Rosberg wins Japanese Grand Prix to widen lead over Hamilton
SUZUKA, Japan (AP) Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg capitalized on a slow start by teammate Lewis Hamilton to win the Japanese Grand Prix on Sunday and widen his lead in the Formula One drivers' championship.
Rosberg, who started from pole position, controlled the race throughout and finished 4.9 seconds ahead of Red Bull driver Max Verstappen, who held off Hamilton in close racing over the final few laps.
With four races remaining Rosberg holds a 33-point lead over Hamilton.
Hamilton, who started second, made another of the poor starts which has been among Mercedes few weak points this season, and dropped back to eighth on the opening lap.
The result clinched the constructors' championship for Mercedes for the third year running.