The Formula One Japanese Grand Prix got off on an extremely wet track with blinding visibility, behind a safety car. The race was red-flagged in the second lap due to increasingly harsh weather. By lap ten, track conditions had improved enough to recall the safety car and the race recommenced with pole sitter Nico Rosberg in the lead, closely followed by teammate and championship leader Lewis Hamilton. In lap 43 Adrian Sutil crashed his car along the tire barriers as torrential rains started once again. Then disaster hit in lap 44 as Marussia driver Jules Bianchi veered off the track hitting the Crain that was cleaning up the Sutil crash site. Hamilton had a ten second over Rosberg when the safety car was once again deployed due to the severity, of the Bianchi crash and worsening weather conditions, which lead to race officials stopping and calling the race.
Third place on the podium was Red Bull Sebastian Vettel followed by his teammate Daniel Ricciardo. Sadness over the Bianchi crash kept the celebrated atmosphere at a minimum. This win was a 30th career victory for leader and 2008 champion Lewis Hamilton who is one win short of matching champion hero and compatriot, Nigel Mansell’s record.
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