F1: Japanese Grand Prix - 5 talking points
The Japanese GP was one of the few races held this year, where the wheel-to-wheel racing overshadowed the complex technical specifications associated with the sport. Skills on the wheel influenced the result much more in Japan than it had in the recent years. Rain threatened to play spoilsport all weekend but remained noticeably absent on the race day.
The GP did not have any the safety car period (not even the virtual one!). All twenty-two drivers on the grid finished the race.
Nico Rosberg won the race after starting from the pole position. With 4 races left, he increased his lead over Lewis Hamilton to 33 points. Lewis Hamilton had a start to forget as he found himself in the 8th position before the first turn. Putting aside the disastrous start, Lewis drove with confidence to limit the damage.
Mercedes won the 2016 Constructors Championship title at Suzuka,Japan. With this title, they have also joined the elite league of teams who have won the Constructors championship for three and more consecutive years.
Honda had a race to forget at home. Both the former World Champions Button and Alonso could not even qualify to Q2. Scuderia Ferrari was surprisingly competitive all weekend.
Here are the five moments from the Japanese GP.
#1 Rosberg tightens grip on the Driver’s Championship
Nico Rosberg has further increased the lead over his teammate in the recently concluded Japanese GP. He is now 33 points clear off Lewis with only four races left in the present season.
At Suzuka, Rosberg made a clean start and dictated the race from start to finish. During the entire race, he managed his car with aplomb. The gap between Nico’s car and the one behind his car never dipped below 5 seconds mark.
During the later stage of the race, Max Verstappen pushed hard to defend his track position from Hamilton. Rosberg responded to the situation to maintain a substantial lead over the Red Bull driver.
On current form, Nico Rosberg is all set to win his first World Championship title. If he finishes 2nd in the remaining races, he will surely win the title. If he finishes 3rd in the next three races, the title would be decided in the season finale at Abu Dhabi.