Top ten pictures from the 2018 Japanese Grand Prix

Ten of the best pictures which tell the story of the 2018 Japanese Grand Prix weekend.

Bianchi tribute

Sebastian Vettel passes a tribute to Jules Bianchi, Suzuka, 2018Sebastian Vettel, passes a tribute to Jules Bianchi, Suzuka, 2018

Sebastian Vettel passes a tribute left for Jules Bianchi, who died from injuries sustained in a crash at the Dunlop Curves four years ago.

Toro Rosso fans

Toro Rosso fans, Suzuka, 2018Toro Rosso fans, Suzuka, 2018

Now with Honda power, Toro Rosso became the home favourites at Suzuka.

Pierre Gasly

Pierre Gasly, Toro Rosso, Suzuka, 2018Pierre Gasly, Toro Rosso, Suzuka, 2018

The huge loads on the cars at Degner always creates spectacular shots.

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Sebastian Vettel

Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari, Suzuka, 2018Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari, Suzuka, 2018

The championship pressure took its toll on Vettel and Ferrari during the weekend. In qualifying both cars were sent onto a dry track with intermediate tyres. They rejoined the track on slicks but two mistakes by Vettel left him eighth on the grid.

Esteban Ocon

Esteban Ocon, Force India, Suzuka, 2018Esteban Ocon, Force India, Suzuka, 2018

The fans stayed late on Friday night, illuminating the stands with glowsticks.

Aguri Suzuki

Aguri Suzuki, Benetton B189, classic F1 parade, Suzuka, 2018Aguri Suzuki, Benetton B189, classic F1 parade, Suzuka, 2018

A collection of classic F1 machines took to the track ahead of the race including a Benetton B189 of the type Alessandro Nannini used to score his only F1 victory in the 1989 Japanese Grand Prix, following Ayrton Senna’s controversial disqualification. Mika Hakkinen also drove the McLaren he won the race with 20 years ago, clinching his first world championship.

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Start

Start, Suzuka, 2018Start, Suzuka, 2018

While Lewis Hamilton held his lead at the start a rapid getaway by Vettel raised hopes he might be able to make a fight of it.

Kevin Magnussen

Kevin Magnussen, Haas, Suzuka, 2018Kevin Magnussen, Haas, Suzuka, 2018

Kevin Magnussen and Charles Leclerc came to blows on lap two, leaving the Haas driver with a puncture.

Kimi Raikkonen and Max Verstappen

Kimi Raikkonen, Max Verstappen, Suzuka, 2018Kimi Raikkonen, Max Verstappen, Suzuka, 2018

This tangle left Kimi Raikkonen with damage and Max Verstappen with a five-second penalty. He later tangled with the other Ferrari but hung on to take third.

Lewis Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, Suzuka, 2018Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, Suzuka, 2018

Only one car appeared in front of Hamilton all day long.

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