Japanese Grand Prix 2017: What we learned from Qualifying

RealSport takes a look at what we learned from today’s qualifying session at Japan’s Suzuka circuit, and how the Mercedes juggernaut steamrolls towards the title.

by Matt Ashman

Lewis Hamilton took his 71st career pole position in Japan earlier today, followed closely by his teammate Valtteri Bottas and the Ferrari of Sebastian Vettel. His pole today has meant he has started from the best spot on the grid at every track currently on the F1 calendar.

The big story of the day though was the ominous pace that Mercedes were showing at a track they were expected to be dominant, along with more engine penalties to convolute the grid. To break this down, and look at the other main talking points from qualifying, here is what we learned from Saturday in Suzuka.

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Matt Ashman