Hamilton Closes In On Fourth World Title

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Lewis Hamilton clinched a vital win in Japan to edge ever closer to his fourth World Drivers' title, as Ferrari came unstuck yet again.

All of the Scuderia's outstanding work during the first half of the season has been undone following the summer break; a series of mechanical failures, retirements and grid penalties has resulted in Sebastian Vettel handing the ascendancy to Mercedes and Hamilton. 

The latest win for the Briton means he can now win the title at the USA Grand Prix in 10 days, providing it all goes his way. Regardless, it looks like a matter of when, not if, Hamilton lifts aloft a fourth world title that will make him the most successful British driver of all time.

Vettel's torrid second half of the season took a steeper decline at Suzuka, where he was forced to retire very early on with a spark plug failure. Hamilton had a reasonably uneventful race, leading from start to finish. The only hairy moment he faced were during the last two laps, when failing tires and a Virtual Safety Car almost resulted in Max Verstappen pipping him at the post. Alas, he drove home to another win. 

Elsewhere, Jolyon Palmer signed off his career in F1 with a P12 finish. It remains to be seen whether or not he'll be on the grid come next March. 

Next up is Austin, a fantastic spectacle with an ever growing fan base. Will we see a Hamilton title victory? Or does Ferrari and Vettel have one more round left in them? 

Philip Boeckman

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