Lewis Hamilton can win fifth F1 world title at United States GP

07 October, 2018, 21:27 | Author: Suzanne Horton
  • Hamilton says he is not thinking about a fifth world title despite his huge lead in the standings

When asked whether Vettel deserved a penalty for the move, Verstappen compared it to his ill-fated move on the German in the closing stages of April's Chinese GP - which spun both cars around and yielded a 10-second penalty for the Red Bull driver. By that time the rest of the top ten had clocked times on slick tyres in the dry, putting the pressure on Vettel who then made a mistake at Spoon corner.

Having quickly progressed from eighth on the grid following his poor qualifying, Vettel was attacking Verstappen for third at Spoon corner on the first lap after an early safety vehicle at Suzuka when they tangled and the Ferrari spun. He resumed in 19th place with a damaged vehicle.

In front of him Verstappen overcooked it under pressure from Raikkonen at the chicane and went off, then squeezed the Finn when rejoining, Vettel took advantage to nip round his teammate to take fourth by the end of the first lap.

Hamilton's lead over Vettel is now 67 points with four races remaining, worth 100 points. "It is a great one-two for Mercedes. We've just been focusing on trying to do the best job we can and maximise the potential of our own ability, that's all we can do". "I gave Sebastian space, but he under-steered into my auto". "Austin is generally a good track for us and I can't wait to unleash this beast there", said Hamilton after leading every lap at Suzuka for his 71st career win.

That resulted in light contact with Kimi Raikkonen, who was forced wide as he tried to pass the Red Bull on the outside, and allowed Vettel to sneak ahead of his team-mate.

Ocon was not able to match his team-mate and finished ninth, with Carlos Sainz Jr beating Gasly to the final point after passing him late on.

The German recovered to finish sixth after spinning to the back of the field when he collided with Red Bull's Max Verstappen trying an ambitious move for third place into the hard Spoon Curve.


Sebastian Vettel tore into Red Bull's Max Verstappen for a hair-raising collision in Japan on Sunday that all but killed off the German's fading Formula One title hopes.

"For me, the gap was there - otherwise I wouldn't do it", Vettel added.

"It's normal that it sometimes gets close but you need to always give the space and in that case I couldn't go anywhere and then we touched".

Vettel was adamant Verstappen was fully to blame.

The move appeared to be a little too much too soon, especially at Spoon and given that the Dutchman had a five second penalty to take at his stop.

"The Ferraris pulled out of the garage on the inters and I honestly didn't think it was the right decision", said the Briton, who has won five of the last six races to stand on the cusp of retaining his world title.

"Of course we didn't spin off the track [like in China], but he drove into the side of my vehicle. I'll just cut the corner".

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