Lewis Hamilton is looking for a first ever win at Japan’s Suzuka Grand Prix, which would leave team-mate Nico Rosberg far behind in the Drivers’ Championship.
The Mercedes driver is now three points ahead of Rosberg who was forced to retire from the Singapore Grand Prix, and although insisting the title is not in his mind, a victory in Japan would let Hamilton fly high at the top of the table.
Hamilton won the last two Grand Prix that left him catch up with his team-mate at the top of the table. It was the third this campaign that the Briton has had to battle to close down a gap worth more than one victory’s point.
Red Bull presence
Refusing to admit that the Championship title is now with him, Hamilton showed that he is still aware of the threat from Red Bull.
Indeed with Australian driver Daniel Riccardo standing third, 57 points behind Hamilton, and German Sebastian Vettel not far behind in fifth place of the Drivers’ Championship, the Red Bull pair are still in contention for the title and the Mercedes team have to bear in mind these two lads to the very end of the Formula One season.
With five Grand Prix remaining it is imperative that Hamilton keep winning pole position and win the chequered flag, as the Red Bull cars have clearly demonstrated that they can win races this year.
Riccardo went on to win three races so far in Canada, Hungary, and most recently Belgium, and Vettel appearing on the podium on three occasions too.
The Japanese Grand Prix – Suzuka – is demanding high-speed curves and some switch-back corners make an extra spice to the race.
Red Bull’s cars have dominated Suzuka track in recent years with quadruple champion Vettel winning the Grand Prix in 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013 and in 2011, though not climbing the highest step of the podium, he finished second behind Hamilton’s ex McLaren team-mate Jenson Button.
We all saw that the Mercedes are the fastest cars on the track this season, which should give both drivers [Hamilton and Rosberg] a boost to shut down Red Bull’s tittle race.
It will be another classic Grand Prix of the Formula One calendar and driving skills will be shown by top drivers to maintain a very high-level of entertainment, this time, in the Land of the Rising Sun.