F1: Haas drivers make top ten start for Japanese Grand Prix

Romain Grosjean and Esteban Guti�rrez qualified eighth and tenth for Sunday's Japanese Grand Prix

Romain Grosjean and Esteban Guti�rrez qualified eighth and tenth for Sunday's Japanese Grand Prix

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Haas F1 Team drivers Romain Grosjean and Esteban Gutiérrez will start eighth and tenth respectively for Sunday’s Japanese Grand Prix Sunday at Suzuka Circuit.

It marked the Banbury team’s first appearance in Q3 and the 12th straight time both pilots advanced to Q2.

If you’re in your first year and you get both drivers in there by merit, it’s fantastic

Team boss Guenther Steiner

Team boss Guenther Steiner said: “It was a very good day for us, to get both Romain and Esteban into Q3 was one of the targets for this year and we’ve now achieved it.

“If you’re in your first year and you get two cars in there by merit, it’s fantastic. Hats off to the team and to the drivers.”

Taking pole for the Japanese Grand Prix was Mercedes AMG Petronas driver Nico Rosberg.

His fastest lap was .013 of a second better than that of Brackley team-mate and nearest championship pursuer Lewis Hamilton.

It was Rosberg’s 30th career Formula One pole, his eighth of the season and his third at Suzuka. Rosberg holds a 23-point advantage over Hamilton in the championship standings.