Lewis Hamilton, as well as the rest of this year's drivers, have fallen miles behind one man - Sebastian Vettel - who looks unstoppable.
100 points are still up for grabs in this season's Formula One, however, with a lead of 90 points, Sebastien Vettel looks on course to win his fourth consecutive title.
Despite being the most scrappiest of his five successive victories, it was the same outcome in Japan as the German driver taking the top place on the podium once again, with former champions such as Hamilton and Fernando Alonso watching on as the champagne soaked into the jackets of the Red Bull team, not for the first and probably not for the last time this season.
At the end of the race, a tired and weakened Hamilton told reporters: "I'm looking forward to Christmas".
Since victory in Hungary in July, Hamilton has had one podium finish in the last five races and lies fourth in the standings, 136 points behind leader Vettel.
The British driver had to curse his personal luck when a good start was halted on the first corner in Suzuka, tearing a hole in his right rear tyre following a collision with Vettel's wing.
"How unlucky can you be?" Hamilton is quoted in the The Mirror. "I thought 'wow, I had a better start than the Red Bulls for the first time ever'. It was not meant to be. It wasn't Seb's fault, he just drove straight on."
"I never thought I'd win because the team told me he was four-lengths quicker but I thought I could, at least, lead."
Hamilton was also disappointed to have lost ground with Ferrari who opened the gap to ten points in the Constructors championship.
"We are the second quickest team, so it is gutting for me to see the guys working so hard and not getting the results they deserve".
Hamilton remains positive and hopes to recapture the glory days he had at McLaren, for Mercedes.
"Things have not been going our way". Adds Hamilton. "But it's OK, the glass is half full and not half empty. Hopefully we will get all of the bad luck out of the way now and have a good year next year".
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