Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain steers his car during the Japanese   Grand Prix.
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain steers his car during the Japanese Grand Prix.
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain leads the field at the start of the Japanese Formula One Grand Prix.
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain leads the field at the start of the Japanese Formula One Grand Prix.
Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel retires as his car is taken to the pit.
Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel retires as his car is taken to the pit.
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain steers his car during the Japanese Grand Prix.
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain steers his car during the Japanese Grand Prix.
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain stands on his car as he celebrates after winning the Japanese Formula One Grand Prix at Suzuka.
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain stands on his car as he celebrates after winning the Japanese Formula One Grand Prix at Suzuka.
Renault driver Nico Hulkenberg of Germany leads Ferrari driver Kimi Raikkonen of Finland during the Japanese Formula One Grand Prix at Suzuka.
Renault driver Nico Hulkenberg of Germany leads Ferrari driver Kimi Raikkonen of Finland during the Japanese Formula One Grand Prix at Suzuka.
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain throws his trophy aloft as he celebrates after winning the Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka.
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain throws his trophy aloft as he celebrates after winning the Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka.
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain is congratulated by his team after winning the Japanese  Grand Prix.
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain is congratulated by his team after winning the Japanese Grand Prix.
Lewis Hamilton of Britain celebrates on the podium.
Lewis Hamilton of Britain celebrates on the podium.
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain stands on his car as he celebrates after winning the Japanese Formula One Grand Prix at Suzuka.
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain stands on his car as he celebrates after winning the Japanese Formula One Grand Prix at Suzuka.
Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo steers his car during the Japanese Grand Prix.
Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo steers his car during the Japanese Grand Prix.
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain steers his car during the Japanese   Grand Prix.
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain leads the field at the start of the Japanese Formula One Grand Prix.
Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel retires as his car is taken to the pit.
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain steers his car during the Japanese Grand Prix.
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain stands on his car as he celebrates after winning the Japanese Formula One Grand Prix at Suzuka.
Renault driver Nico Hulkenberg of Germany leads Ferrari driver Kimi Raikkonen of Finland during the Japanese Formula One Grand Prix at Suzuka.
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain throws his trophy aloft as he celebrates after winning the Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka.
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain is congratulated by his team after winning the Japanese  Grand Prix.
Lewis Hamilton of Britain celebrates on the podium.
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain stands on his car as he celebrates after winning the Japanese Formula One Grand Prix at Suzuka.
Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo steers his car during the Japanese Grand Prix.

Formula 1

Formula 1: Lewis Hamilton Wins Japanese Grand Prix As Sebastian Vettel Retires

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Lewis Hamilton has secured a dream victory in the Japanese GP against title rival Sebastian Vettel and has moved within one race of winning the F1 World Drivers' Championship.

Hamilton was victorious ahead of Red Bull pair Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo despite a late scare, while Vettel was forced to retire from the race he had barely started. He was forced to park up his broken Ferrari car on the opening laps after it lost power.

Hamilton had never taken pole at the Japanese Grand Prix until this weekend. He was, however, exemplary in Saturday's qualifying session.

Verstappen registered his second win in a week to extend his title lead to a near-impregnable 59 points.

Hamilton is now set to secure the world championship as early as the United States GP, later this month if he extends his advantage over Vettel by another 16 points. 

(Image Credit: AP)

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