Mercedes’ driver Lewis Hamilton wins the Japanese grand prix. There was engine trouble for championship rival Sebastian Vettel.
In his fourth career win in Japan and eighth win of the 2017 FIA Formula One Season, Hamilton headed home the Red Bulls of Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo, the former pushing past his teammate in the first corner before passing Vettel to move into second by at the end of the first lap at the Suzuka circuit.
The flawless win for Hamilton gives him a massive 59-point lead over Vettel in the driver’s title race, with the German’s two DNFs in the past three races. an accident in Singapore and in Japan a spark-plug issue his team identified. This is starting to spell the end of his 2017 title.
Verstappen backed up from his win last weekend in Malaysia with another excellent result, putting a strong move on Ricciardo early and setting a rapid pace on the way to his third podium finish of the season.
Ricciardo’s result, his ninth in the top three this year, allowed him to cut into his championship loss with Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas, who recovered from a grid penalty to take fourth.
The Force India’s of Esteban Ocon and Sergio Perez finished sixth and seventh, respectively, ahead of Haas teammates Kevin Magnussen and Romain Grosjean.
|2||33||Max Verstappen||Red Bull-TAG Heuer|
|3||3||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull-TAG Heuer|
|6||31||Esteban Ocon||Force India-Mercedes|
|7||11||Sergio Perez||Force India-Mercedes|
|13||10||Pierre Gasly||Toro Rosso-Renault|
Not classified: Sainz, Vettel, Ericsson, Hulkenberg, Stroll