It was an exciting race in Japan as Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton managed to win the 2017 Japanese Grand Prix beating Red Bull’s Max Verstappen by just 1.2 seconds. The other Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo finished at third place competing the podium. Lewis Hamilton extended his championship lead by 59 points after his top title rival Sebastian Vettel suffered his second retirement in three races, this time due to a spark plug failure on his Ferrari.
Engine issues on Vettel’s Ferrari was known on the grid and became much evident when the lights went off. By the start of the second lap the German was down to sixth and in the fourth lap team Ferrari were calling him in for a terminal pit stop.
This gave a chance to the two Red Bulls to take on Lewis Hamilton, and the Briton looked to have the race under control until the very closing stages, when Verstappen cut a five-second lead down to barely one in the final laps. Similarly Valtteri Bottas just almost took down Ricciardo for a podium finish, but the Mercedes driver had to settle for fourth ahead of the Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen. It was a good race for Vijay Mallya’s owned Force India as its drivers Esteban Ocon took sixth ahead of team mate Sergio Perez who finished seventh. Both Haas drivers also scored points, with Kevin Magnussen leading Romain Grosjean. Williams’ Felipe Massa completed the top ten.
Carlos Sainz’s final race with Toro Rosso ended badly as the Spaniard going off at the esses on the opening lap.
Marcus Ericsson was another to make a costly mistake, putting his Sauber into the tyre wall at Degner 2 on lap 8. Nico Hulkenberg also had a frustrating race as he was forced to retire on lap 41 after its DRS stuck open, and Lance Stoll in his Williams’ front-right failure saw him ending the race on to the gravel on lap 47.
With four races to go and a lead of 59 points, It can be assumed that Lewis Hamilton will in all possibility win the 2017 Formula one season unless almost everything goes wrong with Team Mercedes. The next race of the season will be held at the United states of America from 20-22nd October 2017.
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