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Van­doorne was 0.468s slower than Alonso in Q1. But to that we have to add the caveat that he missed FP1 to al­low Lando Nor­ris a first taste of Suzuka. Van­doorne’s race drive was qui­etly de­cent, and he fin­ished in the traf­fic jam be­hind the ob­sti­nate Eric­s­son – just be­hind Alonso. Satur­day brought the usual or­der of out­pac­ing Van­doorne fol­lowed by hy­per­bole (it was Alonso’s best Suzuka lap, ap­par­ently). But Alonso baf­flingly be­lieved he could get away with keep­ing the throt­tle nailed af­ter be­ing forced off-track by Stroll. This mo­ment com­pro­mised his race.



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