Lewis Hamiltom took his 61st career victory today in the 2017 Japanese Grand Prix
It was also his third at the Suzuka International Racing Circuit, eighth of the 2017 season and 40th win with the Silver Arrows.
Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo were the other podium finishers.
Hamilton (306 points) leads the Drivers’ Championship by 59 points from Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel (247 points). He is now the heavy favourite to claim the title.
"The start was okay, although the initial getaway was not spectacularly good, I had a bit of wheel spin. But from then on I had a good start and it was pretty much under control from there.
"I was trying to manage the pace and the tyres; it was a long way to go, it was the hottest the track had been all weekend, so that was really crucial. With the VSC towards the end, I lost a lot of temperatures in the tyres and waking them up was not so easy.
"I got stuck behind traffic, I was losing so much time and Max’s car was so big in my mirror. It was very close for a couple laps, but I was able to keep it together. It was not an easy walk in the park today, it was a win that I had to work very hard for. Great race by Max, I enjoyed racing him. It’s almost unbelievable to think we are where we are in the championship. I was excited to race Sebastian today, but he was obviously very unfortunate."
|2||Max Verstappen||Red Bull Racing||+1.211s|
|3||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull Racing||+9.679s|
|6||Esteban Ocon||Force India||+67.788s|
|7||Sergio Perez||Force India||+71.424s|
|10||Felipe Massa||Williams||+1 lap|
|11||Fernando Alonso||McLaren||+1 lap|
|12||Jolyon Palmer||Renault||+1 lap|
|13||Pierre Gasly||Toro Rosso||+1 lap|
|14||Stoffel Vandoorne||McLaren||+1 lap|
|15||Pascal Wehrlein||Sauber||+2 laps|
|NC||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso||DNF|