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Result: Lewis Hamilton's title hopes falter, Mercedes win constructors' championship

Lewis Hamilton recovers to finish in third at the Japanese Grand Prix but is now 33 points behind Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg in the drivers' standings.

Nico Rosberg has extended his lead over Lewis Hamilton in the drivers' standings after coming out on top in the Japanese Grand Prix on Sunday morning.

The 31-year-old is now 33 points ahead of his Mercedes teammate, with just 100 still to play for in the remaining four races of the F1 calendar.

For the second week running Hamilton faltered and dropped down to eighth in Suzuka following a poor start, but some aggressive driving helped the Brit recover as he took third spot and helped Mercedes to their third successive constructors' championship success.

Rosberg is the man firmly in control when it comes to the individual prize, though, and he can now afford to finish behind Hamilton in second place in all of the remaining races and still come out on top.

Max Verstappen was able to match his second-place finish from last week by once again controlling his position well after being caught by Hamilton - the Dutchman not giving his rival room to manoeuvre over the remaining nine laps.

There was to be no joy for McLaren, meanwhile, as Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button came in at 16th and 18th respectively, while Kimi Raikkonen won his battle with Daniel Ricciardo - victorious in Malaysia last weekend - to finish in fifth.

1. Nico Rosberg (Mercedes)
2. Max Verstappen (Red Bull)
3. Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
4. Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari)
5. Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari)
6. Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull)
7. Sergio Perez (Force India)
8. Nico Hulkenberg (Force India)
9. Felipe Massa (Williams)
10. Valtteri Bottas (Williams)
11. Romain Grosjean (Haas)
12. Jolyon Palmer (Renault)
13. Daniil Kvyat (Toro Ross)
14. Kevin Magnussen (Renault)
15. Marcus Ericsson (Sauber)
16. Fernando Alonso (McLaren)
17. Carlos Sainz (Toro Rosso)
18. Jenson Button (McLaren)
19. Felipe Nasr (Sauber)
20. Esteban Gutierrez (Haas)
21. Esteban Ocon (Manor)
22. Pascal Wehrlein (Manor)

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Nico Rosberg leaves the stage behind Lewis Hamilton during a press conference for the kickoff of the new Formula 1 season in Fellbach, south-western Germany, on March 11, 2016
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ChinaChina115824
United StatesUnited States1011930
Olympics flagOlympic Athletes from Russia78520
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Thursday's key events


ROWING
· Comeback queen and super-mum Helen Glover goes for her third Olympic gold alongside Polly Swann in the women's pair final (1.30am)
· There is also a medal on offer for GB pair Emily Craig and Imogen Grant in the lightweight women's double scull final (2.10am)

SWIMMING
· As second-fastest qualifier for the final, Team GB's James Wilby is among the medal contenders in the men's 200m breaststroke (2.44am)
· Alys Thomas takes part in the women's 200m butterfly final, although he faces a difficult task to challenge for the medals (3.28am)
· Caeleb Dressel of the USA has been touted by some as the successor to Michael Phelps, and he has the chance to notch up a fourth Olympic gold in the men's 100m freestyle final (3.37am)

RUGBY SEVENS
· After Team GB's men narrowly missed out on a medal, the women get their campaign underway against the Russian Olympic Committee (3am) and New Zealand (10.30am)

HOCKEY
· It is a Great Britain vs. Netherlands double-header, with the men up first in Pool B (4.15am)
· Most eyes will be on the women's showdown between the two nations, though, as Netherlands - the world's best team - look to gain revenge on GB for defeat in the 2016 Olympic final (11am)

CANOE SLALOM
· Mallory Franklin takes part in the women's canoe semi-final, and will hope to do enough to qualify for the final later in the day (6am-8.45am)

ARTISTIC GYMNASTICS
· With Simone Biles now out of the women's all-around final, the competition has been blown wide open. Team GB twins Jessica and Jennifer Gadirova are among those taking part (11.50am-2.05pm)

> Today's schedule in full
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