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Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 21 October 2018

Lewis Hamilton wins Japanese GP to move 67 points ahead of Sebastian Vettel

Fourth win in a row for the world champion as his title rival finishes only sixth after clash with Max Verstappen

Lewis Hamilton leads at the start on his way to winning the Japanese Grand Prix. Reuters
Lewis Hamilton leads at the start on his way to winning the Japanese Grand Prix. Reuters

Lewis Hamilton moved a step closer to winning his fifth Formula One drivers' title as he dominated the Japanese Grand Prix on Sunday.

The Mercedes-GP driver is now 67 points ahead of nearest rival Sebastian Vettel, with only a maximum 100 left to be won.

Hamilton led all 53 laps to extend his winning run to four races on the trot.

Vettel could only finish sixth at Suzuka in his Ferrari as he lost ground early in the race after spinning off following a clash with Red Bull Racing's Max Verstappen.

If Hamilton wins the United States Grand Prix on October 22 in Austin and Vettel is not second then the Briton will seal the championship with three races to spare.

Valtteri Bottas finished second behind his Mercedes teammate, with Verstappen completing the podium ahead of the second Red Bull of Daniel Ricciardo.

Kimi Raikkonen was fifth in his Ferrari, as Vettel recovered from being as low as 19th at one stage after his coming together with Verstappen to secure sixth place.

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