- FINAL CLASSIFICATION LAP53/53: HAM, ROS, VET, RAI, BOT, HUL, GRO, MAL, SAI, VES, ALO, PER, KVY, ERI, RIC, BUT, MAS, RSI, STE,
- Hamilton wins first Japanese Grand Prix
- Nasr only retirement of the race
- Rosberg starts on pole
Even though a boring race out front, it was an entertaining one behind the leader, a lot of overtaking and strategy involved. Hamilton took his first win in Japan to extend his lead in the Drivers' Championship. Roberg had to settle for second after losing the lead at the end of Turn 1 and dropping to fourth at the end of Lap 1.
The Ferrari duo came in behind the Mercedes cars with Kimi making up one position to finish in fourth behind his teammate Vettel, who pushed Rosberg all the way after yielding 2nd place to the German during the second round pit stops.
There was a lot of action in the middle of the pack with Lotus, Force India and Toro Rosso battling for the final points scoring positions. The McLaren-Honda cars had a home race to forget after failing to compete with the cars around them. Fernando Alonso was a frustrated man on the track and could land in some hot water for his comments against the team.
Well, after the shock of Singapore, normalcy has resumed with Mercedes back on the top step of the podium. Next stop is Russia on October 11.
LAP 53/53 - Hamilton wins for the first time in Suzuka, Rosberg second after starting on pole. Vettel continues his good run and comes in third.
HAMILTON WINS!!! Mercedes are back on form.
LAP 53/53 - Hamilton on his final lap!! Easy win for the Briton
LAP 52/53 - Felipe Nasr becomes the first retiree of the race. A great drive from Hulkenburg to make it to sixth place from 13th on the grid.
LAP 51/53 - 2 laps to go!! Top three looking comfortable
LAP 49/53 - Kimi has been mathematically ruled out of the title race as it stands. It's a three-way battle for the title now. Hamilton's current form makes it difficult think of any other outcome apart from him defending his title.
LAP 48/53 - I think it's the first time this season, that we have had all the cars on the track at this late stage in the race. There has also been lot of overtaking in the middle of the pack, but it has been clean racing all through.
LAP 47/53 - Vettel is 2.4 seconds behind Rosberg, as Bottas reduces the gap to Kimi to 3.3 seconds
LAP 45/53 - Rosberg being held up by battle between Perez and Ericsson.
LAP 42/53 - Rosberg getting the benefit of the traffic as the gap climbs back to 1.7 seconds between him and Vettel.
LAP 41/53 - Vettel is now just a second behind Rosberg. The traffic did help the Ferrari driver
LAP 40/53 - Hamilton has cleared a number of back markers, as Vettel begins to close in on Rosberg.
LAP 37/53 - A great drive from Hulkenburg, who is in sixth after starting in 13th place. Both the Toro Rosso's are in the points now.
LAP 34/53 - Hamilton has also completed his second stop. He is now 10 seconds ahead of his teammate in second.
LAP 33/53 - Sainz and Perez battling for ninth place, as Hamilton sets another fastest lap of the race. He was 1.3 seconds faster than Rosberg in that lap.
LAP 32/53 - Hamilton looking comfortable in the lead and is yet to stop. He is quite oblivious to the happenings behind him.
LAP 31/53 - Vettel in for his stop and comes out just behind Rosberg and he is now in second place. It will be difficult for the Ferrari driver to now catch the German.
LAP 30/53 - Ferrari make the under cut work as Kimi passes Bottas after the Williams driver makes his second stop along with Rosberg. the Mercedes driver trying the under cut on Vettel
LAP 28/53 - Sainz comes in for a front nose change after hitting the bar on the entrace to the pits. Kimi comes in for his second stop, another set of hard tyres for the Finn.
LAP 28/53 - Kimi is getting closer to Bottas, but is unable to find a way past his compatriot.
LAP 27/53 - That could lead to a reprimand to the driver, or maybe more.
LAP 27/53 - Verstappen gets his man down the main straight, in tenth place now. Alonso is absolutely frustrated, screams 'GP2 engine' after that overtake.