Lewis Hamilton has won the Japanese Prix and has extended his championship lead to 67 points as his championship rival Sebastian Vettel was in the wars with Red Bull’s Max Verstappen.
Hamilton dominated the race from start to finish, converting his pole position from Saturday into victory. The Briton inches ever closer to a fifth world championship while Mercedes took maximum points, with Valtteri Bottas coming home in second place.
Bottas managed to hold off Verstappen for second after the Dutchman applied the pressure in the final stages of the race. The 21-year-old took his third podium in five races despite being handed a five second time penalty in during the race.
At the end of the first lap Verstappen locked up heading into the final chicane and ran wide. He made slight contact with Kimi Raikkonen as he rejoined the track allowing Vettel to pass his teammate who was pushed slightly wide by the Red Bull. He was awarded a five-second time penalty for the incident, which he served at his pit stop.
It wasn’t too long before Verstappen became involved with a Ferrari again after he and Vettel came together on lap 10. Vettel attempted to overtake the former Toro Rosso driver heading into the Spoon curve but instead hit the side of Verstappen’s car which sent the German spinning out.
Vettel managed to recover and cut his way through the field to finish in suxth place. He ended up behind former teammate Daniel Ricciardo who finished in fourth despite starting the race from fifteenth on the grid, and teammate Kimi Raikkonen.
|2.||Valtteri Bottas||Mercedes||+ 12.919||53|
|3.||Max Verstappen||Red Bull Racing||+ 14.295||53|
|4.||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull Racing||+ 19.495||53|
|5.||Kimi Räikkönen||Ferrari||+ 50.998||53|
|6.||Sebastian Vettel||Ferrari||+ 69.873||53|
|7.||Sergio Perez||Racing Point Force India||+ 79.379||53|
|8.||Romain Grosjean||Haas F1||+ 87.198||53|
|9.||Esteban Ocon||Racing Point Force India||+ 88.055||53|
|10.||Carlos Sainz jr||Renault||52|
|11.||Pierre Gasly||Toro Rosso||52|
|13.||Brendon Hartley||Toro Rosso||52|
|Did not finish|
|20.||Kevin Magnussen||Haas F1||8|