Lewis Hamilton is on a rampage. The Mercedez driver once again finished first, this time at the Grand Prix of Japan.
With this victory, the British driver has increased advantage in the general standings, over Sebastian Vettel, who once again didn’t finish the race.
With his 8th triumph this year, Hamilton has huge 59 points advantage with 4 races until the end. Normally, after such a development, the driver who reached his 61st career win was overwhelmed with joy at the press conference.
“I could only have dreamed of having this kind of gap,” said Hamilton. “Ferrari have put on such a great challenge all season long. My team has done a great job. They are so meticulous, and that is why we have the reliability we are having.”
Meanwhile, things are not so bright for Vettel, and the German was extremely unhappy because he had to drop out one more time this season. After just three laps, the team has sent a message to four-time world champ to enter the pit, and to back out because his vehicle was constantly losing power.
When the reporters asked him are the mechanics to blame, Vettel ruled out that possibility, saying that Ferrari has made incredible progress in the last two years.
“It’s normal you’re critical, especially if things go wrong, so it’s part of our job.
“I think I need to protect them. We’ve done an incredible job so far. Bitter the past two races with the reliability issues – but you know, it’s like that sometimes.
“Of course it hurts, and we’re all disappointed, but now we need to get back, get some rest and then go flat out for the last four races and see what happens.”
The second-placed was Max Verstappen was furious after the race, because he had a chance to win but he was denied to do so because Fernando Alonso and Felippe Massa didn’t want to let young Dutchman to pass them over although they were one lap behind.
He was near Hamilton, and pressured him, but to be honest, this was just a lesson for the young driver, with rude behavior, and what he did before came back at him now like a boomerang.
Daniel Ricciardo was magnificent once again, and he has clinched another podium. It was a completion of total success for Red Bull.
“This is my first podium here. It feels great. It is a circuit I have always enjoyed, and with this year’s cars, it is a lot of fun.
“After the start, the race spread out, and it wasn’t much fun for me but then I had Valtteri (Bottas) coming at the end so to have pressure at the end was good.”
Hamilton is in the first place with 306 points, Vettel has 247, and Bottas only 13 fewer. Daniel Ricciardo 192, while Kimi Raikkonen 148.
The championship continues on 22nd the October in the United States.