Hamilton wins the Japanese Grand Prix!
What a sensational Japanese Grand Prix! Lewis Hamilton started from Pole and took the win at Suzuka, with his teammate Valtteri Bottas having a solid drive, starting from P6, narrowly missing the podium to take P4.
Both drivers got a clean getaway off the line, with Lewis gaining an early lead at the front and Valtteri moving up to P5 by Lap 4.
The Safety Car was deployed for Laps 2-3 and later in the race the Virtual Safety Car (VSC) was out from laps 9-10 and 47-49.
Lewis started the race on a set of Supersoft tyres until Lap 22 where he pitted for the Soft tyre, which carried him to the chequered flag.
Valtteri opted for the opposite strategy, starting on the Soft tyre which lasted until Lap 30, where he pitted from P2 to switch to the Supersoft.
On the Supersoft rubber, Valtteri was able to clock the Fastest Lap of the race with a super-fast 1:33.144, set on Lap 51.
There were a total 40 overtakes in the race, 8 with DRS and 1 for the lead, and 5 retirements overall.
After the Japanese Grand Prix, Lewis has further extended his lead at the top of the Drivers’ Championship to 59 points (306) on Vettel (247) with just four races left in the 2017 season. Valtteri is still staying strong in P3 overall (234), 42 points ahead of Ricciardo in P4.
In the Constructors’ Championship, Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport increased their lead to 145 points (540) on Ferrari (395).
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