Ericsson’s drive to 12th was impressive considering he stopped for mediums under the early safety car and ran to the end. But the Q1 crash was what defined his hopes, forcing him onto the unusual strategy. Rear-ending team-mate Leclerc at the safety-car restart was unfortunate. Leclerc found Suzuka a challenging circuit to get on top of, but he did so well, even though a mistake cost him a Q3 place the car had the pace to achieve. He was understandably unhappy with Magnussen’s move on the straight, which forced him onto an alternative strategy.