Lewis Hamiltom took his 61st career victory today in the 2017 Japanese Grand Prix

It was also his third at the Suzuka International Racing Circuit, eighth of the 2017 season and 40th win with the Silver Arrows.

Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo were the other podium finishers.

Hamilton (306 points) leads the Drivers’ Championship by 59 points from Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel (247 points). He is now the heavy favourite to claim the title.

Hamilton commented:

"The start was okay, although the initial getaway was not spectacularly good, I had a bit of wheel spin. But from then on I had a good start and it was pretty much under control from there.

"I was trying to manage the pace and the tyres; it was a long way to go, it was the hottest the track had been all weekend, so that was really crucial. With the VSC towards the end, I lost a lot of temperatures in the tyres and waking them up was not so easy.

"I got stuck behind traffic, I was losing so much time and Max’s car was so big in my mirror. It was very close for a couple laps, but I was able to keep it together. It was not an easy walk in the park today, it was a win that I had to work very hard for. Great race by Max, I enjoyed racing him. It’s almost unbelievable to think we are where we are in the championship. I was excited to race Sebastian today, but he was obviously very unfortunate."

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Race Results

Pos.DriverTeamTime/Retired
1Lewis HamiltonMercedes27:31.2
2Max VerstappenRed Bull Racing+1.211s
3Daniel RicciardoRed Bull Racing+9.679s
4Valtteri BottasMercedes+10.580s
5Kimi RaikkonenFerrari+32.622s
6Esteban OconForce India+67.788s
7Sergio PerezForce India+71.424s
8Kevin MagnussenHaas+88.953s
9Romain GrosjeanHaas+89.883s
10Felipe MassaWilliams+1 lap
11Fernando AlonsoMcLaren+1 lap
12Jolyon PalmerRenault+1 lap
13Pierre GaslyToro Rosso+1 lap
14Stoffel VandoorneMcLaren+1 lap
15Pascal WehrleinSauber+2 laps
NCLance StrollWilliamsDNF
NCNico HulkenbergRenaultDNF
NCMarcus EricssonSauberDNF
NCSebastian VettelFerrariDNF
NCCarlos SainzToro RossoDNF

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