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At a time when F1 bosses are keen to try new things, Typhoon Hagibis offered up a two-day grand prix weekend and showed that it has merit.
Valtteri Bottas was the man to lead Mercedes over the line in Japan, and the way it all unfolded felt like a well deserved thank you.
As Mercedes claimed their sixth Constructors’ title in a row the big question is how does one stop the run. Well, not by doing what Ferrari is doing.
Valtteri Bottas was back in the zone, but a perfect score was exclusively reserved for one midfield runner in the Japanese Grand Prix driver ratings.
There were two major talking points from Japan: Mercedes’ strategy and Charles Leclerc’s actions after big damage on the opening lap at Suzuka.
1-2 on the starting grid for Ferrari and all disappeared by the first corner, the Italian press in particular were quick to point out more mistakes from the Scuderia.
Lewis Hamilton is closing in fast on a sixth F1 World Championship title ahead of this weekend’s Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka.
Mercedes may have won a battle in Russia, but at the Japanese Grand Prix Ferrari will bring the war again.
The real Sebastian Vettel did stand up in Russia, while the Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen comedy act gave a special performance.
Charles Leclerc said he would “just shut up” and drive following his Singapore outbursts, but just one week later he failed to take his own advice.