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4. 2007 Japanese Grand Prix

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When the Fuji Speedway hosted it's first Japanese Grand Prix in 30 years in 2007 memories of the famous race there back in 1976, when James Hunt won the title from Niki Lauda, were brought back as the heavens opened for both Saturday and Sunday and Lewis Hamilton produced one of his most dominant wins ever.

Very heavy rain and mist meant visibility was very poor on race day, the race began behind the safety car and would run for 19 laps as the conditions failed to improve. Both Ferrari's of Kimi Raikkonen and Felipe Massa were forced to pit after putting intermediate tyres on their cars as opposed to the obligatory full wets which must be put on under a safety car start.

As conditions showed a slight sign of improvement, Vitantonio Liuzzi, who was a lap down, was asked to unlap himself and speed around the circuit to give an idea of how the track conditions were.

Quite soon the race would begin properly with Hamilton leading from team-mate Fernando Alonso with Sebastian Vettel third after Nick Heidfeld and Jenson Button collided.

At the start Alex Wurz spun at the first corner and was hit by Felipe Massa, sending Wurz into retirement, Hamilton continued to lead but Alonso, who had run wide a few times would crash at turn 5 causing a safety car.

That promoted Mark Webber upto second ahead of Vettel, however under the safety car the then inexperienced German crashed into the back of Webber forcing both into retirement.

That promoted Heikki Kovalainen in the Renault up to second ahead of Kimi Raikkonen and that would be the final finishing positions, Hamilton ahead of Kovalainen and Raikkonen, the first time ever two Finn's were on the podium.

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