F1: Ferrari’s (NYSE:RACE) Vettel Makes a Mistake, Hamilton Wins at Suzuka
Lewis Hamilton now closer to the F1 world championship after his victory in Japan as Sebastian Vettel finished 6th following a shunt with Red Bull’s Max Verstappen.
This is Mr. Hamilton’s 4th win running, and his 6th in 7 races
Max Verstappen completed the podium as Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel endured another grim afternoon following his crash with the Red Bull driver in the early stages of Sunday’s race.
Mr. Hamilton, now 67 points clear of Mr. Vettel with just 100 left to capture, will secure his 5th title at the United States Grand Prix in 2 week’s time if he wins and Seb comes 3rd or lower.
Mr. Vettel, started 8th on the grid after a tire-choice error by his Ferrari Team in Saturday’s dry-wet Qualifying session, finished 6th Sunday.
The move marked Mr. Vettel’s 2nd mistake of the weekend, after he ran off track in Qualifying, and his 7th in this season’s campaign.
Afterwards Mr. Verstappen said: “You can’t overtake in that corner. I gave Sebastian space, but he under-steered into my car.”
Mr. Hamilton will now head to Texas searching for a 5th victory running in the United States, and his 6th in 7 years there.
“The whole weekend has been incredibly strong,” Mr. Hamilton said. “It is a great 1-2 for Mercedes. I have raced a long, long time, but the happiness I have inside is as high as always so it is a great feeling. This win feels like one of the 1st.
“I take it one step at a time. Each week you have a positive weekend you go to another Grand Prix not sure how you will perform, but we have gone from strength to strength and Austin is a good track for me. I can’t wait to unleash this beast there.”
Ferrari’s Kimmi Raikkonen took the Chequered flag in 5th.
Next race is at Austin, Texas