What a winning weekend! The Pure Pit Wall correctly predicted the three podium finishers (ROS, VES, HAM) at the Japanese Grand Prix as the MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS Formula One™ Team won its third consecutive Constructors’ World Championship.
MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS Formula One™ Team driver Nico Rosberg started from pole position and took a comfortable lead early on in the race to take victory in Japan by +4.978s from Max Verstappen in P2. This win was the 60th Formula One Grand Prix victory for the Silver Arrows, and Nico’s ninth win this season – his first ever at the Suzuka Circuit.
MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS Formula One™ Team driver Lewis Hamilton found himself in a tricky position as he had a slow start and was in P8 by the end of Lap 1. However, he recovered fantastically to finish in P3 and secure his 100th Formula One career podium. Lewis completed four overtakes in the race, with the total number being 54 (19 with DRS) as shown by the Pure Pit Wall.
Similar to 2015, Nico’s winning strategy was a two-stop choice with his first pit-stop happening on Lap 12 where he changed from Soft to Hard tyres, and a final stop on Lap 29 for another set of Hard compound tyres.
With only four races to go, the MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS Formula One™ Team (593) now lead Red Bull (385) by 208 points, a gap which cannot be outrun, giving the team the Constructors’ World Championship. In the Drivers’ Championship, Nico (313) leads by 33 points ahead of Lewis (280) in P2 and the race for the title is now just between the two Silver Arrows drivers.
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