Result: Lewis Hamilton on verge of fourth Formula 1 title with victory at Japanese Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton is on the verge of the Formula 1 world title after victory in the Japanese Grand Prix while rival Sebastian Vettel retired early on in the race.

Lewis Hamilton has taken a giant stride towards his fourth Formula 1 world title with victory in the Japanese Grand Prix.

Title rival Sebastian Vettel retired early on, dropping out four laps into the race after slipping down the field from the start with an engine problem.

Victory for Hamilton sees the Mercedes driver leading Vettel by 59 points with 100 available in the remaining four races.

The Briton will clinch the title at the next race - the United States Grand Prix in Austin, Texas - if he wins and Vettel finishes lower than fourth.

Elsewhere in the rankings, the Red Bulls of Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo were once again very strong and finished in second and third.

Hamilton's Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas, meanwhile, finished fourth, one place ahead of Vettel's Ferrari colleague Kimi Raikkonen.

Japanese GP top 10:

1. Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
2. Max Verstappen (Red Bull)
3. Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull)
4. Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes)
5. Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari)
6. Esteban Ocon (Force India)
7. Sergio Perez (Force India)
8. Kevin Magnussen (Haas)
9. Romain Grosjean (Haas)
10. Felipe Massa (Williams)

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