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Sport Bottas ends long wait for victory as Mercedes seal constructors' title in Japan

11:20  13 october  2019
11:20  13 october  2019 Source:   performgroup.com

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Valtteri Bottas claimed victory at the Japanese Grand Prix to help Mercedes win their sixth consecutive constructors ’ championship with Bottas ’s win has just kept his championship hopes alive, although Hamilton is still on course to take his sixth title . The British driver leads the Finn by 64

Valtteri Viktor Bottas (Finnish pronunciation: [ˈʋɑltːeɾi ˈbotːɑs]; born 28 August 1989) is a Finnish racing driver currently competing in Formula One with Mercedes

a bunch of items that are on fire: Bottas takes the lead of the Japanese Grand Prix at the first corner © Getty Images Bottas takes the lead of the Japanese Grand Prix at the first corner

Valtteri Bottas claimed his first Formula One victory in 13 races at the Japanese Grand Prix as Mercedes won a sixth consecutive constructors' championship on Sunday.

Ferrari had secured a surprise front-row lockout in qualifying - which was moved to the morning of the race due to Typhoon Hagibis - but Sebastian Vettel paid the price for a poor start from pole position and had to settle for second place.

Lewis Hamilton was third and added another point for the fastest lap as his lead in the drivers' championship over Bottas was reduced to 64 points.

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  How soon can Hamilton win F1 title? The latest title permuations with Lewis Hamilton potentially just two races away from clinching his sixth world crown.The Mercedes driver's ninth victory of the year in Russia moved him 73 points clear of Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas and 107 points ahead of next-nearest challenger Charles Leclerc.

Valtteri Bottas ended his six-month wait for another 2019 victory with an impressive drive as his win combined with Lewis Hamilton's third position clinched the Constructors ' Championship for Bottas takes six points out of Hamilton's title lead - reducing his deficit to 66 points - but the Englishman will

Valtteri Bottas won the Japanese Grand Prix with Lewis Hamilton third behind Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel to Their victory breaks the record of five title doubles set by Michael Schumacher and Ferrari from 2000-4 Read more on Bottas wins in Japan as Mercedes secure constructors ' title - reaction.

Max Verstappen had to retire after a first-lap incident with Charles Leclerc, who recovered to finish in sixth position behind Red Bull's Alex Albon and McLaren driver Carlos Sainz.

Mercedes became the second team in history to win six straight team titles after Ferrari's run with Michael Schumacher from 1999-2004.

And they are now guaranteed to be the first outfit to win six straight driver and constructor doubles, with Hamilton or Bottas the only drivers who can mathematically win the title.

After claiming a surprise pole for the first time in 10 races, Vettel had a dreadful start.

Mercedes upgrade in Ferrari battle

  Mercedes upgrade in Ferrari battle Title-chasing Mercedes will introduce "minor upgrades" onto their W10 car at the Japanese GP as they bid to counter Ferrari's surge.On the weekend in which they could secure a sixth successive Constructors' Championship by delivering a strong result, Mercedes have confirmed some development parts will be added to their car for Suzuka - one of the sport's most flowing and downforce-critical circuits.

The result gives Mercedes an unassailable lead in the constructors ' championship, effectively At the end of the penultimate lap, 52, Hamilton had a look down the inside going into the chicane, but had to The final points went to the battling Williams drivers Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas , who were

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He mistimed his launch and Bottas surged up from third on the grid into the lead, though there was partial relief for the Ferrari as no action was taken after an investigation over whether he had jumped the start.

In an explosive beginning to the race, Verstappen was hit by Leclerc at turn two, the Monegasque dropping to the back after pitting for a new front wing and the angry Red Bull star, who spun off track, ultimately having to retire on lap 15.

Hamilton was frustrated over Mercedes' strategy on team radio after coming out of the first round of pit stops 10 seconds behind Vettel in a distant third place, having stayed out for longer than the German and team-mate Bottas.

The Briton was leading the race when Bottas and Vettel pitted for the second time and may have briefly pondered staying out in a one-stop strategy as he asked his team what he could do to win, having earlier bemoaned being "out of the race".

Mercedes explain '50-50' Hamilton call

  Mercedes explain '50-50' Hamilton call Toto Wolff admitted Mercedes faced a "50-50 call" when opting to pit Lewis Hamilton from the lead towards the end of the Japanese GP.Bottas unexpectedly dominated the race despite Ferrari's front-row lockout, but it was Hamilton - who ran third for most of the afternoon - who found himself in front after Bottas followed Sebastian Vettel into the pits for a second time.

