Hamilton Closes In On The Championship Following Victory In Japan As Vettel Goes For A Spin

2018 Japanese Grand Prix, Sunday - Steve Etherington
 2018 Japanese Grand Prix, Sunday - Steve Etherington

Mercedes AMG PETRONAS F1 Team’s Lewis Hamilton can win the 2018 Formula One championship next time out in Austin, Texas following a fantastic win at the Japanese Grand Prix on Sunday.

Starting the race from pole position, the four time world champion was sensational and dominated the race to take a 67 point lead to Austin of Sebastian Vettel.

Valtteri Bottas in the second Mercedes gave the team a 1-2 finish coming home in second place just ahead of Aston Martin Red Bull Racing’s Max Verstappen who was handed a five second time penalty following a collision with Kimi Raikkonen and ended the race just ahead of his team mate Daniel Ricciardo who finished in fourth place coming through the field from 15th place on the grid to finish the race just ahead of Scuderia Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen.

Sebastian Vettel’s hopes of winning a fifth title this season took a major blow following contact with Max Verstappen which put the German into a spin sending him to the back of the field. Vettel managed to recover and finish the race in sixth place.

Racing Point Force India F1 Team’s Sergio Perez finished the race in seventh place just ahead of the Haas F1 Team’s Romain Grosjean while his team mate Esteban Ocon finished the race in ninth place.

The Renault Sport F1 Team’s Carlos Sainz had a great race as he came home in 10th place just ahead of Toro Rosso’s Pierre Gasly and the Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team’s Marcus Ericsson. Brendon Hartley came home in 13th place just ahead of McLaren Renault’s Fernando Alonso and Stoffel Vandoorne in the second McLaren.

Sergey Sirotkin and Lance Stroll from the Williams Martini Racing Team finished the race in 16th and 17th place respectively who rounded out the field.

Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team’s Charles Leclerc, Renault Sport F1 Team’s Nico Hulkenberg and the Haas F1 Team’s Kevin Magnussen retired from the race.

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