F1 records have fallen are being continually rewritten by Lewis Hamilton of Team Mercedes as he closes in on this third championship. Hamilton added another pole and another victory to his resume when he won the Japanese Grand Prix.
Assisting Hamilton in his quest is Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel, who is seeing any chances of a F1 title slip away as his car yet again failed to run the entire races.
Hamilton had only to keep the Team Red Bull pair of Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen in his mirrors. Verstappen was a late scare for Hamilton, as Verstappen, his nostrils filled with the scent of victory after his win in Malaysia, charged hard in a furious effort to win two consecutive.
Hamilton now holds a 59-point advantage over Vettel and a 72-point lead over his teammate Valtteri Bottas, a lead that seems to be unassailable, so long as Hamilton runs anything like he has for the entire season.
Just like the Ferrari’s (we wish) we typically drive, Vettel experienced engine difficulties in the opening laps and had to park for the remainder of the race. The problem made itself apparent in the grid and as soon as the race got underway, it was obvious that Vettel completely lacked speed.
It turned out that the culprit was a faulty spark plug, something that makes us empathise with Vettel, as we have often been unable to find an honest mechanic.
Hamilton could secure the world championship as early as the latter part of October at eh United States Grand Prix if he can extend his lead on Vettel by 16 points.
That will enable him to finish out the season as though he were Jason Day, strolling down the 18th fairway with a four-shot lead and his tee shot dead center in the middle of the fairway.