Racer “Mercedes” Lewis Hamilton for the third time in the last four years, the first crossed the finish line Grand Prix of Japan.
Hamilton again had to make the effort – already on the fifth lap main rival Briton Sebastian Vettel due to technical problems rolled into the pits and lost the last hope of winning this year’s fifth championship title.
Hamilton on the last lap made his fans worried – Lewis abruptly slowed down and a few hundreds of meters lost three-second gap from Verstappen. Who knows what would have ended the fight for the win, if Hamilton did not help circular Alonso and Massa, in fact, defended him from the attacks of the pilot “Red bull”.
Company Hamilton and Verstappen on the podium was Riccardo, who for the seventh time in the season rounded out the top 3. Glasses Japan leave Bottas, Raikkonen, Windows, Perez, Magnussen, Grosjean and Massa.
Four races before the end of the season Hamilton pulled away from Vettel with 59 points. World champion Briton may be already in the United States Grand Prix in Austin.
Grand Prix of Japan. Race results:
1. Lewis Hamilton (“Mercedes)
2. Max Verstappen (Red Bull) +1,211
3. Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull) +9,679
4. Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes) +10,580
5. Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari) +32,622
6. Esteban Windows (“Force India”) +1:07,788
7. Sergio Perez (“Force India”) +1:11,424
8. Kevin Magnussen (“Haas”) +1:28,953
9. Romain Grosjean (“Haas”) +1:29,883
10. Felipe Massa (“Williams”) +1 lap
11. Fernando Alonso (McLaren) +1 lap
12. Jolyon Palmer (Renault) +1 lap
13. Pierre went Out (Toro Rosso) +1 lap
14. Stoffel Vandorn (McLaren) +1 lap
15. Pascal Wehrlein (“Zauber”) +2 laps