Vodafone McLaren Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton wins the Japanese grand prix. Hamilton is now leading the Formula 1 World Championship by 12 points ahead of Fernando Alonso. It looks more and more likely that Hamilton will be Formula 1 World Champion.
An eventful and very wet race at the Fuji Speedway in Japan started behind the safety car with near zero-visibility. After some laps behind the safety car, conditions started to improve and the race got underway with Hamilton leading. Lewis was pulling away from Alonso and was leading by over 2 seconds after a few laps. Everything seemed to go his way until Fettel rammed into the right-rear wheel of Hamilton – but Lewis was able to continue the race, and he was over 9 seconds ahead of Alonso at that time. But then Alonso also was hit by another driver (Vettel again?), but Fernando was able to continue despite some bodywork damage.
But with 25 laps to go Fernando Alonso aquaplaned off the track and into the barriers retiring him from the race letting Lewis gain 10 points more than him with only 2 races to go.
All in all a very eventful race, some nice action, some spins, some crashes and at the end there was some awesome action between Raikkonen and Kovalained fighting for second place and Massa overtaking Kubica on the last lap trying to pass by going over grass and blocking – some exciting few seconds.
Japanese Grand Prix, Fuji Speedway Race Results:
1. HAMILTON McLaren 2h00m34.759s 2. KOVALAINEN Renault +8.3s 3. RAIKKONEN Ferrari +9.4s 4. COULTHARD Red Bull +20.2s 5. FISICHELLA Renault +38.8s 6. MASSA Ferrari +49.0s 7. KUBICA BMW +49.2s 8. LIUZZI Toro Rosso +55.6s 9. SUTIL Spyker +60.1s 10. BARRICHELLO Honda +88.3s 11. BUTTON Honda +1 lap 12. YAMAMOTO Spyker +1 lap 13. TRULLI Toyota +1 lap 14. HEIDFELD BMW +2 laps 15. SATO Super Aguri +2 laps R. SCHUMACHER Toyota +12 laps R. DAVIDSON Super Aguri +13 laps R. ROSBERG Williams +18 laps R. VETTEL Toro Rosso +21 laps R. WEBBER Red Bull +22 laps R. ALONSO McLaren +25 laps R. WURZ Williams +48 laps