivers (Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton) with 41 or more wins in the same race 41 Carlos Sainz has the edge over Max Verstappen in qualifying this year, despite Verstappen having nearly three times as many points 8-5 Both the top three on the grid and the top three in the race were identical to the 2014 Japanese Grand Prix 1-2-3 #JB17 Seconds – Lewis Hamilton’s fastest lap at Suzuka was over a full second clear of all other drivers 1.002 6.7 Km/h – He may have said it was like having a GP2 engine, but in reality Fernando Alonso’s McLaren-Honda was surprisingly close to the fastest trap speed in the Japanese GP. The gap in qualifying was 16.1km/h Tu nous manques Seconds – The difference between Nico Rosberg’s 2014 pole time and Nico Rosberg’s 2015 pole time 0.078 2 Of Lewis Hamilton’s 8 wins this year, only two of them (Italy and Japan) have been led from start-to-finish 32 GPWEEK.com // 32 GPWEEK.com // F1 >>> JAPAN PARTNERS: the numbers