F1 Title in Rosberg’s Grasp? Almost!
Rosberg dominated the entire weekend, edging Hamilton in every session despite the Briton being a three-time winner around Suzuka Circuit, one of the world’s most famous racing tracks.
The victory puts him in a commanding position to win his first championship – Rosberg could finish second to Hamilton in the remaining four races and still win the title.
“What an awesome weekend!” Rosberg said on the podium. “The whole weekend just felt great from the word ‘go’, so it felt very special, especially on this legendary track.”
Mercedes was also able to clinch its third constructors championship this weekend with an unassailable haul of 593 points.
“Congratulations to all my colleagues and to the team for clinching the third constructors world title,” Rosberg said. “Let’s celebrate hard!”
Max Verstappen finished second after a gutsy defence against Hamilton on the penultimate lap.
Verstappen rocketed off the line from third into second when Hamilton struggled to get his car off the line.
But the Dutchman was kept at arm’s distance by Rosberg, who was managing his pace as required, making his only challenge for the afternoon to defend against the fast-finishing Hamilton in the closing 10 laps of the grand prix.
Hamilton had tyres four laps younger than Verstappen’s to make his move, and he saved his best attempt for the final chicane on the penultimate lap.
The Briton set himself up to dive down the inside, but Verstappen directed his car onto the apex at the final moment, forcing Hamilton to try around the outside, where he was diverted to the run-off zone.
The battle was decided on the spot, cementing the final two places on the podium.
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