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.
Stroll is first North-American to win the European F3 title
Young Canadian on his way to F1 So far, the laurels of the FIA Formula 3 European Champion often remained in Europe, with only few drivers from a different continent being able to win. Thanks to Canadian Lance Stroll (Prema Powerteam), North-America is now on the winners’ list as well as he wrapped up an early 2016 FIA Formula 3 European Championship title at Imola. The 17-year-old development driver of the Williams Formula 1 team was the dominant driver this season and already scored his third title in car racing.
But only after Hamilton retires with huge lead The only way to beat the Aldo Costa designed Mercedes is if their engine blows up or another driver takes them out. Both happened at Sepang Sunday allowing Daniel Ricciardo and his Red Bull teammate Max Verstappen to finish 1-2 in the Malaysian Grand Prix. Lewis Hamilton retired with a huge 22.7s lead when his engine expired and Rosberg was spun around by Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel at the start but later recovered to finish third.
Rosberg 2nd in what will be another Mercedes parade It's just like the Michael Schumacher days - he also drove an Aldo Costa designed car. Mercedes drivers Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg have enjoyed the fruits of Costa's work the past three years - completely dominating the sport. This weekend is no different in Malaysia where the two Mercedes drivers will start 1-2 with Hamilton beating his teammate Rosberg by 1/2-sec. Max Verstappen will start 3rd for Red Bull.
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