After getting his usual strong start, Scuderia Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel looked as though was set to score a podium in this weekend’s Japanese Grand Prix, however a failed pit strategy relegated the German driver to fourth.
Kimi Raikkonen, who started eighth on the grid after receiving a five-place grid drop, finished just behind his Ferrari teammate in fifth. The Fin had turned in a quick qualifying lap Saturday to start third on the grid before incurring the penalty.
Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg won the race from pole, extending his championship lead over teammate Lewis Hamilton, who finished third. The team’s 1-3 result earned them enough points to secure the World Constructor’s Championship title with four races left to go in the season.
Vettel was running third in the race’s closing stages when Ferrari decided to pit him for fresh tires. This allowed Lewis Hamilton to get by on the undercut and despite Vettel being on the faster soft tire compound, he couldn’t reel the reigning world champion in.
Red Bull’s Max Verstappen rounded out the podium with a strong second place finish. The young Dutchman received pressure from Hamilton once the Briton had displaced Vettel, but defended aggressively to crush the Silver Arrows’ hopes at a 1-2 finish.
Rosberg leads Hamilton in the World Driver’s Championship 313 points to 280. Click here for full results from the 2016 Japanese GP.