Sunday, September 27, 2015 9:51 am
Lewis Hamilton has established his dominance again in Formula One season’s title race, clinching Japanese Grand Prix, ahead of Mercedes team mate, Nico Rosberg.
After he passed pole-sitting Rosberg into the first corner, Hamilton never looked back in the Sunday final race.
Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel came third.
Kimi Raikkonen was a distant fourth in the sister Ferrari, just ahead of Williams’ Valtteri Bottas. Nico Hulkenberg took sixth for Force India, followed by the Lotus duo of Romain Grosjean and Pastor Maldonado. The closely-matched Toro Rossos of Max Verstappen and Carlos Sainz completed the top ten.
It was all action at the start. As Rosberg dropped down to fourth behind fast-starting Vettel and Bottas, #LewisHamilton opened up an advantage that he maintained to the end. The world champion was 18.9s ahead at the flag, after Rosberg had fought back to get the undercut on Bottas and then Vettel during his two pit stops.
Hamilton’s third victory in Japan – and his 41st overall, moving him level with Ayrton Senna’s tally – means he now has 277 points to Rosberg’s 229 and Vettel’s 218, with five races left.