In a thrilling race at Suzuka, Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton wins the race narrowly by just 1.2 seconds ahead of Max Verstappen followed by Daniel Ricciardo in third place. Title contender Sebastian Vettel had to retire thanks to a technical issue with his Ferrari.
There is only 4 races to go and Hamilton has extended the driver’s championship lead by 59 points over Vettel.
Vettel’s car had suffered a faulty spark plug which saw him drop to 6th place after just 1 lap after starting second at the grid. At the end, Vettel had to retire from the race which was action packed. Without Vettel on the field, it was a battle between Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton.
After a pit stop and multiple safety cars, Lewis Hamilton was facing a problem when his tires cooled down and Verstappen was following closely behind him. Thanks to Fernando Alonso who allowed Hamilton to overtake him but then proceeded to block Verstappen for a short while caused him to be investigated by the stewards.
It was a great day for Red Bull to achieve two podium finishes as Bottas couldn’t overtake Ricciardo. Daniel Ricciardo just finished nine-tenths ahead of Bottas to clinch the last podium position.
Here are the full results from the race.
|2||33||RED BULL RACING TAG HEUER||53||+1.211s||18|
|3||3||RED BULL RACING TAG HEUER||53||+9.679s||15|
|6||31||FORCE INDIA MERCEDES||53||+67.788s||8|
|7||11||FORCE INDIA MERCEDES||53||+71.424s||6|
|10||19||WILLIAMS MERCEDES||52||+1 lap||1|
|11||14||MCLAREN HONDA||52||+1 lap||0|
|13||10||TORO ROSSO||52||+1 lap||0|
|14||2||MCLAREN HONDA||52||+1 lap||0|
|15||94||SAUBER FERRARI||51||+2 laps||0|