F1: Japanese Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton the Winner

F1: Japanese Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton the Winner

F1: Japanese Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton the Winner


MercedesAMG’s Lewis Hamilton is a race away from the 2017 drivers Championship and his 4th title after taking the Chequered Flag Sunday at Suzuka.

Ferrari’s (NYSE:RACE) Sebastian Vettel failed to finish.

Starting on The Pole, Mr. Hamilton was always in control of the race despite some late pressure from Red Bull Racing’s Max Verstappen, who came 2nd, team-mate Daniel Ricciardo came in 3rd.

Mr. Hamilton got a big brake on Mr. Vettel’s early retirement, as he was pulled in by Ferrari mechanics on Lap 5 due to a spark plug problem. The final result means Mr. Hamilton has a 59-point lead at the top of the standings with 4 races to run this season.

Here are the race results, per the F1’s Twitter account:

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INITIAL CLASSIFICATION: Huge day for @LewisHamilton in the 2017 title race – he’s now 59 points ahead of Sebastian Vettel  ??

 The race got off to a bad start for Mr. Vettel who was positioned 2nd on the grid side by side with Mr. Hamilton on The Pole (see the highlights above)

Carlos Sainz spun out and a virtual safety car came on and then, when the racing resumed, it was apparent that something was seriously wrong with the lead Ferrari racer.

Then, on lap 5 the Ferrari garage deemed it was bad enough, pulled in Mr. Vettell, and retired him for a DNF at 19th. It has been a changeling frame for Ferrari in Asia this season, with issues in Singapore and Malaysia prior to this race at Honda’s Suzuka circuit.

Should Mr. Hamilton win the US Grand Prix in 2 weeks he will cinch the drivers championship for 2017.

Have a terrific week.

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