Formula One 2018: Lewis Hamilton wins Japan Grand Prix – as it happened

Hamilton wins the Japan Grand Prix at the Suzuka circuit 7.53am BST One more reader shout out, to Dee Evans. And now I’m going to get Giles Richards’s report up as quick as I can. 7.50am BST Verstappen, who finished third, says switching from the super soft to soft tyres helped him, but he’s not […]

Hamilton’s Japan Grand Prix win puts him closer to drivers’ championship | Sport

The venue for so many dramatic denouements to the Formula One season, this year’s Japanese Grand Prix has now also surely delivered the decisive victory to ensure Lewis Hamilton will secure his fifth world championship. For Hamilton at least, it went entirely to script, a drive of serene control where the win never looked in […]

Toto Wolff: ‘Lewis Hamilton is such a complex individual” | Sport

Speaking on the eve of the Japanese Grand Prix the Mercedes principal, Toto Wolff, is in a remarkable position. He is in within touching distance of stewarding his team to equalling the greatest run of success in Formula One history. The Austrian smiles when the subject is brought up but this relaxed demeanour is offset […]

Lewis Hamilton takes pole for Japanese F1 GP with Sebastian Vettel ninth | Sport

Lewis Hamilton took pole for the Japanese Grand Prix with his Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas in second and Red Bull’s Max Verstappen in third. Hamilton’s title rival Sebastian Vettel was in ninth after Ferrari made a mistake in selecting their tyres for the final runs in qualifying when intermittent rain was making the track conditions […]

Sebastian Vettel has to halt Lewis Hamilton’s F1 juggernaut in Japan | Sport

Last season the Japanese Grand Prix played host to the dramatic conclusion of a trilogy of races that left Sebastian Vettel’s title hopes shattered and Ferrari shell-shocked. So strong for so long in the Formula One championship, the German was forced to endure a torturous collapse as Lewis Hamilton took a huge lead at Suzuka. […]

Mercedes team orders leave a sour taste in Sochi as Ferrari struggle again | Sport

Russia 2018 is not a repeat of Austria 2002 The spectre of Austria 2002 continues to hang over every instance of teams employing orders. When Ferrari made Rubens Barrichello move over for Michael Schumacher it was a decision of such cynical overkill it rightly remains infamous. At that point the season was only five races […]

Lewis Hamilton wins Russian Grand Prix but is unhappy with team orders | Sport

Should Lewis Hamilton go on to secure the world championship this year, his win at the Russian Grand Prix will be the only victory in a superlative season from which he will take no pleasure. His victory, ensured the moment Mercedes employed orders allowing him to pass his teammate, Valtteri Bottas, proved an ill-sitting success […]