ALSO READLewis Hamilton wins 5th Chinese Grand Prix; Vettel 2nd ahead of Verstappen Red Bull's Max Verstappen beats Lewis Hamilton to win Malaysian Gran Prix Hamilton wins Singapore GP as title rival Vettel crashes; extends champions Hamilton vs Vettel: Formula One fans are gearing up for a fierce battle Heat is on Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel at Malaysian GP
Hamilton was victorious ahead of Red Bull pair Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo despite a late scare, while Vettel was forced to retire from the race he had barely started. He was forced to park up his broken Ferrari car on the opening laps after it lost power.
Hamilton had never taken pole at the Japanese Grand Prix until this weekend. He was, however, exemplary in Saturday's qualifying session.
Verstappen registered his second win in a week to extend his title lead to a near-impregnable 59 points.
Hamilton is now set to secure the world championship as early as the United States GP, later this month, if he extends his advantage over Vettel by another 16 points.
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