Analysis: How Verstappen assumed Vettel's mantle in Suzuka

It wasn't so long ago that Sebastian Vettel was leading the Formula 1 world championship, and it seemed likely that his battle with Lewis Hamilton would go all the way to Abu Dhabi.

Then the pendulum of fortune began to swing dramatically against him in Singapore and Malaysia, and another disastrous weekend for the Ferrari driver in Japan further tipped the balance in the favour of his rival.

Indeed, Hamilton can now win the title in Austin, with three races still to run. 

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About this article
Series Formula 1
Event Japanese GP
Track Suzuka
Drivers Lewis Hamilton , Sebastian Vettel , Max Verstappen
Teams Red Bull Racing
Article type Analysis