Hamilton wins in Japan to take 59 point lead over Vettel

No gearbox penalty for Vettel in Japan

The second-placed was Max Verstappen was furious after the race, because he had a chance to win but he was denied to do so because Fernando Alonso and Felippe Massa didn't want to let young Dutchman to pass them over although they were one lap behind. The Red Bull pair couldn't quite conjure up the speed they had displayed in Singapore and Malaysia, where Verstappen won on merit, but will move up to third and fourth after Bottas' penalty is applied. Nevertheless he maintained a 2-3 second cushion over Verstappen as the race headed into its final phase.

Nico Hulkenberg's frustrations continued as he was forced to retire his Renault in lap 41 following an incident in which his DRS stuck open while a front-right failure also forced Lance Stroll to retire in lap 47, only six laps from the finish.

British Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes AMG GP gestures at photographers after taking pole position in qualifying at the Albert Park circuit in Melbourne, Australia, 25 March 2017.

"I just have to keep my head down and keep doing what I've been doing", Hamilton said. He crossed the line 1.2secs ahead.

The win is Hamilton's eighth victory this season, and it his 21st consecutive race finishing in the points.

"The team did an incredible job".

Max Verstappen was in good spirits after his runner-up result at the Japanese Grand Prix despite arguably being denied a shot at the win by backmarker traffic.

"I don't honestly think there's any wrong with the engine", he said.

"Today the Red Bulls just seemed to be rapid in the race trim".

"We will continue to try and keep doing what we are doing, there isn't much more I can do, sometimes when you come off the gas a little you cause yourself more trouble than you need".

"Seb got a great start, but shortly afterwards we had to call him back to the garage prior to retiring the vehicle".

"After the penalty on Friday night, due to the engine change, I think we deserved that one point - we fought hard for it. They are so meticulous, and that is why we have the reliability we are having".

"Tyres, balance of the auto, traffic we were getting a lot of the time".

"So a big thank you to everyone back at the factory you do an unbelievable job and I hope I'm making you proud". "I couldn't really attack him, but I tried". We need to really understand what he meant.

"For all of us F1 fans we wanted to see the big action out there and with Sebastian having a problem straight off the start, that's not really what we want to see", said Rosberg, at Suzuka as a pundit for Sky Sports television. Bitter about the last two races with the reliability issues.

"I think we will just try to continue to do what we are doing, of course, we want to look after the auto and the engine, but we are already doing that throughout the races".

Race victor Lewis Hamilton: "We have had such a great crowd this week you always look after us so well and the support was enormous".



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