Suzuka win pleases Hamilton

Lewis HamiltonMercedes ace Lewis Hamilton (4/11 – 2014 World Championship outright) insists that he was always confident that he would be able to catch Nico Rosberg and go on to take victory in the Japanese Grand Prix last weekend.

Hamilton (4/6 – Russian Grand Prix outright) took the chequered flag in Suzuka in very wet conditions, although the race was overshadowed by a crash that left Marussia’s Jules Bianchi requiring brain surgery.

The French driver is currently critically ill although he is understood to be stable in a hospital.

The rain-soaked circuit meant that driving was difficult in Japan and the race began under safety car conditions before being halted after two laps.

The race resumed once enough water had been cleared to allow racing and Hamilton quickly made up the ground on team-mate Rosberg, who started on pole.

Rosberg led for seven laps but Hamilton remained calm and insists that he always felt confident he could edge into the lead and control matters from the front.

Hamilton said: “Nico and I had a tough battle, we were pushing really hard. The conditions were difficult throughout but I had more pace than Nico.

“That meant I could follow him quite comfortably in the early stages.

“Suzuka is not an easy circuit for following another car or overtaking but he made a mistake and I was able to pass.

“My whole approach then needed to change to look after the tyres and make sure I stayed in the lead until the end.”

The former McLaren man now sits top of the Drivers’ Championship with a 10-point advantage over Rosberg as they head to Russia this weekend after picking up three successive victories.

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