Lewis Hamilton took a big step to retain his Formula One title by winning the Japanese Grand Prix, as his championship rival, Sebastian Vettel, could only recover to the sixth.
The Mercedes driver, Hamilton, extended his lead at the top of the standings to 67 points with his fourth consecutive victory in the race and sixth in seven, with his teammate Valtteri Bottas second in front of Max Verstappen of Red Bull.
Vettel started eighth on the grid and made his way to fourth position before contact with Verstappen, who had already received a five-second penalty for obstructing Kimi Raikkonen, on the eighth lap he sent him to 19.  The gap between the German and Hamilton is now so great that the latter can potentially win the fifth title of his illustrious career at the US Grand Prix.
Hamilton claimed his 80th position on the pole of Japan and was never under pressure on the field front on Sunday, most of the dramas took the ace behind him.
Vettel's hopes of defying the Brit were erased when he sought to plunge into Verstappen's interior in Spoon but connected with the Red Bull and both cars went off the track.
The Dutchman served a five second penalty for leaving the track and not returning safely, forcing Raikkonen onto the turf after passing over a chicane.
Verstappen's Red Bull teammate, Daniel Ricciardo, enjoyed a good day, climbing from 15th place after problems with the engine in the standings to finish ahead of the Ferrari duo in the fourth.