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autoviva2016-10-10 10:52:24

Nico Rosberg extends the lead with Japan win

In Suzuka Mercedes claimed its' third consecutive constructors world title

 
 
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Rosberg took his fourth win over the past five races

Nico Rosberg won his ninth race of the season at the Japanese Grand Prix in Suzuka and extended his lead to Lewis Hamilton in the Drivers' World Champiosnhip standings to 33 points. With the MercedesMercedes-BenzMercedes-BenzGermany, 1924 > present197 models
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drivers finishing in first and third respectively the team also secured its' third consecutive Constructors world title with four races still to go to end of the season.

The German driver had yet another faultless race to clinch his fourth win in the last five races, while his team-mate failed once again to produce a good start falling from second place into eighth. Hamilton would eventually apologise over the radio for failing to produce a good start.
 
Still the reigning world champion didn't hold back and went for damage limitation by passing Force IndiaForce IndiaForce IndiaIndia, 2007 > present8 models
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's Nico Hulkenberg on lap seven and Sergio Perez and FerrariFerrariFerrariItaly, 1947 > present232 models
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's Kimi Raikkonen on the first pitstop.
 
The next victim of Hamilton's recovery was Ricciardo, putting only Verstappen and Vettel between him and Rosberg, who was driving calmly in the lead. In the second visit to the pitstops Mercedes once again proved its better strategy as it managed to put Hamilton ahead of Vettel's Ferrari by bringing in the Brit before the German.
 
Vettel in softs still tried to attack Hamilton's position but after a couple of laps of pressure he lost his ability to get close enough to the Mercedes driver, causing him a lot of frustration which could be heard over the radio. The German finished fourth, 14.4s behind Rosberg.
 
Hamilton still managed to get close enough to Red BullRed BullRed BullAustria, 2004 > present12 models
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's Max Verstappen to try to overtake him. In an attempt to climb to second place on lap 52 in the chicane, but the Dutch driver defended his position and forced the world champion to take the escape road.
 
Raikkonen and Ricciardo finished fifth and sixth, while the Force India duo Perez and Hulkenberg conquered valuable points for their team, in seventh and eighth, to extend their gap over WilliamsWilliamsWilliamsUnited Kingdom, 1977 > present37 models
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to 10 points. The British team drivers Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas finished in ninth and tenth.
 
Check the Driver's and Consctructor's World Championship standings here.
 
2016 Japanese Grand Prix Results
POS DRIVER TEAM LAPS TIME
1 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 53 1h26m43.333s
2 Max Verstappen Red Bull 53 4.978s
3 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 53 5.776s
4 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 53 20.269s
5 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 53 28.370s
6 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull 53 33.941s
7 Sergio Perez Force India 53 57.495s
8 Nico Hulkenberg Force India 53 59.177s
9 Felipe Massa Williams 53 1m37.763s
10 Valtteri Bottas Williams 53 1m38.323s
11 Romain Grosjean Haas 53 1m39.254s
12 Jolyon Palmer Renault 52 1 Lap
13 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso 52 1 Lap
14 Kevin Magnussen Renault 52 1 Lap
15 Marcus Ericsson Sauber 52 1 Lap
16 Fernando Alonso McLaren 52 1 Lap
17 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso 52 1 Lap
18 Jenson Button McLaren 52 1 Lap
19 Felipe Nasr Sauber 52 1 Lap
20 Esteban Gutierrez Haas 52 1 Lap
21 Esteban Ocon Manor 52 1 Lap
22 Pascal Wehrlein Manor 52 1 Lap

 

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