2017 F1

Hamilton wins Japanese GP as huge disaster for Vettel

Championship leader Lewis Hamilton extends title advantage to 59 points following winning Japanese GP. Nearest title rival Sebastian Vettel retired following five laps with engine failure.

Malaysian GP winner Max Verstappen followed Hamilton closely and Daniel Ricciardo on third ahead of Valtteri Bottas.

Hamilton secured his eighth win of the second and third in the last four years at Suzuka to extend his lead over Vettel to 59 points, meaning he can clinch his fourth world title at the next race in Austin, US Grand Prix.

The Brit’s Mercedes also suffered a technical issue and he had to survive a late fright as Dutchman Verstappen closed quickly, but he held on to secure his 61st career victory, his fifth in the last seven races to put him in the box seat in the championship race.

” I could only have dreamed of having this kind of gap,” he said. “Ferrari has put in such a great challenge all year round.”

Unfortunately for Vettel, that challenge has petered out and he cast a dejected figure after his retirement.

“Pity the last two races with reliability issues, but it is like that sometimes,” he admitted.

“We still have a chance this year. We got a lot further than people thought, so there are some positives.”

Kimi Raikkonen finished in the fifth place after managing to fight his way past the Force India pair of Esteban Ocon and Sergio Perez, who secure P6 and P7 respectively.

Haas F1 duo Kevin Magnussen and Romain Grosjean finished eighth and ninth respectively, the pair overtook Felipe Massa late on, the Brazilian took the final point on offer in P10 for Williams.

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  • Leonardo Pisano Bigollo

    Vettel was 14 points ahead at the summer brake, and people said the Ferrari was the better car. It was going to be Vettel WDC, Bottas second as he would finally show us how average Lewis is, and Lewis third, or even lower. Well it seems that reality doesn’t live in the dream world of these people. Mercedes always come back strong in a season, and Ferrari always fall away in the second half. Plus Vettel isn’t so good dealing with real racing, as opposed to starting on pole, and driving off into the distance, using his illegal ride height adjuster, or flexi wings. And as those who understood F1 said, Vettel would suffer in a direct fight and crack under the pressure. And those people were right.

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