A subdued Lewis Hamilton has described his race-winning move on Nico Rosberg at Suzuka as “textbook”…
A subdued Lewis Hamilton has described his race-winning move on Nico Rosberg at Suzuka as “textbook”.
Hamilton extended his lead in the Drivers’ Championship over his Mercedes team-mate to 10 points after coming from second on the grid to win the Japanese Grand Prix.
However, his victory was overshadowed after Jules Bianchi was rushed to the Mie University Hospital after he crashed into a crane. The FIA also confirmed that the Marussia driver was unconscious when he was taken out of the car.
It was a pretty tricky grand prix from start to finish with the race starting behind a Safety Car due to the wet conditions. The red flag came out after two laps before they got going again 20 minutes later, again behind the Safety Car.
“Conditions weren’t that bad. I’ve had far worse races in terms of aquaplaning and we were behind the Safety Car at the start for too long in my opinion. Towards the end it started raining again but it wasn’t causing me any difficulties particularly,” Hamilton told Sky Sports News.
Having started second, Hamilton had a go at Rosberg immediately after the Safety Car returned to the pits, but there was no way past.
He eventually got close enough on lap 29 and he swept on the outside of his team-mate into Turn 1 to take the lead.
“The move on Rosberg felt quite textbook really. I was really surprised about how close I was able to follow Nico. I had great pace,” he said.
However, the thoughts of the whole paddock are with Bianchi following his heavy crash.
“But obviously it’s a real anti-climax to hear that one of the drivers is seriously injured,” Hamilton added. “I was going through that sector and I could see there was a tractor lifting away one car. It was until when it was red-flagged that I could see there was another car in the mix there. I’m just hoping he will be okay.”