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2018-10-08 09:34

Sean Parker

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Image: AFP

The 2018 Japanese Grand Prix might have been dull for world champion Lewis Hamilton, but behind his Mercedes there was wheel-to-wheel racing, crashes and lots of overtaking. 

The Briton extended his overall lead in the drivers' championship to 67 points with four races remaining.

We look at five moments of the race that made the race at Suzuka, the only figure of eight circuit, one of the most exciting races of the year. 

1.  Sparks fly as Vettel and Verstappen clash

After starting from eighth following a horror show in qualifying, Sebastian Vettel carved through the field and made a daring lunge inside of Max Verstappen at turn 13 to take third but his Ferrari clipped the Red Bull and spun off in a shower of sparks.

Vettel said: "I was obviously pushing to get past but I wasn't desperate to get past. The gap was there, I had the inside. As soon as he realises somebody is close or next to him, he tries to push when you shouldn't push anymore."

Watch the video below: 

2. We know what Le Clerc thinks of Magnussen 

An incident between Charles Le Clerc and Kevin Magnussen saw the young Frenchman not mince his words. The Haas driver simply didn't get out of Le Clerc's way when he wanted to overtake the Danish driver down the main straight. 

The result? A damaged front wing for Le Clerc and retirement for Magnussen. The Monégasqu didn't mince his words, check out the clip below: 

3. Driver of the day: Daniel Ricciardo

The Australian showed his mettle after a disastrous qualifying session. Ricciardo finished fourth for Red Bull after starting way back in 15th. It was a clear the Red Bull driver was in the zone as showed his usual driving flair around the figure of eight track. 

He said: "I know I can overtake, but this track's difficult. We had a lot of downforce on the car so I knew we'd stay close enough."

4. Bottas and Hamilton catch up on all the drama

Mercedes teammates Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton had an opportunity to see what took place between Verstappen and Vettel when the German was running in fourth place. 

The conversation between the teammates is quite interesting, have a look at the clip below: 

5. Hamilton tightens grip on title and bags 50th win for Mercedes

A rampant Lewis Hamilton led a Mercedes one-two at the Japanese Grand Prix on Sunday to move to the brink of a fifth Formula 1 world title.

"Woo-hoo! I love you guys!" Hamilton screamed over team radio after his sixth win in the last seven races.

"I hope you guys are not getting bored of this -- because I'm definitely not."

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