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Rosberg extends lead as all drivers finish Japanese race // Hamilton suffers another poor race start

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Rosberg extends lead as all drivers finish Japanese race
Credit: Mercedes-Benz Grand Prix
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The result of the Japanese Grand Prix followed the tradition of many races this season – it all came down to the start. Nico Rosberg got off to a storming start from pole position, held back the Red Bulls who attempted a different strategy to try and sneak ahead, and took race victory with Verstappen almost five seconds behind him.

For Lewis Hamilton, with all the work to do after a disappointing Malaysian retirement last weekend, it was a different story. He got off to a poor start which he has admitted was his own mistake, and dropped down to eighth. He worked his way back up to third in impressive style, but of course, Rosberg’s championship lead has now extended to 33 points with four races to go.

Meanwhile, all 22 drivers got to the chequered flag with no retirements, and the only other excitement appears to have been a slightly aggressive defense from Verstappen on Hamilton, which Mercedes initially protested to the stewards but then withdrew their complaint.