F1: Bottas Takes Dominant Japanese Grand Prix Win

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Valtteri Bottas celebrating his third win of the season, along with Mercedes sixth successive constructors title. Image sourced from @MercedesAMGF1 via Twitter.

Bottas takes victory as Mercedes win constructors in Japanese Grand Prix.

Making History

Valtteri Bottas dominated the Japanese Grand Prix in Suzuka, securing Mercedes their sixth consecutive constructors title.

This is Bottas’ third victory of the season, the Finn’s first win since Baku.

Bottas: I’m very happy. I had a really nice start. The pace was super good.”

“I could control the race. I’m really proud to be part of the team. A sixth title is really impressive.”

The British teams efforts see them awarded with the record of being the first team to win both titles six times in a row.

Ferrari Falters

After a securing a front row lock-out Ferrari were poised for victory.

However, it wasn’t long before the Scuderia’s race was flipped on its head.

Starting from pole Sebastian Vettel jumped the start then stopped just before the lights went out.

Sebastian Vettel recovered from his poor start to take P2 in Suzuka. Image sourced from @PirelliSport via Twitter.

Although still in his grid slot, Vettel got a bad getaway as a result of his mistake, subsequently allowing Bottas to take lead into Turn 1.

Then it went from bad to worse for Ferrari as Charles Leclerc collided with Max Verstappen’s Red Bull.

In turn sending Verstappen hurtling across the grass.

Leclerc was then forced to pit due to wing damage, which resulted in carbon fibre being spewed across the circuit.

Luckily he was able to put his SF90 to good use, cutting his way through the field.

The Monegasque crossing the line in sixth place.

Bottas Dominates In Japan

As Bottas extended his lead out in-front Ferrari opted to pit Vettel one lap before Bottas.

Once the second stops rolled in Bottas had already pulled a decent margin over Vettel, with both drivers retaining their positions.

Hamilton in the other Silver Arrow stretched out his final stint, the Briton making his final stop during the closing stages.

Lewis Hamilton had to settle for P3 in Suzuka as he was unable to pass Vettel during the races latter stage. Image sourced from @MercedesAMGF1 via Twitter.

On his fresh rubber, Hamilton was able to cruise up to Vettel who was running in second place.

However, the German was able to fend off the reigning world champion.

Vettel: “It was a really poor start. Then it was difficult, Mercedes had more pace than us. It was a tough afternoon to keep second, but overall it was a positive day.”

Hamilton: “Congratulations to the team. So well deserved to win six years in a row. I just wanted to get the best points for the team today.”

Norris vs Albon

Alexander Albon brought home a career-best finish of fourth for Red Bull.

However, it’s a result that’s tinted by an incident between the Thai and McLaren’s Lando Norris at the infamous final chicane.

Rookie Lando Norris struggled to come back from his damage, the Brit finishing outside the points as a result. Image sourced from @McLarenF1 via Twitter.

Despite ruining Lando Norris’ race, Albon did not receive a penalty for the collision.

Carlos Sainz in the other McLaren came home in a brilliant fifth for the woking based squad.

The Spaniard finishing just ahead of Charles Leclerc in sixth place.

Ricciardo’s Resurgence

Daniel Ricciardo produced an amazing recovery drive for Renault after a less than ideal qualifying session.

Ricciardo opted to go deep into the race on the hard tyres, allowing him to be aggressive in the final stages, eventually coming through for seventh.

Pierre Gasly and Sergio Perez had an incident at Turn 1 on the ‘final lap’.

The Mexican driver being sent into the barriers as a result. Gasly escaped any major damage and completed the lap ahead.

However, an electrical fault which seen the chequered flag being shown a lap early means Gasly & Perez finish in eight and ninth respectively.

With Nico Hulkenberg rounding out the top ten for Renault.

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