The safety car leads Nico Rosberg & Co around the track during the early phase of the Japanese GP
Lewis Hamilton wins the Japanese GP after race red-flagged with six laps remaining
Lewis Hamilton recorded third straight victory after wins at Monza and Singapore
Lewis Hamilton took one of his greatest victories to win the Japanese Grand Prix in wet conditions and extend his world championship lead.
But there is concern for Marussia driver Jules Bianchi, who has been taken to hospital unconscious after a crash that caused the race to be stopped.
The Frenchman, who went off at Turn 7 and made contact with a recovery vehicle dealing with a separate incident, has been taken to hospital.
It brought an early end to the race, which was red flagged and finished under the safety car, and the result backdated to lap 44.
Hamilton thus led home team mate Nico Rosberg, Red Bull duo Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo, McLaren’s Jenson Button and the Williams cars of Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa. Force India pair Nico Hulkenberg and Sergio Perez finished eighth and tenth, sandwiching Toro Rosso’s Jean-Eric Vergne.
Hamilton extends his championship lead to 10 points over Rosberg, with Ricciardo third on 193 from Vettel on 139, Alonso on 133 and Bottas on 130.
There’s umbrella trouble for some thanks to the wet, windy conditions during the Japanese GP
Heavy rain coming down, good to have tents on the grid: Sutil Adrian.
Sebastian Vettel, armed with an umbrella, waves to the crowd ahead of today’s race
The Japanese GP got under way under the Safety Car, but not for long.
Back on the track again, under the Safety Car. Japanese GP
The safety car leads the field on to the track following the red flag period
The Ferrari of Fernando Alonso stops on track after just three laps
OUT: Lap 44, Sutil goes in to the barriers! Rain getting heavier at the Japanese GP.
Jules Bianchi was taken to hospital in an ambulance after being left unconcious following his crash
Heavy rain had threatened to wipe out the Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka
Hamilton extends his lead in the Drivers’ standings to ten points with Japanese GP victory
The Japanese Grand Prix top 10 in Suzuka