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Lewis Hamilton took a massive step towards a fourth World title as he won the Japanese GP while a DNF all but put the final nail in Sebastian Vettel’s championship hopes.
Lewis Hamilton claimed his first pole position for the Japanese Grand Prix, shattering the lap record with Sebastian Vettel joining him on the front row of the grid.
Valtteri Bottas topped the timesheets in FP3 for the Japanese GP as practice was once again interrupted, first by the Mercedes driver and then Kimi Raikkonen.
Lewis Hamilton was quickest in FP2 at Suzuka, but only five drivers set timed laps as heavy rain made the vast majority of the session a wash-out.
Sebastian Vettel was the man to beat in Friday’s first practice for the Japanese GP, a session that was red flagged for Carlos Sainz’s heavy crash.
Nico Rosberg’s season of firsts continued at Suzuka on Sunday as he made the most of Lewis Hamilton’s poor start to race unchallenged to the victory at the Japanese GP.
Nico Rosberg’s run of P1s continued in qualifying for the Japanese Grand Prix where he took pole position by 0.013s ahead of Lewis Hamilton.
Nico Rosberg was back up in P1 in a damp final practice for the Japanese GP, a session in which Lewis Hamilton was over a second off the pace.
Nico Rosberg narrowly pipped Lewis Hamilton to the P1 in Friday’s second practice for the Japanese GP, edging his championship rival by 0.072s.