RICCIARDO TO START FROM THIRD
RED Bull Formula One pair Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen will start from third and fourth on the grid at today’s Japanese Grand Prix in Suzuka.
Championship leader Lewis Hamilton seized pole position with a dominant display in qualifying.
The Briton lapped the Suzuka circuit yesterday in 1min27.319sec in his Mercedes, the outright fastest at the 5.8-km track, to finish well clear of his rivals for his first pole in Japan.
It is Hamilton’s 10th pole of the season, extending his record carer tally to 71. Teammate Valtteri Bottas set the second-fastest time but will drop five places to seventh after collecting a penalty for an unscheduled gearbox change.
That will elevate Ferrari rival Sebastian Vettel to the front row. Ricciardo and Verstappen also benefit, each moving up one spot to start from the second row. WATCH THE JAPANESE GRAND PRIX LIVE ON FOX SPORTS