F1: MercedesAMG ‘Seals’ the Constructor Crown at Suzuka
Sunday’s F1 race result gives MercedesAMG the winning lead in the constructors’ championship, effectively securing them a 3rd straight crown.
Sebastian Vettel was Ferrari’s lead runner on a frustrating afternoon for The Scuderia, taking 4th place ahead of team mate Kimi Raikkonen.
Also disappointed was Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo in 6th, the Australian having started the race in front of both the Ferrari cars.
The Force Indias of Sergio Perez and Nico Hulkenberg came 7th and 8th, beating arch rivals Williams, who saw Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas complete the Top 10, as all 22 drivers finished the race.
Polesitter Rosberg effectively had things won the moment Mr. Hamilton made a mistake and lagged so badly at the start that he plunged from 2nd to 8th place.
Thereafter, he drove a controlled race well out in front to win for the 1st time here and score his 9th victory of the season, the had him clear of Max Verstappen’s Red Bull and team mate Lewis Hamilton.
It was a bad-tempered race as far as traffic was concerned, with Messers Verstappen, Vettel and Raikkonen in particular complaining bitterly about their perceived lack of Blue flags.
Mr. Rosberg controlled things all race long without taking much out of his de-tuned MercedesAMG engine
Mr. Rosberg now has 313 points to his team mate’s 280, meaning: he needs only 3 2nds and a 3rd to clinch his 1st title over the remaining 4 races even if Mr. Hamilton wins them all.
Sebastian Vettel and Ferrari gambled on fitting a set of soft Pirelli tyres for his final stint as all the other leaders went for another set of hards, and the Yellow tyres soon faded, leaving him 14.4s secs behind the 2nd Mercedes but well ahead of Mr. Raikkonen’s sister car.
Mr. Ricciardo drove a subdued race to 6th, as Mr. Perez led Mr. Hulkenberg home on another strong day for Force India.
The final points went to Williams drivers Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas, who were separated by 0.5s at the flag and were only 0.9s ahead of Romain Grosjean’s Haas.
|2||MAX VERSTAPPEN||RED BULL RACING||+4.978s||18|
|6||DANIEL RICCIARDO||RED BULL RACING||+33.941s||8|
|7||SERGIO PEREZ||FORCE INDIA||+57.495s||6|
|8||NICO HULKENBERG||FORCE INDIA||+59.177s||4|
Have a terrific week.