Hamilton wins Japanese Grand Prix
Lewis Hamilton is back on the winning track as he won the Japanese Grand Prix. Mercedes driver started perfectly and was on top throughout whole race, never really challenged by his teammate Nico Rosberg who finished second and Sebastian Vettel in Ferrari who was third.
Start of the race wasn’t good for Nico Rosberg. He lost pole position after turn 1 and dropped to fourth. Lewis Hamilton took the first place in front of Sebastian Vettel and Valtteri Bottas, while back in the grid Felipe Massa and Daniel Ricciardo had a contact which caused a tire puncture for both drivers, so they had to go to the pits.
Reigning champion had a strong lead after the first quarter of the race, while his teammate struggled because of engine overheating and was put on pressure from Raikkonen. But, after the pit-stop, Rosberg started to look more aggressive and overtook Bottas with a nice maneuver to take the third position.
Race looked pretty boring at a half stage. Lewis Hamilton was on the race of his own, Vettel and Rosberg were behind him, and two Finns in Williams and Ferrari were in a battle for fourth. But, after the second pit-stop, there was more shuffle in the standings as Rosberg moved up to second pushing Vettel to third, while Raikkonen swapped positions with Bottas.
On fresher tires, Vettel tried to make a finish of the race more interesting, but Rosberg was calm and defended his advantage well. On top of the grid, the last few laps were unusually quiet, but in the middle Max Verstappen was aggressive as always and moved up to ninth what was excellent as he started from 17th position.
So, Lewis Hamilton easily claimed his eighth win in 2015, Rosberg was second with a gap of 18.9s, while Sebastian Vettel finished third 20.8s behind. Kimi Raikkonen was fourth leaving Valtteri Bottas well behind on fifth.
Nico Hulkenberg finished sixth what is excellent as he started from 13th. Romain Grosjean, Pastor Maldonado, Max Verstappen and Carlos Sainz scored the remaining points.