Pit lane start for Kubica after Q1 crash

Michelle Foster


Robert Kubica will start the Japanese Grand Prix as Williams had to change his chassis following his Q1 crash.

The Polish driver brought out the red flags in Sunday morning’s qualifying when he touched the grass and steered into the barriers at the final corner.

“I paid a high price for a relatively small off,” he said.

“I was on the grass and the wall came quite quickly.”

Thankfully Williams, despite being short on parts, do have enough to change Kubica’s chassis and rebuild the car but it does mean a pit lane start for the driver.

Q1 also saw Kevin Magnussen crash his Haas, same spot, as a gust of wind sent the Dane into the barriers.

He’ll start P19.

Meanwhile it is a Ferrari 1-2 at the front after Sebastian Vettel claimed pole position ahead of Charles Leclerc.

Mercedes make up the second row with Valtteri Bottas in front of Lewis Hamilton.

The revised grid
1 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:27.064
2 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 0.189s
3 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 0.229s
4 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 0.238s
5 Max Verstappen Red Bull 0.787s
6 Alex Albon Red Bull 0.787s
7 Carlos Sainz McLaren 1.240s
8 Lando Norris McLaren 1.400s
9 Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso 1.772s
10 Romain Grosjean Haas 2.277s
11 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo 1:29.254
12 Lance Stroll Racing Point 1:29.345
13 Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo 1:29.358
14 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso 1:29.563
15 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1:30.112
16 Daniel Ricciardo Renault 1:29.822
17 Sergio Perez Racing Point 1:30.344
18 George Russell Williams 1:30.364
19 Kevin Magnussen Haas no time set
Pit lane Robert Kubica Williams no time set

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