Bottas Wins Japanese Grand Prix and Mercedes Win their 6th Constructors Championship 1

Bottas Wins Japanese Grand Prix and Mercedes Win their 6th Constructors Championship

Valtteri Bottas overtook pole-sitter Sebastian Vettel at the start and went ahead to win the Japanese Grand Prix to help Mercedes clinch a record-tying sixth straight constructors’ championship, a day after Typhoon Hagibis battered parts of the country.

Coming to the race day, there were concerns about whether their would be qualifying but the Quali happened in the early hours of the day and the race happened in the evening.

The Mercedes driver started in third position but took advantage of Sebastian Vettel’s fault start to overtake the German to go on and lead the race till he won it.

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Bottas overtook Vettel at the start after the German had a false start. (Image Credit: racing post)

Bottas picked up his third win of the season and first since Azerbaijan in April to close the gap on Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton in the drivers’ standings but the latter still holds a hefty 64-point advantage with only four races remaining as he bids for a fifth individual title in six years.

Mercedes matched Ferrari’s constructors’ winning streak from 1999-2004 during the days of Michael Schumacher but with Hamilton or Bottas now the only two racers who can win the drivers’ title, they’re assured of a sixth straight double to pass the legendary Italian team.

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Mercedes also clinched their 6th consecutive constructors championship on Sunday. (Image Credit: checkered flag)
“I had a really nice start and Sebastian had an issue so I got the lead and the pace was super good,” Bottas, who finished more than 13 seconds ahead of Vettel, told reporters. “I enjoyed it and had fun.
“I’m really proud to be part of the team, sixth title in a row is so impressive and proud of every team member here at the race. Well done, guys and girls.”
It all could have been so different for Vettel had he hung on to his spot at the front of the queue as Ferrari grabbed a fifth straight pole. The German won qualifying earlier Sunday in sunny skies ahead of teammate Charles Leclerc and Bottas
“It was a really poor start. With the lack of pace, second is probably the maximum but I’m not happy with the very first start of the race. To get pole and second is a reasonable day.” Said Vettel.
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