Hard-Fought Race at Suzuka Nets Minor Points for the Team
Lining up on the fourth row of the grid, Lewis suffered early contact from Sergio Perez at the start; fortunately he suffered no obvious damage, although both Lewis and George dropped a position on the opening lap.
Lewis was able to run a conventional two-stop strategy, stopping on lap 16 and lap 34 for the Hard tyre on each occasion.
George was able to attempt the one-stop strategy, boxing for the Hard compound on lap 24.
Despite a valiant effort, George was unable to keep the fresher-tyred cars behind. A team effort to get both cars ahead of Carlos Sainz ultimately proved too much but Lewis was able to secure P5, representing a good recovery from the first lap on a day when we struggled for outright pace.
Congratulations to Red Bull Racing who secured the 2023 World Constructors’ Championship. We now hold a 20-point advantage over Ferrari for second.