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Hamilton Victory Overshadowed by Horrific Crash

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Hamilton Japan 2014For the 2014 instalment of the Japanese Grand Prix the land of the riding sun had no sunshine to be seen. Torrential rain, a precursor to a pending typhoon, beat down on the tarmac. With Lewis Hamilton currently leading the world championship and his team mate just points behind, this race held the potential to be a pivotal moment. Rosberg claimed pole position the previous day resulting in Hamilton settling for second on the grid. Once again the Mercedes cars were dominant in qualifying leaving the rest of the field for dust.

Conditions were so bad that the first two laps were completed under safety car before the race being stopped. Visibility was very poor and the amount of standing water on the track made the stoppage a logical decision. The race then restarted on lap 3 under safety car once again but just as things were back in motion, Alonso dropped out with an electrical fault. Lap 10 at last saw the safety car return to the pits and the racing begin. As the cars fought for traction it was Hamilton who immediately applied pressure to the leader. It was another bold tyre choice for Jenson Button who went from full wets to intermediate, this again worked out for the Brit who thrives in these conditions. The Williams cars struggled in the wet and it wasn’t too long before the McLaren of button and the Red Bulls took advantage. By this point the field had all moved to intermediate tyres and Hamilton was about to pull off an overtake to be remembered. Getting a better run down the main straight than Rosberg, Hamilton shot around the outside of turn one gaining the lead. A brave move considering conditions then sent Sutil into the wall. Just before, Button came in for a stop that took too long costing him places, a shame considering his performance.

However, the race was about to come to an abrupt end. The Marussia car of Jules Bianchi came off at the same place as the Force India before it then collided with a tractor recovering Sutil’s car. Bianchi suffered serious head injuries and was taken to hospital. This is the ugly side of the sport we love. Read the back of your ticket, “motorsport is dangerous.” He is now out of surgery but is still in a critical condition. The race was then called off.

1. Lewis Hamilton 
2. Nico Rosberg
3. Sebastian Vettel
4. Daniel Ricciardo
5. Jenson Button
6. Valtteri Bottas
7. Felipe Massa
8. Nico Hulkenberg
9. Jean-Eric Vergne
10. Sergio Perez

11. Daniil Kvyat
12. Kimi Raikkonen
13. Esteban Gutierrez
14. Kevin Magnussen
15. Romain Grosjean
16. Pastor Maldonado
17, Marcus Ericsson
18. Max Chilton
19. Kamui Kobayashi

Rtd Jules Bianchi
Rtd Adrian Sutil
Rtd Fernando Alonso

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