Lewis Hamilton is now within touching distance of his fifth Formula 1 title after a comfortable lights-to-flag victory at the Japanese Grand Prix on Sunday.
The Briton led every lap as Mercedes scored their second 1-2 within a week with Valtteri Bottas holding off a charging Max Verstappen who completed the podium for Red Bull.
At the start, the top five getaway in stereo with Hamilton leading Bottas and Verstappen into Turn 1. Sebastian Vettel would make important moves on the two Toro Rosso's before Turn 2 and then bravely passed Romain Grosjean on the run to Spoon on the opening lap.
Ahead, Verstappen would go deep into the final chicane, pushing Kimi Raikkonen wide as he rejoined the track, something the stewards would later give the Red Bull driver a five-second penalty for, and Vettel would take advantage to move upto fourth in front of his teammate.
Further back, Charles Leclerc would look to pass Kevin Magnussen on the main straight with Dane moving late to defend and leaving the Sauber nowhere to go but into the back of his car.
The Haas would pick up a puncture as a result with debris on the track both on the approach to Turn 1 and the exit of Spoon curve as Magnussen's tyre delaminated on his way to the pits.
A Safety Car would be called to clear the circuit but it would be too early for any drivers to try and make an early pit-stop.
At the restart, the order remained unchanged until Vettel tried a silly move into Spoon on Verstappen with the Ferrari spinning and falling to the back of the field.
Surprisingly, after the penalty for Max, the Ferrari driver would not be punished despite making contact in what appeared to be an ambitious overtake.
The second Red Bull of Daniel Ricciardo would light up the track with a number of trademark overtakes. He would soon be upto P5 within 14 laps from 15th on the grid and in free air had much better pace than Raikkonen ahead who was struggling on his used Supersofts.
Kimi would pit such was his lack of pace but the traffic he emerged in meant both Verstappen, despite his five-second penalty, and Ricciardo would be able to jump the Ferrari when they pitted several laps later.
The midfield battle also heated up as Vettel made his way back through making rapid moves on Ocon and Leclerc, who also produced a great move on Hulkenberg into the chicane moments prior, to move back into the points.
A big loser, however, would be the two Toro Rosso's as Brendon Hartley slipped down rapidly and Pierre Gasly lost out in the pit-stops eventually losing out on a point following a late pass by Carlos Sainz in the Renault.
The story after the pit-stop was Verstappen, who switched to the Soft tyre, closing in on the Mercedes' ahead on the slower Medium compound.
Ricciardo was also following his teammate too as the Silver Arrows also tried to run a reduced pace to save engine modes and look after the tyres.
Leclerc would allow the Dutchman to close in a little faster as he went off at the Degner corners soon after pitting, telling his team "something broke", requiring the Virtual Safety Car to clear his Sauber from the side of the track.
The closest Verstappen would get, however, was after Bottas ran wide at the hairpin lapping Fernando Alonso but the power of the Mercedes was enough to pull away down the straights and not give the Red Bull a chance.
Hamilton would continue serenely on, taking the checkered flag by 12 seconds over his teammate with Verstappen in third.
Ricciardo followed in fourth with Raikkonen 31 seconds behind in fifth as Red Bull trounced Ferrari. Vettel came in sixth meaning his deficit to Hamilton in the championship now sits at 67 points with four races left to go.
Sergio Perez would lead the midfield in seventh ahead of Romain Grosjean with Esteban Ocon giving Force India a double points finish in ninth.
As mentioned, Carlos Sainz made a late move on Pierre Gasly to break the hearts of the Toro Rosso/Honda fans and claim the final point in 10th.
