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Lewis Hamilton takes big stride towards world championship title with victory in Japanese Grand Prix… as rival Sebastian Vettel retires after four laps

  • Lewis Hamilton started on pole in Suzuka and led majority of the race as he edges closer to fourth world title
  • Sebastian Vettel’s Ferrari had problems on the grid, before losing power at the start of the race
  • German was eventually forced to pit from eighth and retire from the race with a spark plug problem
  • The Briton extends his world championship lead to 59 points after Vettel’s retirement at Suzuka
  • Hamilton can now clinch the world championship at the next round in Austin, Texas for United States GP
  • Red Bull pair Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo also secured places on the podium

    By the time Lewis Hamilton knelt at the side of his Silver Arrow, tapped it gratefully for all its tight-knit perfection, Sebastian Vettel was on the fast train to Tokyo.

    For Hamilton, this warm afternoon in Suzuka was one of the most thrilling of a remarkable career: victory in the Japanese Grand Prix gave him a 59-point lead to become the world champion-elect. A fourth title, taking him beyond Sir Jackie Stewart in the British pantheon, is his to collect almost at will.

    Hamilton kept his helmet on for longer than usual after the race and turned to the wall as he took a flannel to his face.

    Lewis Hamilton celebrates winning the Japanese Grand Prix in front of Max Verstappen (left) and Daniel Ricciardo
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A record 71 pole positions and counting.

Of all Lewis Hamilton’s many skills as a Formula 1 driver, this is one talent he has really made his own.

Lewis Hamilton is closing in on his fourth F1 world title this year, after previous wins in 2008, 2014 and 2015.