6 Stroll qualified well, reaching Q2 after shading Sirotkin. His race was a little messy, notably running wide at the exit of 130R, then shoving Alonso off the track at the chicane while trying to repulse the resulting attack. Stroll’s pace was decent but scruffy moments didn’t help him.
7 While Stroll had the edge in quali, Sirotkin did pick up a fraction more rain in the final sector. He drove a good race in difficult circumstances after pitting under the safety car and managed to beat
Stroll by a few seconds. A decent weekend’s work on his first visit to Suzuka.