Lewis Hamilton has recorded his eighth victory of the season after he won the Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka on Sunday ahead of teammate Nico Rosberg and Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel. Despite starting in pole position, Nico Rosberg was unable to take the win as his teammate got the better of him on the first lap and overtook him. He struggled to keep up with the Briton in the early stages dropping to fourth place.
There were issues for Daniel Ricciardo, Sergio Perez and Felipe Massa early on as they suffered punctures having gone through the gravel at the start. Elsewhere the two Lotus drivers had a great start as they both progressed up the leaderboard with both drivers inside the top ten. McLaren’s Fernando Alonso was left frustrated after he was overtaken by Marcus Ericsson in the Sauber.
Hamilton was unfazed by any of the drama going on around him as he cruised through the opening 20 laps to remain in first place. Rosberg moved into third despite facing some challenges with his engine which was beginning to heat up. However Max Verstappen was having a good race and despite receiving a three place grid drop he was moving up the standings overtaking cars at will.
The 17-year old moved up to ninth place after he picked off his teammate Carlos Sainz. Sebastian Vettel was keeping within touching distance of the race leader until he was boxed and emerged behind Rosberg. Once again it was the cool calm head of Hamilton who saw out the race to claim his 41st career victory ahead of Rosberg and Vettel.
The Brit extends his lead at the top of the drivers’ standings and he remains on course to wins his third championship. Rosberg and Vettel are behind him in second and third respectively.