Lewis Hamilton in dreamland but taking nothing for granted after Japan win

• Hamilton 59 points ahead after win in Japanese Grand Prix
• Rival Sebastian Vettel: ‘We still have a chance this year’

Lewis Hamilton has put himself within touching distance of a fourth Formula One world championship after his victory at the Japanese Grand Prix in Suzuka. His fifth win in the past seven races plus a mechanical failure that forced his championship rival, Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel, to retire after just four laps means the Mercedes driver now holds an almost insurmountable points lead going into the final four races of the season.

Hamilton had entered the race with a 34-point advantage over Vettel and leaves 59 ahead with 100 available. If the 32-year-old wins at the next round in the US and Vettel finishes below fifth, the title will be his and he will become Britain’s most successful racing driver, with one more F1 championship than Sir Jackie Stewart.

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Source: Formula 1

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