The Japanese Grand Prix is over and the drivers are heading now to the Americas for the United States Grand Prix. The championship is almost over for Sebastian Vettel with his retirement after Hamilton’s victory today at Suzuka.
The British driver started on pole position and Sebastian Vettel wanted to chase him since the start, but the German driver of Ferrari complained that he has power problems while he was being overtaken by most of the drivers. The team tried to fix the problem with safety-car period that Carlos Sainz caused after retiring the car, but they couldn’t do anything, so Ferrari had to retire Vettel’s car and the championship was almost over for him, having Hamilton the first match ball at the next Grand Prix.
Marcus Ericsson also caused a virtual safety car period when he hit the barriers at the first sector. The race was going without problems with Ocon causing a small train with Ricciardo and Bottas, but both drivers could overtake the Force India driver without problems.
Another driver who was overtaking drivers without problems with a different strategy was Kimi Raikkonen who overtook Massa an Perez.
Talking about trains on track, Massa who was on 10th position, had Magnussen, Grosjean an Gasly behind him. The funniest thing was that Hulkenberg pitted and put super soft compound, something that could give him an extra boost because he returned to the track just behind this group. Hulkenberg overtook without problems Gasly, who also went to boxes, and tried the same with Grosjean, but he couldn’t overtake him and also the Renault driver had a problem… he could’t close the DRS, losing a lot of time and having to retire a lap later. Meanwhile, both Haas overtook Massa one lap later.
Stroll caused a virtual safety car with a few laps to the end of the race when he had a puncture at the front right tire. Once the virtual safety car was over, Alonso was having a battle with Felipe Massa for the 10th position, but they couldn’t do too much because Hamilton and Verstappen arrived to them on the final lap.
Lewis Hamilton won the Japanese GP with the Red Bull boys just behind him with Max Verstappen 2nd and Daniel Ricciardo 3rd. The top 10 was completed with Bottas, Raikkonen, Ocon, Perez, Magnussen, Grosjean and Massa.
That’s it for now, the next round of the championship will be in two weeks at Austin, for the United States Grand Prix. Lewis Hamilton has the first matchball if he wins the race and Vettel is 6th or worst, and also the COTA will see a driver change for that weekend with Carlos Sainz joining the Renault Sport team after the departure of Jolyon Palmer. Can’t wait to see how the spaniard will face the yellow team. Stay tuned for more updates.