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Sunday images from the 2016 Japanese Grand Prix

Nico wins and the Silver Arrows lock down #TheTriple in Japan

Oct 092016

Suzuka. Accept no imitations. The name alone to any F1 fan invokes visions of success, tragedy, and some of the most intense and decisive racing of the season calendar. For the MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS Formula One™ Team too their latest visit to the legendary circuit proved nothing short of historic.

As Nico Rosberg screamed across the finish line, having truly dominated the Japanese weekender, with a perfect lights-to-flag performance from pole position, the German racer delivered the final points haul necessary to put his team over the top in the battle for the 2016 FIA Formula One™ World Constructors’ Championship.

“It was an awesome weekend for sure. The whole weekend felt great from the go and was it was special to win on this legendary track,” said a delighted Nico after the race. “A huge congratulations to my team for clinching their third constructors’ title. They deserve it as they have been working very hard. I have felt comfortable in the car and found the right balance and I was quick where it counted. I am very happy.


“I am feeling very good because I came here to win and I made it happen. We are going to do some celebrating now, but apart from that, yeah, I am aware of the points but Lewis is still my team-mate and he is going to be going for it in the last few races, as he always does. He is going to be difficult to beat. I just have to focus on the race weekend and let the wins happen.”

“A big congratulations to the team. I am glad I got some points to help the result,” explained Lewis. “Congratulations to everyone back at the factory [Brackley] and at Brixworth. I did the best I could today and happy to get some points. I am happy to claw it back and get some points. I just got some wheel spin at the start. I am not too sure why, but I lost a lot of ground and then had to fight back from there.


“The team did a fantastic job and big congratulations to everyone back at the factories. And a big congratulations to everyone at Mercedes. To have three years of success, and it is good to be a part of it and to contribute to it. I am now looking forward to getting home and on to the next race. Of course I will give it everything [in Austin] I have got and we will see what happens.”


1    Nico Rosberg        Mercedes            53    1h26m43.333s
2    Max Verstappen    Red Bull/Renault        53    4.978s
3    Lewis Hamilton    Mercedes            53    5.776s
4    Sebastian Vettel    Ferrari                53    20.269s
5    Kimi Raikkonen    Ferrari                53    28.370s
6    Daniel Ricciardo    Red Bull/Renault        53    33.941s
7    Sergio Perez        Force India/Mercedes        53    57.495s
8    Nico Hulkenberg    Force India/Mercedes        53    59.177s
9    Felipe Massa        Williams/Mercedes        53    1m37.763s
10    Valtteri Bottas        Williams/Mercedes        53    1m38.323s
11    Romain Grosjean    Haas/Ferrari            53    1m39.254s
12    Jolyon Palmer        Renault            52    1 Lap
13    Daniil Kvyat        Toro Rosso/Ferrari        52    1 Lap
14    Kevin Magnussen    Renault            52    1 Lap
15    Marcus Ericsson    Sauber/Ferrari            52    1 Lap
16    Fernando Alonso    McLaren/Honda        52    1 Lap
17    Carlos Sainz        Toro Rosso/Ferrari        52    1 Lap
18    Jenson Button        McLaren/Honda        52    1 Lap
19    Felipe Nasr        Sauber/Ferrari            52    1 Lap
20    Esteban Gutierrez    Haas/Ferrari            52    1 Lap
21    Esteban Ocon        Manor/Mercedes        52    1 Lap
22    Pascal Wehrlein    Manor/Mercedes        52    1 Lap