Rosberg clinches Constructor Championship – Japanese GP 2016
The Japanese Grand Prix was hands down the worst race I’ve watched this season. Practically nothing happened and there weren’t even any retirements. Literally the only noteworthy event about the race was that Mercedes clinched the Constructors’ Championship, though there was little doubt that they wouldn’t honestly.
- Nico Rosberg – Another unchallenged victory for Rosberg who managed to put 10 more points between himself and his team-mate.
- Max Verstappen – At least there’s nothing worth complaining about with Verstappen’s second place this time around.
- Lewis Hamilton – Had a terrible start and even went wide at one point which is why his final position was quite disappointing.
- Sebastian Vettel – After severa l rough patches in past GPs, Ferrari had a mostly flawless race.
- Kimi Räikkönen – Räikkönen bounced up from 8th with a good start.
- Daniel Ricciardo – Not only did Danny go wise but also suffered a slow pit-stop.
- Sergio Perez – Perez dropped quite a bit from the start.
- Nico “The Hülk” Hülkenberg – Nico improved marginally from the start. Combined with his team-mate Perez’s score, this was an okay (but definitely not a great) day for Force India.
- Felipe Massa – Another so-and-so performance from Williams.
- Valtteri Bottas – Ditto.
- Golden Pineapple Award: Romain Grosjean – Haas looked like they had a chance to get both cars on points today with both cars starting from the Top-10, though both cars then dropped off immediately at the start. A shame really.
- Jolyon Palmer – Another so-and-so race after scoring points for the very first time in the previous race, but since no-one retired, I suppose Renault can’t really hope to get too close.
- Daniil Kvyat – The Racing Russki has yet to have shown the same kind of fight he clearly had in Singapore.
- Kevin Magnussen – Ditto for Kevin what I said for Palmer.
- Marcus Ericsson – Rose ever so slightly. Again, Sauber are just freeriding for the rest of the season.
- Fernando Alonso – McLaren had a terrible day in the engine manufacturer’s home race for the second year in a row. At least McLaren were up-front about it as well.
- Carlos Sainz – Got passed by everyone today.
- Jenson Button – Not the sort of race I’d want to see from the soon-to-retire Button. I really wish he could leave his active F1 career on a high.
- Felipe Nasr – Ditto for “Steve” what I said for Ericsson.
- Esteban Gutierrez – As I mentioned in Grosjean’s entry, not Haas’s proudest moment, to fall from the Top-10 all the way to the back. In Esteban’s defence, he did spin out at one point.
- Esteban Ocon – Beat his team-mate. This is about the best Manor can do in a race like this, I’m still surprised there wasn’t a little more fight from them
- Dead Last: Pascal Wehrlein – Wehrlein mas now matched Ocon in the number of last-place finishes. Not sure why Pascal had such a weak showing this round. Better luck next time.