Let’s take a look at the race pace data and analysis from the 2023 Formula 1 Japanese Grand Prix:
Red Bull was by far the fastest car at the Suzuka circuit, followed by McLaren, Ferrari, Merceds, Alpine and Aston Martin.
Teams had to deal with high tyre wear in the Japanese Grand Prix: George Russell and Esteban Ocon did a 1-stopper and were 0.68s/lap and 0.55s/lap slower than their two-stopping teammates. That’s over 30s over 53 laps, which means more than the pit time.
Fernando Alonso start on the soft Pirelli tyres and the early pit cost him. In the last few races, Aston Martin have been the fifth fastest car on par with Alpine.