Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes was
able to stay ahead of Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and beat him to the finish line
by just 1.2s to win the 2017 Formula 1 Japanese Grand Prix held on October 08,
2017. Red Bull Racing driver Daniel Ricciardo came in third. Unfortunately for Sebastian
Vettel, he had to retire for the second time in three races as a result of a technical
problem with his Ferrari race car.
With the win in Japan, Lewis has
taken his 61st career victory, his third at the Suzuka International Racing
Circuit, eighth of the 2017 season and 40th win with the Silver Arrows. The
victory also marked the tenth victory for the Mercedes-Benz Silver Arrows of
the 2017 season
Lewis (306 points) leads the
Drivers’ Championship by 59 points from Sebastian Vettel (247 points), with
Valtteri (234 points) a further 13 points behind in P3 and with 100 points
remaining to be scored in the 2017 season. Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport
(540 points) lead Ferrari (395 points) by 145 points in the Constructors’
Championship with 172 points remaining to be scored
There was also good news in
abundance for Force India as their boys Esteban Ocon and Sergio Perez came in 6
and 7 respectively, thereby garnering crucial points for the team.
Red Bull Racing
Vettel was doing well initially in the race
but then his car developed a technical snag because of a faulty spark plug.
Carlos Sainz of Toro Rosso lost
control of his car in Turn 7 on the opening lap, prompting the first of three
safety-car interventions. It was an unhappy ending to Sainz’s last race with
the Italian team prior to switching to Renault in place of Jolyon Palmer. The virtual
safety car (VSC) was deployed on the ninth lap after Marcus Ericsson nosed his
Sauber into the wall at Degner 2. The third incident happened on the 47th
round when Lance Stroll of Williams broke the car’s front suspension going
through the final section of the esses.
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