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Nico Rosberg has revealed what Vettel must do to beat Hamilton at the Japan GP

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The Japan GP is set to be a cracker.

Incredibly, despite holding the record for most pole positions ever in Formula One, Lewis Hamilton had never been on pole in Japan.

But that hoodoo ended today for the Brit, who produced a stunning lap in Q3 to achieve his 71st pole position.

Hamilton now has a massive advantage over title rival Sebastian Vettel going into Sunday's race in Japan; where he will be looking to increase his 34-point lead over his rival.

Vettel himself qualified third fastest, but he will be alongside the Mercedes driver at the front of the grid following Valteri Bottas' five-place penalty.

Having previously relinquished a healthy advantage at the top of the F1 drivers' standings following a series of disappointing finishes, Vettel will be up against it once again if he is close the gap to his rival.

On a track where overtaking opportunities will be hard to come by, the four time world champion may struggle to oust his rival.

But Nico Rosberg has offered his opinion on what his fellow countryman must do in order to challenge Hamilton in tomorrow's race.

Speaking on Sky F1, Rosberg said: "Sebastian is starting from second and all it takes is a good start - he can win the race.

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"For anybody to beat Lewis you have to take advantage of the opportunities you get.

"That's what I was trying to do last year and it worked quite well and that's what Sebastian has to do this year."

Rosberg has been a long-time friend of Hamilton's, but a series of incidents when the two were both driving for Mercedes strained that friendship.

However, the German did have some words of praise for the Brit, admitting he would be very difficult to beat in tomorrow's race.


The reigning F1 world champion added: "He's one of the best of all-time in qualifying so it's always going to be difficult to beat him.

"His natural speed is just immense."

With just five races to go in the F1 calendar, the race for the World Drivers' Championship is hotting up.

Hamilton will be the odds on favourite to win his fourth championship, and he will be looking to increase his grip on the title at the Japan GP tomorrow.

However, he will have to fend off the competition posed by Sebastian Vettel, who himself will be ready to capitalise on any slip up that his Mercedes rival makes.

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