The final finishing order from Suzuka can be seen below:
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Hamilton expects to raise game against V
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Hamilton sees greater Mercedes satisfact
Perez: Alonso's plight with McLaren 'sho
Toro Rosso target Albon named on Formula
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Mercedes: Baku loss cost Bottas champion
Raikkonen draws Lotus comparison ahead o
Hamilton forced to clarify 'poor' India
Ferrari expecting 2018 loss to motivate
Ricciardo expecting his bad luck 'to dis
Hamilton could face Abu Dhabi engine pen
Sainz rejects idea Verstappen blocked 20
Haas concede defeat to Renault in race f
Honda hopes to 'accelerate' engine gains
Hamilton praises Formula E project but r
Sauber team up with Charouz to launch yo
Brawn: Simulations producing 'tangible'
Alonso hints at more 2019 announcements
Hamilton would add races in historic F1
Hamilton hoping for more battles with Ve
F1 CEO Carey does see path for new manuf
Red Bull don't 'condone violence' but 'd
Kubica & Ocon set to confirm Williams ro
Hartley frustrated by Gasly ignoring tea
FIA rule out changes to weighbridge rule
Bottas: Regularity of defending from riv
Verstappen 'still not able to manage his
Whiting: Hamilton/Sirotkin incident 'an
Whiting: Ocon 'wrong' to fight Verstappe
Raikkonen believes P3 the best he could
Ricciardo: 'Every time we start out of p
McLaren 'confident' Indy 500 plans won't
Red Bull call for Ocon race ban as Verst
Mercedes reveal Hamilton had 'failure im
Vettel gives Brazil race 'one out of ten
Hamilton tells Verstappen: 'You had more
Hamilton 'proud' of Mercedes as double c
Ocon claims Verstappen 'wanted to punch
Brazil GP: Hamilton inherits victory as
Ricciardo jokes 0.002s loss to Max 'more
Alonso & McLaren confirm Indy 500 return
Hamilton blasts 'disrespectful' Sirotkin
Vettel slams FIA weighbridge process aft
Brazil GP: Hamilton beats Vettel to pole
Brazil GP: Vettel sets new lap record in
Ferrari's Clear to have key Leclerc role
Hamilton says 25-race calendar would dri
'Realistic' Verstappen insists Red Bull
Red Bull reveal a Mexico marshal caused
Vettel expects Ferrari progress in Brazi
Williams offer Kubica 2019 seat but Ferr
Red Bull see race potential even if Braz
Brazil GP: Bottas pips Hamilton by 0.003
Brazil GP: Verstappen leads Vettel & Ham
Tyres and two-tier F1 to dominate driver
Verstappen: Mexico anger post-qualifying
Hamilton doubts Bottas would want F1 win
Alonso: McLaren optimistic 2019 car will
Ocon rejecting non-F1 offers to 'stay cl
Massa: Vettel 'more guilty' for 2018 tit
Hamilton to Leclerc & Gasly: 'No substit
Red Bull: 2019 front wings a costly 'sho
Sainz claims Schumacher name alone won't
Bottas: Hamilton's adaptability is his b
Force India: Signs point to Stroll being
Liberty want to 'preserve' classic F1 ra
Williams still getting over 'enormous sh
Hamilton doubts he would have recovered
Brazil step up security ahead of F1 race
Vietnam confirmed for 2020 F1 calendar
Studious Schumacher 'not as crazy' as Ve
Arrivabene: Ferrari still lack winning '
Ferrari CEO admits F1 budget cap 'makes
Mercedes target tyre woes and Constructo
Force India see catching F1's big three
Sainz has no issue with Renault over sig
Ferrari slam 'fake' Binotto rumours aime
Smedley confirms Williams departure afte
Sauber: Don't compare Leclerc to Hamilto
Two prospective manufacturers rule out F
Magnussen claims current cars leave F1 d
Red Bull: Immediate Gasly comparisons to
Vettel: 2018 Ferrari 'strong' but never
Webber fears Renault a threat to Ricciar
Hamilton: Bottas relationship as teammat
Magnussen: Haas should be 'proud' to be
Tombazis: FIA had to 'intervene' with 20
Zandvoort reportedly offered 2020 Dutch
Vettel wants himself & Leclerc to 'work
Mercedes: 'This is the best Lewis Hamilt
Ricciardo confirms participation in fina
Haas fail in bid to overturn Grosjean's
F1 bosses warn of 'step backwards' with
Hamilton believes Alonso made one crucia