HAMILTON BACK ON TOP!
The world no. 1 clinched victory at Suzuka in front of Rosberg and Vettel. Romain Grosjean saw the flag in seventh place, while both Infiniti Red Bull Renaults finished outside the points.
Mercedes racked up its eighth double of the 2015 season with Lewis Hamilton back in top form after his retirement in Singapore. The British driver, beaten in qualifying by his teammate Nico Rosberg, took his revenge in the opening seconds of the race. He went on to score an easy victory without ever coming under threat. He has increased his lead over the German in the F1 drivers’ world championship to 48 points. Hamilton’s 41st win equals the total of the late, great Ayrton Senna in the F1 record books.
First finish outside the points
Infiniti Red Bull Racing failed to score points for the first time this season. A week after being on the second step of the podium in Marina Bay, Daniel Ricciardo couldn’t do any better than fifteenth in Japan. The Australian was in seventh place on the grid, but a tangle with Felipe Massa’s Williams in the first corner which caused a puncture on his left-hand rear tyre, shattered his hopes of a good result, hence a simple race at the rear of the field. Daniil Kvyat came home in 13th place after starting from the pits, his car had to be rebuilt after his big shunt in qualifying.
Another outstanding race from Grosjean
Romain Grosjean was eighth on the grid and seventh at the chequered flag, his sixth points-scoring finish this season. It was another outstanding display by the French in difficult conditions. His six points have propelled him into ninth place in the drivers’ world championship standings.
Romain Grosjean (Lotus F1 Team) :
”We finished with both cars in the points so I’m definitely happy with that! When it came to my own race we were a little bit slow against the Force India. We tried to fight Nico Hulkenberg but couldn’t. I really struggled with the tyres at the end – it seems the new Pirelli limits hurt us more than our rivals so we’ll work around that for the next race. Overall though, we’ve had a good result as a team.”
Next round: GP of Russia (Sotchi – 11 October)