Hamilton wins rain-affected race in Japan | Oct 05, 2014

The safety car leads Nico Rosberg & Co around the track during the early phase of the Japanese GP

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 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 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

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.

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

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.

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

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 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

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.

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

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

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

Hamilton extends his lead in the Drivers’ standings to ten points with Japanese GP victory

The Japanese Grand Prix top 10 in Suzuka

The Japanese Grand Prix top 10 in Suzuka

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