Brilliant Bottas beats Vettel in Suzuka as Mercedes crowned constructors ’ champions again. A searing start from Valtteri Bottas from third on the grid was the key to the Finn taking victory at the Japanese Grand But the canny Australian had converted that to seventh by the race end , as the

Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton reflected on an excellent day at Suzuka as Mercedes closed in on a sixth consecutive constructors ' title . That was a sentiment shared by defending champion Hamilton, who is firmly on track for a sixth world title and has won four of the past five races in Japan .

But when he eventually made his next stop due to degradation, he came out five seconds behind the Ferrari on significantly fresher tyres.

With five laps to go, Hamilton had caught Vettel but the Ferrari's straight-line speed meant the German remained ahead to cling on to second spot, adding to the championship leader's frustration.

Bottas, who had shown the fastest Friday pace before Ferrari's qualifying surprise, was left to claim his third victory of the season and first since Baku in April.

LECLERC & VERSTAPPEN CLASH

Following his incident with Verstappen, Leclerc initially stayed out despite visible damage to his front wing, with his wing mirror soon falling off completely as Hamilton behind questioned why he had not been ordered to stop.

Ferrari had been advising Leclerc to pit and he eventually opted to do so on lap four, coming back out last and having to work his way through the field.

Why Vettel wasn't penalised for start

  Why Vettel wasn't penalised for start The FIA has explained why Sebastian Vettel's getaway from pole position in the Japanese GP was not met with a jump-start penalty.Vettel's hard-earned and impressive pole, achieved earlier on Sunday at Suzuka, was compromised even before the lights went out in the race when the German rolled forward in his grid box.

SUZUKA, Japan (Reuters) - Valtteri Bottas was fastest in practice for the Japanese Formula One Grand Prix on Friday ahead of team mate Lewis Hamilton, which could see the Mercedes pair lock out the front row of the grid if qualifying is cancelled due to Typhoon Hagibis.

Hamilton cannot quite seal his sixth world drivers' championship in Japan , but if results go their way, Mercedes can clinch the constructors ' title and ensure Hamilton, who is 73 points ahead of Bottas and 107 clear of third-placed Charles Leclerc of Ferrari, needs to gain just five points on his rivals in

Initially race stewards said there would be no investigation but on lap seven they appeared to have changed their mind as they began looking into it, before saying they would continue their review after the race.

Verstappen stayed out towards the back but Red Bull team boss Christian Horner confirmed the damage incurred was "aerodynamically significant".

The Dutchman complained about movement under braking and then ironically was passed by Leclerc in a battle for 16th on lap nine, shortly before the decision was taken to retire his car.

"What more does he have to do to get a penalty?" Verstappen asked after his retirement before going on to label Leclerc "irresponsible".

SAINZ AND RICCIARDO IMPRESS IN MIDFIELD BATTLE

Sainz was once again the class of the midfield cars with an excellent fifth-place finish, his fifth top-six finish in the last eight races.

Daniel Ricciardo impressed for Renault with a drive that saw him end up seventh having started 16th, a long first stint being rewarded.

Lando Norris ended up outside the points in 13th after coming off second best from a lap-five scrap with Albon, who went unpunished despite the McLaren driver's claims he had been forced off the track.

IN THE POINTS

1. Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes)

2. Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari) +13.343secs

3. Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) +13.858secs

4. Alexander Albon (Red Bull) +59.537secs

5. Carlos Sainz (McLaren) +69.101secs

6. Charles Leclerc (Ferrari) +1 lap

7.Daniel Ricciardo (Renault) +1 lap

8. Pierre Gasly (Toro Rosso) +1 lap

9. Sergio Perez (Racing Point) +1 lap

10. Nico Hulkenberg (Renault) +1 lap

DRIVER STANDINGS

1. Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) 338

2. Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes) 274 (-64)

3. Charles Leclerc (Ferrari) 223 (-115)

4. Max Verstappen (Red Bull) 212 (-126)

5. Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari) 212 (-126)

CONSTRUCTOR STANDINGS

1. Mercedes 612

2. Ferrari 435 (-177)

3. Red Bull 323 (-289)

4. McLaren 111 (-501)

5. Renault 75 (-537)

WHAT'S NEXT?

There are just four races remaining in the 2019 season, with the Mexican Grand Prix - which Verstappen has won in each of the last two years - next in two weeks' time.

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