The Mercedes AMG PETRONAS F1 Team were celebrating in Japan on Sunday as they made history by becoming the first team to win six consecutive constructors championship after Valtteri Bottas took victory at the Japanese Grand Prix.

The Finn who qualified in third place with qualifying having taken place on Sunday morning for only the fifth time in Formula One’s future made a fantastic start to the 53 lap race taking the lead off the line getting past Charles Leclerc and pole sitter Sebastian Vettel. The German was investigated for a jump start having jumped the start, stopped and gone again when the lights went out but was not penalised.

Kimi Raikkonen was penalised for the same thing recently but because he hit the sensor that is why the Iceman was penalised.

Sebastian Vettel who started the race from pole position finished the race in second just ahead of Lewis Hamilton and Aston Martin Red Bull Racing’s Alex Albon and McLaren Racing’s Carlos Sainz who did a fantastic job for the Woking based outfit.

Charles Leclerc ended the race in seventh after being handed a double penalty after not pitting when he should have for repairs and causing the collision into turn 2 with Max Verstappen resulting in the Red Bull drivers retirement from the race.

The Renault F1 Team’s Daniel Ricciardo was promoted to sixth following Leclerc’s penalty. Pierre Gasly finished the race in eighth place for Toro Rossi just ahead of Sergio Perez who was classified ninth despite retiring on the last lap. The Renault F1 Team’s Nico Hulkenberg rounded out the top ten just ahead of Lance Stroll for the Racing Point F1 Team.

Daniil Kyvat was 12th for Toro Rosso just ahead of McLaren’s Lando Norris and Alfa Romeo Racing’s Kimi Raikkonen, Romain Grosjean and Antonio Giovinazzi. Kevin Magnussen was 17th just ahead of Rokit Williams Racing’s George Russell and Robert Kubica.

There was just one retirement from the race with Aston Martin Red Bull Racing’s Max Verstappen having retired from the race.

The race result means that on Lewia Hamilton or Valtteri Bottas can win the championship as Sebastian Vettel and Max Verstappen are both out of the running.

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