Formula One - Hamilton puts hammer down to win in Japan

Third-placed Ferrari's German driver Sebastian Vettel (R) pours champagne over winner Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain as he makes a speech on the podium after the Formula One Japanese Grand Prix in Suzuka on September 27, 2015. AFP PHOTO / YURIKO NAKAO (AFP Photo/YURIKO NAKAO)
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- Lewis Hamilton blazed to victory at the Japanese Grand Prix ahead of Mercedes team mate Nico Rosberg to strengthen his grip on a third world title. The Briton, who is chasing back-to-back Formula One championships, opened a 48-point gap over Rosberg with five races left after putting on a masterclass at Suzuka. Sebastian Vettel, surprise winner in Singapore last week, took third with Kimi Raikkonen fourth in the second Ferrari. "Awesome stuff, Lewis! Fantastic race, mate!" Hamilton's team engineer said over the radio as he took the chequered flag 19 seconds ahead of Rosberg, pumping his fists to celebrate an eighth victory in 14 races this season.

AFP