- Kobayashi will start the Japanese race from 7th after the FIA released the provisional grid for Sunday’s event at Suzuka. Along with Schumacher, Bruno Senna and Vitaly Petrov, Kobayashi didn’t set a time during Q3 and was originally classified in tenth. But the FIA sporting regulations split those who don’t record a time during qualifying sessions into three categories to determine the grid order. Drivers who attempt to set a time by starting a flying lap are ordered first, followed by drivers who leave their garage but don’t start a flying lap and finally drivers who stay in their garage. Unlike Schumacher, Senna and Petrov who didn’t complete qualifying attempts, Kobayashi did start a flying lap which he subsequently aborted. Thus Kobayashi and Schumacher will make up the fourth row in seventh and eighth respectively, while Senna and Petrov will be on the grid’s fifth row in ninth and tenth (f1 official site)
- Pirelli has revealed the compounds for the rest of the season. At Suzuka this weekend, the Italian company’s Soft and Medium products are available.
Tyres for the rest of 2011 season:
Korea Super Soft (red) and Soft (yellow)
India Soft (yellow) and Hard (silver)
Abu Dhabi Soft (yellow) and Medium (white)
Brazil Soft (yellow) and Medium (white)
- the helmet design of Button, which is inspired by the Japanese flag, carries Jenson’s name and initials in Japanese and the logo of the Save Japan charity