By Fatih Erel
ISTANBUL (AA) – Mercedes' British driver Lewis Hamilton won the Japan Grand Prix, which was the 17th race of the 2018 FIA Formula One World Championship, on Sunday.
The race was held at the Suzuka International Racing Course, a circuit of 5,807 kilometers (3,600 miles) in length, comprising 53 laps.
Hamilton won his fourth straight Grand Prix and Suzuka race was Hamilton’s sixth victory in the last seven races.
His main rival Ferrari's German driver Sebastian Vettel ended up sixth and Hamilton extended his title lead over Vettel to 67 points.
Valtteri Bottas finished at the second place after his teammate to make it a Mercedes one-two.
Max Verstappen finished third to complete the podium.
"Naturally I’m very, very happy. The whole weekend has been incredibly strong from the team. A great one-two from Mercedes. A true showing of the real strength in depth we have as a team," Hamilton said after the race.
Hamilton completed the contest in one hour, 27 minutes and 17 seconds.
His teammate Valtteri Bottas finished the race 12.9 seconds after Hamilton.
The upcoming Grand Prix will be held in the U.S. on Oct. 21.
– Season's driver and constructor standings are:
– Top 5 drivers
1. Lewis Hamilton (Great Britain): 331 points
2. Sebastian Vettel (Germany): 264
3. Valtteri Bottas (Finland): 207
4. Kimi Raikkonen (Finland): 196
5. Max Verstappen (Dutch): 173
– Top 5 constructors
1. Mercedes: 538 points
2. Ferrari: 460
3. Red Bull: 319
4. Renault: 92
5. Haas: 84