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Lewis Hamilton pips Nico Rosberg to win Japan Grand Prix

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Mercedes returned to the front of Formula 1 as Lewis Hamilton dominated the Japanese Grand Prix to put a stranglehold on the title race. Mystifyingly uncompetitive last weekend in Singapore, Mercedes were imperious as Hamilton stroked to victory and Rosberg fought up from fourth to finish second.

The German dropped back after being forced wide by Hamilton as they disputed the lead in the first two corners. And the manner with which Hamilton took the lead may well create tension within Mercedes.

But Rosberg fought back to pass Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel after his second pit stop.Vettel's team-mate Kimi Raikkonen took fourth, by leapfrogging Williams's Valtteri Bottas in the same phase of the race.

Hamilton's eighth victory in 14 races extends his championship lead to 48 points with 125 still available in the remaining five grands prix.The victory was the 41st of Hamilton career, putting him level in the all-time list with his childhood hero Ayrton Senna.