Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton wins Formula 1 at Japanese Grand Prix, beating Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo.

Hamilton converted pole into an early lead while second-placed Vettel began to drop back immediately, minutes after his Ferrari team had taken the engine cover off the car on the grid to check a spark plug problem.

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Vettel’s lack of pace meant Verstappen, who passed Red Bull team-mate Daniel Ricciardo off the line, picked off Vettel at the hairpin on the opening lap, before the Ferrari dropped another three places at the start and lined at position 6th, when the safety car came out.

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Carlos Sainz crashing his Toro Rosso at Turn 6, later Vettel went down to eighth before he retired the car on lap 4.

The rest of the race was basically decided, just Max pushing Lewis, but not able to catch him until the checkered flag.

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