Boring racing at COTA Lewis Hamilton led every lap from pole to win the USGP at COTA for the 4th time in 5-years. The Aldo Costa designed cars again finished 1-2 with Nico Rosberg coming home 2nd as he drove conservatively to protect his points lead. He only needs to finish 2nd in the remaining three races to be world champion. Daniel Riccardo was third in the Adrian Newey Red Bull while Sebastian Vettel and Fernando Alonso rounded out the top-5 but Alonso will probably be penalized for dirty driving.
Aldo Costa cars again superior Lewis Hamilton set a new track record 1m34.999s lap to take pole position for the USGP at COTA over his Aldo Costa designed Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg. Costa's cars are almost impossible to beat and Adrian Newey's came closest with Red Bull teammates Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen 3rd and 4th. Underscoring that F1 is 99% car and 1% driver, the third row is all Ferrari with Kimi Raikkonen nipping Sebastian Vettel to finish 5th and 6th.
With Team Representatives Team Representatives Cyril Abiteboul (Renault) Maurizio Arrivabene (Ferrari) Gene Haas (Haas) Christian Horner (Red Bull Racing) Monisha Kaltenborn (Sauber) Toto Wolff (Mercedes)
Wins over Verstappen and Hamilton Nico Rosberg had a perfect weekend at Suzuka - leading every practice session, taking pole, and then driving a perfect race in a perfect car - to win the Japanese GP over the Red Bull of Max Verstappen and his Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton. In taking his 9th win of the season Rosberg stretched his point lead over Hamilton from 23 to 33 points. The Ferraris of Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen rounded out the top-5.
Another 1-2 for the Aldo Costa car When the car is 99% of the equation and the driver 1%, teammates in F1 turn nearly identical lap times. Nico Rosberg will start the Japanese Grand Prix from pole position after beating Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton by just 0.013s in qualifying at Suzuka on Saturday. Ferrari and Red Bull were not far behind, with Ferrari winning that battle as Kimi Raikkonen took third and Sebastian Vettel - carrying a three-place grid penalty for his collision in Malaysia - fourth.
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