Hamilton Takes Victory In Japan As Vettel Forced To Retire

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Mercedes Lewis Hamilton has taken a huge step forward to claiming his fourth world championship after he took victory from pole position at the Japanese Grand Prix.

The Englishman has taken a 59 point lead in the championship with just four races remaining this season after Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel suffered a spark plug failure.

It was a fantastic day for Red Bull Racing as Max Verstappen finished in second just ahead of Daniel Ricciardo.

Valtteri Bottas finished the race in fourth place just ahead of Kimi Raikkonen in the second Ferrari who had a fantastic race havong started the event from 10th place following a gearbox penalty.

Force India’s Esteban Ocon had a fantastic race as he came home in sixth place just ahead of his team mate Sergio Perez.

It was a great day for the Haas F1 Team who scored a double points finish with Kevin Magnussen and Romain Grosjean finishing in eighth and ninth place and in doing so they have overtaken the Renault Sport F1 Team in the constructors championship.

Felipe Massa rounded out the top ten for the Williams Martini Racing team.

Fernando Alonso finished the race in 11th place. Starting his last race for the Renault Sport F1 Team from 18th place, Jolyon Palmer did a fantastic job as he finished the race in 12th place.

Pierre Gasly finished the race in 13th place for Toro Rosso just ahead of McLaren Honda’s Stoffel Vandoorne and the Sauber F1 Team’s Pascal Wehrlein.

Lance Stroll was forced to retire from the race for Williams with a tire failure while Nico Hulkenberg who was running really well today was forced to retire from the race due to his DRS failing.

Marcus Ericsson, Sebastian Vettel and Carlos Sainz also retired from the race.

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