Mercedes driver Bottas wins Japanese Grand Prix

SUZUKA, Japan (AP) A blistering start from Valtteri Bottas from third on the grid helped the Finnish driver win the typhoon-hit Japanese Grand Prix as Mercedes wrapped up a sixth-consecutive Formula One constructors championship on Sunday.

Bottas surged into the lead almost immediately, passing the Ferrari duo of Sebastian Vettel, who started from pole, and Charles Leclerc to take the early lead at the Suzuka Circuit.

Seeking his third win of the season and first since Azerbaijan in April, Bottas managed a two-stop pit strategy to perfection to finish more than 10 seconds ahead of Vettel with Mercedes teammate and championship leader Lewis Hamilton taking third place.


Formula 1 Leaders: Points
1 L.Hamilton 338 9
2 V.Bottas 274 3
3 C.Leclerc 221 2
4 M.Verstappen 212 2
5 S.Vettel 212 1
6 C.Sainz Jr. 76 0
7 P.Gasly 73 0
8 A.Albon 64 0
9 D.Ricciardo 42 0
10 N.Hulkenberg 35 0
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