Overnight rain left half of the Japanese Grand Prix grid wet, leaving Hamilton to ponder how to get the best start from second. Unfortunately, his best efforts were not good enough and he fell down the order. And while he recovered, his team-mate soared off into the distance to win the race in the Land of the Rising Sun.
Rosberg completes Japanese Grand Prix clean sweep in qualifying.
Fastest in practice and qualifying, Rosberg remains on top in Suzuka to claim third straight Japanese Grand Prix pole. Narrowly edging Hamilton for the top spot, as McLaren faltered at Honda’s home and Ferrari bettered the ‘Bulls.
Nico Rosberg remains on top at the Japanese Grand Prix.
Three from three at the Japanese Grand Prix as Nico Rosberg goes top in final Suzuka practice. Hamilton may not have posted a soft tyre flyer in the final stages, but Rosberg completes a practice clean sweep as Renault end the hour in the top 10.
Nico Rosberg goes quickest in FP2 at the Japanese Grand Prix.
Narrow margins split the Silver Arrows, as Rosberg comes out fighting in FP2. Retaining the deficit from the opening session, leaving Hamilton to cross the line marginally down to his team-mate at the Japanese GP.
Nico Rosberg on top in FP1 for the Japanese Grad Prix.
Suzuka speed sits with Rosberg, as the championship leader sets the early pace. Edging Hamilton for the top spot, while Ferrari and Red Bull linger a second off the pace. In a session where Alonso and Grosjean both found the barriers.
Straight from Sepang, Formula One shoots into Suzuka round 17 – the Japanese Grand Prix. Home to Honda and Japan’s loyal fans, Suzuka always provides a show of colour, crazy, and controversy. Just what the sport needs as Rosberg edges away in the drivers’ championship after Hamilton exploded on and off track.
After taking the lead into the first corner of the first lap, Hamilton stormed from the field to take a comfortable Japanese Grand Prix victory. But while he lapped all but the point scorers, those lapped cars ensured the action continued until the chequered flag at a race where Alonso’s frustrations of Honda boiled over.