Bottas turning Japanese

Seated 3rd on the grid for the 53 Japanese Grand Prix took control from a very good start.

With Ferrari on pole Seb Vettel did not have the ideal start from a roll forward then pause then pounce on the lights-out.

Mercedes had their lead man on a one stopper as Bottas was concerned being on a two stop strategy would his team mate pass him on fresher tyres. Not to be in the race result.

Drivers of the day were Alex Albon in 4th and Daniel Ricciardo in 7th. The Aussie has a canny way of getting his car into the points whether its a clash or just a tough machine to handle.

Next race is Mexico October 25.

POSNODRIVERCARLAPSTIME/RETIREDPTS
177Valtteri BottasMERCEDES521:21:46.75525
25Sebastian VettelFERRARI52+13.343s18
344Lewis HamiltonMERCEDES52+13.858s16
423Alexander AlbonRED BULL RACING HONDA52+59.537s12
555Carlos SainzMCLAREN RENAULT52+69.101s10
63Daniel RicciardoRENAULT51+1 lap8
716Charles LeclercFERRARI51+1 lap6
810Pierre GaslySCUDERIA TORO ROSSO HONDA51+1 lap4
911Sergio PerezRACING POINT BWT MERCEDES51+1 lap2
1027Nico HulkenbergRENAULT51+1 lap1
1118Lance StrollRACING POINT BWT MERCEDES51+1 lap0
1226Daniil KvyatSCUDERIA TORO ROSSO HONDA51+1 lap0
134Lando NorrisMCLAREN RENAULT51+1 lap0
147Kimi RäikkönenALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI51+1 lap0
158Romain GrosjeanHAAS FERRARI51+1 lap0
1699Antonio GiovinazziALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI51+1 lap0
1720Kevin MagnussenHAAS FERRARI51+1 lap0
1863George RussellWILLIAMS MERCEDES50+2 laps0
1988Robert KubicaWILLIAMS MERCEDES50+2 laps0
NC33Max VerstappenRED BULL RACING HONDA14DNF0

Note – The classifications of Ricciardo and Hulkenberg are provisional subject to the outcome of a protest initiated by Racing Point. Leclerc received a 5-second and a 10-second post-race penalty for causing a collision and then driving his car in an unsafe condition. Hamilton scored an additional point for setting the fastest lap of the race.