The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - - SPORT -

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

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