Japan Grand Prix preview: Lewis Hamilton looks to extend advantage over Sebastian Vettel in Suzuka

LEWIS HAMILTON is looking to extend his advantage over Sebastian Vettel in the Formula One championship at this weekend's Japanese Grand Prix in Suzuka.

But what are the major talking points ahead of the big race in Japan?

 Check out everything you need to know about the Japan GP in our preview

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Check out everything you need to know about the Japan GP in our preview

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 Lewis Hamilton will be aiming to extend his title lead in Japan

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Lewis Hamilton will be aiming to extend his title lead in Japan

After Hamilton was gifted victory in the Russia Grand Prix last weekend, the topic of conversation ahead of the Japanese Grand Prix has all been about team orders.

Hamilton's Mercedes team-mate, Valtteri Bottas was ordered to pull over and allow Hamilton through to win the race to enable him to open up a 50 point lead in the championship over his nearest rival, Ferrari's Vettel.

While team orders are not new in F1, nor are they illegal, they are unpopular, with many fans wanting to see drivers win races outright, rather than the outcome dictated from the pitwall.

What was perhaps even more disappointing was that Mercedes have always made a point of saying they let their drivers race, yet they have clearly decided otherwise.

The big question is whether Bottas will be told a similar thing in Japan, should he find himself ahead of Hamilton. I hope not.

 Sebastian Vettel has it all to do in Japan to make up ground on Lewis Hamilton

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Sebastian Vettel has it all to do in Japan to make up ground on Lewis Hamilton

Like their world titles, both Hamilton and Vettel have won this race four times a piece.

Hamilton's victories (2007, 2014, 2015, 2017) a little more recent than Vettel's wins (2009, 2010, 2012, 2013).

The Brit is also in devastating form, winning five of the last six races, making him the clear favourite, especially as the weather is looking wet.

Lewis Hamilton celebrates with his team after Singapore GP win

 The F1 season turns to Suzuka for the Japanese GP this weekend

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The F1 season turns to Suzuka for the Japanese GP this weekend

Suzuka is a brilliant track and attracts some of the craziest fans, some of which love a bit of fancy dress.

Being Japan, there is also a huge Honda presence and while the engine supplier has been getting a rough time of it since it returned to F1, the passion among their supporters has not diminished.

Finally, this also promises to be the final Japanese GP for Fernando Alonso, the Spaniard, who is retiring from F1 at the end of the year, is hugely popular in Japan and will get a good send off.

Ferrari have not won at Suzuka since Michael Schumacher's last Japanese success in 2004. Schumacher won the Japanese Grand Prix a record six times.

 Fernando Alonso will take part in his final-ever Japan Grand Prix

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Fernando Alonso will take part in his final-ever Japan Grand Prix

Alonso is racing in his last Japanese GP said: "It's a fantastic feeling. Every race now from the moment I decided to stop it's just a celebration.

"I can't wait to go to Austin now and see again the place, drive around these cars.

"Maybe we're not the fastest when you see the times at the end of the session but every lap feels fantastic.

"It's not that I don't love Formula One anymore, I still love F1, I still love these cars.

"If I stop now it's because I am 37 years old and I achieve all my dreams in Formula One, or more than what I dream of and now I have other dreams.

"It's like when you do something in your life, you already did that, you try to find different challenges.

"I was extremely lucky here and I will try to find something else."

Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)

Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes)

Sergio Perez (Force India)

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LEWIS HAMILTON is looking to extend his advantage over Sebastian Vettel in the Formula One championship at this weekend's Japanese Grand Prix in Suzuka.