Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes put up a great show at the Japanese countryside to cruise to victory for the second time at Suzuka. Rosberg’s pole position was ravaged from the get go as the Mercedes driver dropped to fourth. Sebastian Vettel’s electric start in the Ferrari saw the German finish in third.
For Lewis Hamilton, it was very much a trouble-free race, like this time around last year. Once the Brit took the lead, he lead every single lap, and kept all rivals at bay. Hamilton won by 18.9 seconds over team-mate Nico Rosberg, who made his way past the Williams and the Ferrari after a dreadful start.
Sebastian Vettel and Ferrari leaped to second place taking advantage of the Mercedes duo going wheel-to-wheel into the first esses. The German finished under two seconds behind Rosberg, however an unforgiving 20.8 seconds behind Hamilton. Vettel is now 11 points shy of Rosberg in the championship race.
Raikkonen delivered a stunning performance to finish the Japanese Grand Prix fourth, leaping from Bottas. The Williams may have shined during qualifying, however during race day, the Williams were not able to keep on tabs with the Ferrari.
It was a strong performance blown in tatters for Red Bull, Ricciardo and Massa clashed before they even got to turn 1, and both drivers found themselves limping back to the pit-lane the flat tyres. Ricciardo finished in 15th, whilst Kvyat finished in 13th after starting from the pit-lane following his accident during qualifying.
McLaren-Honda were left ruing on their power disadvantage, as Fernando Alonso criticised and remarked the car’s progress as “embarrassing”. At the end, a brilliant drive from Alonso saw him just missed out on the top 10, and the Spaniard finished in 11th. Future uncertain Jenson Button finished back in 16th.
Newly resigned Pastor Maldonado scored points after an ever long streak of absence from the top 10, the Venezuelan finished a brilliant 8th, just behind team-mate Romain Grosjean.
Hulkenberg hailed a brilliant performance, the German finished 6th for Force India, 55 seconds off the lead. Team-mate Perez finished in P12, after a poor end to the race.