My review of the 2018 F1 Japanese Grand Prix

After a dominant showing in all sessions of Friday practice, the Mercedes duo carried on their good form into qualifying. The two silver arrows securing the front row. Lewis Hamilton securing himself another pole with his team mate: Valtteri Bottas in second place. Hamilton’s championship rival Sebastian Vettel starting all the way down in 9th after misjudging when to go out on track because of a sudden downpour. After the track was drenched, no driver could do a quicker qualifying lap time. Therefore the fastest lap from Hamilton was deemed the pole position lap time.
The race started well for the two silver arrows, getting off the start grid well and leading into the first laps. Vettel’s race started off seemingly well, all his fans well aware that he couldn’t hang around. Vettel needing to get as many points as he can if he is to put his ever dwindling championship hopes back on track. Then a silly overtaking attempt on Max Verstappen went wrong. The outcome: pushing Verstappen off the track and putting himself into a spin which lost him all the places he had gained up until that point. Max on the other-hand had managed to stay in his third position and kept a strong pace until the end of the race, gaining a well deserved podium place.
Lewis Hamilton’s win in his Mercedes, has made his already likely championship victory even more certain. Valtteri Bottas in the other Mercedes playing second fiddle for the majority of the race. Bottas knowing that his championship battle is over, so during the race protected Hamilton by staying in second place and letting Hamilton get away.
My driver of the day is a close one between the two Red Bull drivers Max Verstappen finishing 4th and Daniel Ricciardo finishing 5th. I think after Daniel’s charge up the field from 15th to 5th was a very skilful effort. I definitely think he deserves to get my vote for the driver of the day.
The next race is in Austin, Texas. Lewis Hamilton can secure his 5th World Championship if Vettel has another poor showing. In my opinion Vettel already knows his title fight is over. His performance over the last several races has been not at his usual clean and well managed racing style. Too many mistakes and bad strategy calls from his Ferrari team are swinging the championship pendulum in Hamilton’s favour. I believe it is only a matter of time that Hamilton will be touching the trophy for the 5th time.
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Written by Ryan Gilruth


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