HAMILTON MAKES IT EIGHT – Lewis Hamilton wins the Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka

untitled1After passing pole-sitting team mate Nico Rosberg into the first corner, Lewis Hamilton never looked back in Sunday’s 2015 Formula 1 Japanese Grand Prix, easing to victory as Mercedes finished one-two ahead of Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel.

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 Hamilton muscled ahead, Rosberg found himself out of position through the opening turns and instantly dropped to fourth behind Vettel and Bottas.

In the run to first corner behind him, the lightest of brushes between Williams’ Felipe Massa and Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo left both men limping back to the pits with punctures. Force India’s Sergio Perez ran off track avoiding Massa and also had to make an early stop.

Despite the early dramas, 19 out of 20 cars finished the race – Sauber’s Felipe Nasr was the sole, late retiree – as Hamilton comfortably took to his eighth victory of the season, his second at Suzuka and his third in Japan.

Japanese Grand Prix Race Results
Pos. Car # Driver Laps Behind Status Points
1 44 Lewis Hamiton 53 Leader Running 25
2 6 Nico Roseberg 53 -18.964 Running 18
3 5 Sebastian Vettel 53 -20.850 Running 15
4 7 Kimi Raikkonen 53 -33.768 Running 12
5 77 Valtteri Bottas 53 -36.746 Running 10
6 27 Nico Hulkenberg 53 -55.559 Running 8
7 8 Romain Grojean 53 -1:12.298 Running 6
8 13 Pastor Maldonado 53 -1:13.575 Running 4
9 33 Max Verstappen 53 -1:35.315 Running 2
10 55 Carlos Sainz Jr 52 -1 Lap Running 1
11 14 Fernando Alonso 52 -1 Lap Running 0
12 11 Sergio Perez 52 -1 Lap Running 0
13 26 Daniil Kvyat 52 -1 Lap Running 0
14 9 Marcus Ericsson 52 -1 Lap Running 0
15 3 Daniel Ricciardo 52 -1 Lap Running 0
16 22 Jenson Button 52 -1 Lap Running 0
17 19 Felipe Massa 51 -2 Laps Running 0
18 53 Alexander Rossi 51 -2 Laps Running 0
19 28 Will Stevens 50 -3 Laps Running 0
20 12 Felipe Nasr 49 -4 Laps Retired 0

 

Drivers Championship
After Race 14 of the 2015 season at Japanese Grand Prix
Pos. Car # Driver Team Wins Points Behind
1 44 L. Hamiton Mercedes 8 277 Leader
2 6 N. Roseberg Mercedes 3 229 -48
3 5 S. Vettel Ferrari 3 218 -59
4 7 K. Raikkonen Ferrari 0 119 -158
5 77 V. Bottas William-Mercedes 0 111 -166
6 19 F. Massa William-Mercedes 0 97 -180
7 3 D. Ricciardo Red Bull Racing-Renault 0 73 -204
8 26 D. Kvyat Red Bull Racing-Renault 0 66 -211
9 8 R. Grojean Lotus-Mercedes 0 44 -233
10 11 S. Perez Force india-Mercedes 0 39 -238
11 27 N. Hulkenberg Force india-Mercedes 0 38 -239
12 33 M. Verstappen Toro Rosso 0 32 -245
13 12 Felipe Nasr Sauber-Ferrari 0 17 -260
14 13 P. Maldonado Lotus-Mercedes 0 16 -261
15 55 C. Sainz Jr Toro Rosso 0 12 -265
16 14 F. Alonso McLaren-Honda 0 11 -266
17 9 M. Ericsson Sauber-Ferrari 0 9 -268
18 22 J. Button McLaren-Honda 0 6 -271
19 98 R. Merhi Manor-Ferrari 0 0 -277
20 28 W. Stevens Manor-Ferrari 0 0 -277
21 53 Alexander Rossi Manor-Ferrari 0 0 -277
22 20 K. Magnussen McLaren-Honda 0 0 -277

 

Constructors Championship
After Race 14 of the 2015 season at Japanese Grand Prix
Pos. Team Wins Points Behind
1 Mercedes 11 506 Leader
2 Ferrari 3 337 -169
3 Williams-Mercedes 0 208 -298
4 Red Bull Racing-Renault 0 139 -367
5 Force India-Mercedes 0 77 -429
6 Lotus-Renault 0 60 -446
7 Toro Rosso-Renault 0 44 -462
8 Sauber-Ferrari 0 26 -480
9 McLaren-Honda 0 17 -489
10 Manor-Ferrari 0 0 -506

 

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