Mercedes owns their sixth successive constructors’ title after Valterri Bottas raced over Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton at the Japanese Grand Prix.
Max Verstappen and Charles Leclerc struggled during the start into Turn 2, which means that Mercedes will bag a sure win with Bottas and Hamilton as the drivers who can take the crown.
Formula 1 took to Twitter to announce Mercedes’ win.
“Six in a row! Congratulations @mercedesAMGF1 champions again! #JapaneseGP #F1”
Reportedly, Bottas was “very happy” with how the race ended, as per Motorsport Technology.
“Obviously, it was a pretty close qualifying and starting third here is never easy. But there’s no point giving up on anything and I knew opportunities were there today and I had a really nice start and Sebastian had an issue and I managed to get into the lead and then the pace was super good,” Bottas stated.
“I could really control the race and I really enjoyed it, had fun, so I’m very happy,” the winning driver declared.
The qualifying round was pushed to Sunday morning because of the typhoon Hagibis. Ferrari locked out the front row ahead of the Silver Arrows, which gave Vettel and Bottas a chance to be better that their teammates.
Bottas’ win gives Mercedes a display of dominance with only four races remaining for the constructors championship and bagging their sixth consecutive win.