Japan GP: Lewis Hamilton eases to comfortable win and extends championship lead over Sebastian Vettel

LEWIS HAMILTON looks nailed-on for his fifth world title after another horror show from rival Sebastian Vettel.

Hamilton was untroubled out on front as he converted his pole position into his 71st victory of his career — meaning he is now 20 victories behind Michael Schumacher's all-time record.

 Lewis Hamilton won the Japan GP with a dominant performance at Suzuka

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Lewis Hamilton won the Japan GP with a dominant performance at Suzuka
 It was a Mercedes one-two once again as Valtteri Bottas finished second

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It was a Mercedes one-two once again as Valtteri Bottas finished second

But while the Brit was comfortable out in front, there was another spectacular example of just how Vettel crumbles under the pressure.

The German made a ridiculous dash up the inside of Max Verstappen at the 190mph Spoon Curve and came off the worse.

The Ferrari man clipped Verstappen's Red Bull, spun off and dropped back to 19th place having made his way up to fourth.

It was Vettel's SIXTH high-profile mistake his season and ultimately resulted in him finishing in sixth place.

 Hamilton was dominant throughout the race to make it four wins in the last five Japan GP

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Hamilton was dominant throughout the race to make it four wins in the last five Japan GP
 It was a difficult weekend for Sebastian Vettel who started ninth on the grid and finished sixth

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It was a difficult weekend for Sebastian Vettel who started ninth on the grid and finished sixth

Vettel's other errors have cost him heavily while Hamilton has now won six of the last seven races to open up a 67-point lead with only 100 points on offer in the final four races.

In Azerbaijan, Vettel lost out when he careless locked up when trying to pass Valtteri Bottas.

In France, he hit Bottas at the start and, as a result lost 15 crucial points to Hamilton in the title race.

In Austria, he was slapped with a five-place grid penalty for blocking Renault's Carlos Sainz during qualifying.

In Germany, he bizarrely slid off the track while leading his home GP and looking nailed-on for the win.

In Italy, he tried to squeeze Hamilton at Turn Four but spun 180 degrees and dropped back to 18th and needed to stop for a new nose and front wing.

But it is this error in Suzuka which will draw the most scrutiny as he did not need to try and pass Verstappen, as the Dutchman already had a five-second time penalty for hitting Kimi Raikkonen.

Verstappen pushed the Finn off the track on lap one and took great exception to the stewards' decision.

 Hamilton has won six of the last seven races in Formula One thanks to today's win

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Hamilton has won six of the last seven races in Formula One thanks to today's win
 He now leads the championship by 67 points with 331 points with Vettel back on 264

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He now leads the championship by 67 points with 331 points with Vettel back on 264

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He said over the team's radio: "What the f***, honestly. I tried to do the best I could. He drives around the outside, he could have easily waited for me to come back."

Verstappen battled back to finish in third place as he hunted Bottas to the finishing line, but it was Hamilton's day as he led for every lap of this race.

Driver of the Day: Daniel Ricciardo battled back from 15th on the grid to finish in fourth.

Move of the Race: Charles Leclerc pulled off a fantastic overtake on Nico Hulkenberg on lap 29.

Mistake of the Race: Sebastian Vettel's mistake was unforgettable, reckless and totally unnecessary.

Milkfloat: Stoffel Vandoorne had another shocker in his woeful McLaren.

Top Speed: TBC

 The perfect weekend for Mercedes means they move on to 538 points in the constructor standings with Ferrari second with 460

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The perfect weekend for Mercedes means they move on to 538 points in the constructor standings with Ferrari second with 460
 It was an excellent drive from Daniel Ricciardo who started 15th on the grid but worked his way up to fourth

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It was an excellent drive from Daniel Ricciardo who started 15th on the grid but worked his way up to fourth

LEWIS HAMILTON looks nailed-on for his fifth world title after another horror show from rival Sebastian Vettel.