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2015 Japan Thoughts

THE BIG PICTURE: Back to normal. As expected.

EVENT: The Japanese have always loved F1, even when their Honda is like a GP2 engine...

QUALIFYING: Rosberg gets his mojo back ... thanks to Kvyat's crash, Kvyat is very lucky, and the early end wrecks havoc on a few.

RACE: Suzuka has seen better.

TRACK: It does have the 130R.

START: Rosberg losses his mojo as Hamilton squeezes by, Ricciardo gets too good of a start for his own good as he tries to squeeze through, and Sainz gets squeezed by the Force Indias.

HAMILTON: Easy sailing once he showed off his teammate.

ROSBERG: Strong recovery after being schooled by his teammate.

MERCEDES: Back to normal. As expected.

VETTEL: Still showing off his teammate.

RAIKKONEN: At least Kimi stays with Ferrari for another year.

FERRARI: Start working on next year's car.

BOTTAS: Salvaged the race for Williams.

GROSJEAN: Welcome to Haas F1.

LOTUS: Now Renault.

ALONSO: Is Fernando heading to Renault?

BUTTON: He's staying in F1 after all. And even got a raise out of McLaren. He plays the game better than Alonso...

VERSTAPPEN: The second race in a row where Max fought his way from the back of the field into the points.

SAINZ: The second race in a row where his teammate showed no respect.

KVYAT: That qualifying crash was brutal.

ERICSSON: Nice job keeping the Red Bulls behind you for so long.

RED BULL: Team Whining Babies scored as many points in this race as they would next year if they are not competing -- zero.

STEVENS: That's one way to get air time for Manor.

ROSSI: Your team thanks you for not collecting Stevens and creating massive repair work.

WORD OF THE WEEKEND: Honor.

STAT OF THE WEEKEND: 41 -- Lewis Hamilton ties Ayrton Senna for career wins one race after Sebastian Vettel pulls ahead of them with 42.

HISTORICAL STAT OF THE WEEKEND: Hamilton won his first Japanese GP in his first year in F1, 2007. Then, he didn't win again until the past two seasons.

QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND: We know Fernando Alonso plays the political game better than anybody in F1. But he may have gone too far or has the biggest balls in the world to actually say at Honda's test track with all the top brass in attendance, "GP2 engine! GP2 engine! It feels like it's GP2. Embarrassing. Very embarrassing."

QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND RUNNERUP: Lewis Hamilton on tying Ayrton Senna's career wins at Japan, "For me to win here at a race where I loved watching Ayrton drive and to match his wins, it doesn’t feel real at the moment."

SCHEDULE: Let's see how "successful" the Russian GP will be this year.

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RACE RESULTS
  Driver Laps
1. Hamilton 53
2. Rosberg 53
3. Vettel 53
4. Raikkonen 53
5. Bottas 53
6. Hulkenberg 53
7. Grosjean 53
8. Maldonado 53
9. Verstappen(R) 53
10. Sainz(R) 52
11. Alonso 52
12. Perez 52
13. Kvyat 52
14. Ericsson 52
15. Ricciardo 52
16. Button 52
17. Massa 51
18. Rossi(R) 51
19. Stevens(R) 50
20. Nasr(R) 49

Time of Race
1:28:06.508

Margin of Victory
18.964 sec.

Safety Car
None

Lead Changes
1 among 1 driver

Lap Leaders
Lewis Hamiton

Fastest Race Lap
Lewis Hamiton

Pole Position
Nico Rosberg

CURRENT STANDINGS
  Driver Pts.
1. Hamilton 277
2. Rosberg 229
3. Vettel 218
4. Raikkonen 119
5. Bottas 111
6. Massa 97
7. Ricciardo 73
8. Kvyat 66
9. Grosjean 44
10. Perez 39
11. Hulkenberg 38
12. Verstappen(R) 32
13. Nasr(R) 17
14. Maldonado 16
15. Sainz(R) 12
16. Alonso 11
17. Ericsson 9
18. Button 6

  Team Pts.
1. Mercedes 506
2. Ferrari 337
3. Williams 208
4. Red Bull 139
5. Force India 77
6. Lotus 60
7. Toro Rosso 44
8. Sauber 26
9. McLaren 17
 
 

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