ico Rosberg took a comfortable Japanese Grand Prix victory to extend
his championship lead over arch-rival Lewis Hamilton, after the defending
champion’s race was compromised by a poor start that left him eighth at the
end of the first lap.
The Briton recovered to finish third behind Red Bull Racing’s Max Verstappen
but Rosberg now leads his Mercedes team-mate by 33 points with four races to
go. Rosberg’s win and Hamilton’s third-place finish means that Mercedes now