Lewis Hamilton wins the 2018 Japanese GP

Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton has won the 2018 Japanese Formula One Grand Prix. His team mate Valtteri Bottas finished second, while Red Bull's Max Verstappen came third despite serving a five-second time penalty for colliding Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen. 

Daniel Ricciardo, who started from fifteenth place, managed to bring his Red Bull home in fourth place ahead of Kimi Raikkonen. Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari) started from eighth place, but got off to a good start and quickly made his way up the field. At one point, he was trailing Verstappen. But, after colliding with the Red Bull on lap 8, Vettel dropped down to nineteenth place. In the end, Hamilton's championship rival had to settle for sixth place.

Force India's Sergio Perez came seventh ahead of Romain Grosjean's Haas. Esteban Ocon in the other Force India finished in ninth place, while Carlos Sainz grabbed the final championship point for Renault in tenth. 

Charles Leclerc (Alfa Romeo Sauber) collided with Kevin Magnussen (Haas), which left the latter's car with a punctured rear tyre. The damage caused to the floor of the Haas forced Magnussen to retire from the race. Leclerc and Nico Hulkenberg (Renault) retired due to mechanical issues.

Lewis Hamilton has extended his lead over Sebastian Vettel in the World Driver's Championship to 67 points with four races to go. The next race will be held in Austin, Texas on October 21, 2018.

World Drivers' Championship standings:

Lewis Hamilton - 331

Sebastian Vettel - 264

Valtteri Bottas - 207

World Constructors' Championship standings:

Mercedes - 538

Ferrari - 460

Red Bull - 319

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