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Hamilton took Japanese GP pole as Vettel ninth after error

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Lewis Hamilton took pole position for the Japanese Grand Prix in a rain hit qualifying session. Valtteri Bottas was second fastest, ahead of Max Verstappen. Title contenders Ferrari and Vettel made mistakes at critical moments, resulted him 9th on the grid.

Hamilton secure his pole position in the first attempt of the final qualifying Q3 while Ferrari missed a chance to run in the dry as a result of team and driver mistakes.

The Italian outfit wrongly sent the drivers out on intermediate tyres in the dry at the start, and Vettel unsuccessful to get in a time after swapping to dry-weather ‘slick’ tyres. By the time of the final attempt, it was already raining hard so no-one improved.

“The call to go out for Q3 was the most difficult call and the team were just spot-on with it and gave us the opportunity to grab this pole position,” said the Pole master Hamilton, who celebrated his 80th F1 pole.

Hamilton added: “It is so difficult out there to make the right call. I think that’s another big difference that we as a team have made this year.

“Everyone has smart people but when it comes to being under pressure, and making the right decisions and right calls, that is why we are the best team in the world.”

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