Lewis Hamilton says his stranglehold on the Formula 1 world drivers’ championship has come as a dream as he claimed victory in the Japanese Grand Prix coupled with Sebastian Vettel’s retirement for Ferrari.

The Mercedes driver produced an impressive win at Suzuka after defending against Vettel on the run to the first turn, before the Ferrari driver was forced out with a spark plug issue, which enabled Hamilton to see off Max Verstappen to see the chequered flag.

Hamilton can now claim the 2017 F1 world championship with victory in the next race in America if Vettel finishes fifth or lower – something the British driver says was a dream considering he hadn’t led the drivers’ standings all season until last month’s Italian Grand Prix.

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“I could only have dreamed of having this kind of gap,” Hamilton said. “The Ferraris have put on such a great challenge all year long.

“What I can say is that it is down to my team, they've done a phenomenal job, reliability has really been on point, they're just so meticulous and really that's why we have the reliability we have and the results that we're having.

“The team did a fantastic job, Max drove an incredible race and honestly it wasn't an easy one for us at all. Today the Red Bulls just seemed to be rapid in the race trim. Obviously we're quick in the qualifying trim but still I was able to just hold him behind but it definitely got very close a couple of times. Definitely at the end with the virtual safety car. When we restarted, tyres were cold, he had a little ride up so it was very, very close.

“So a big thank you to the guys I owe it to everyone here and everyone all the way back at the factory and also the support we get really does help lift us up.”

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Lewis should be thanking Ferrari.

It's funny, when Schumaccher/Ferrari were winning and winning and winning, fans of McLaren/Williams etc were whining and whining and whining. Yet now we have a Brit winning and winning and winning that is perfectly fine.

F1 is so erfing boring when there is one dominant team / driver no matter which it is. It's not a sport anymore but a procession of rich boys in rich toys.

Looks like some of the spark has gone out of the Ferrari, Vettel relationship.

" F1 is so erfing boring when there is one dominant team / driver no matter which it is. It's not a sport anymore but a procession of rich boys in rich toys."
Ferrari were leading this year from the start, right up until recently. This year was interesting until Ferrari started to unravel...
Next year l suspect a showdown between 2 4xChampions is on the cards....Ferrari and Redbull have defintely caught up.

ferrari have really had more than their fair share of problems this year.  with 2 dnfs when seb should have won the race, his wdc bid has been totally compromised.  to come back from the current deficit, he can only hope that merc run into bad luck from now on.

Ignore the Toto spin about losing performance in Singapore and Malaysia, it was quite a rue.

Hamilton is just at the right place at the right time. Any top tier F1 driver (Max, Seb, Daniel) would be dominant in the Mercedes. I'd rate those 3 even above the retired reigning drivers champion.

F1 is in a sad state.

Ignore the Toto spin about losing performance in Singapore and Malaysia, it was quite a ruse.

Hamilton is just at the right place at the right time. Any top tier F1 driver (Max, Seb, Daniel) would be dominant in the Mercedes. I'd rate those 3 even above the retired reigning drivers champion.

F1 is in a sad state.

MOOVES

The same could be said about any WDC, Vettel's Red Bull, Schumachers Ferrari, Senna's Mclaren

Vettel has been unlucky this year with reliability, but has also thrown away a couple of wins, and should have won a couple in more.

His temper in Baku cost him 13 points, and Singapore was up to a 35+ points swing.  If he had held it together for these two races alone, there would only be around 10-12 points between them. 

@mooves. What are you seeing that indicates that the Mercedes is a better car than the Ferrari? Both LH and SV are comprehensively outperforming their teammates. But I don't see Mercedes as having a faster car. 

Hope Lewis will wrap it up in the US of A. Should give some folks a few sleepless nights. 

As a drive, you have to win when the car is good and score what you can when the car is not good.

Benz and Lewis did that, Ferrari and Vettel didn't.

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