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Summary

  1. Hamilton wins after overtaking Rosberg on lap one
  2. Rosberg 2nd, Vettel 3rd, Raikkonen 4th, Bottas 5th
  3. Alonso says McLaren pace is "embarrassing" over radio
  4. Nasr out

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By Gary Rose

All times stated are UK

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So there we have it. Mercedes proved that Singapore was a mere blip in their rampant charge towards the constructors and drivers title as Lewis Hamilton took a dominant victory in Japan. 

Nico Rosberg is running out of races to keep his world title hopes alive, and will need to push harder than ever.

His next chance to do just that is in Russia a fortnight. See you then.

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If you did indeed opt for a lie in and fancy seeing the race in full, then it will be replayed on BBC One and online at 13:15 BST. Extended highlights will then be on BBC Three at 19:00.

Formula 1 is back in two weeks with the Russian Grand Prix, which is live across the BBC.

Just woken up? Missed the race? Here's a quick summary of how it went.

  • Hamilton wins by 19 seconds
  • Polesitter Rosberg loses out first corner
  • Alonso vents frustrations over team radio
  • Verstappen finishes ninth, having started 17th

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Heather Williams: Really pleased with the news from Ron Dennis.

Dale Xanders: Very deflated interview from Button. Such a shame. Feel so sorry for him. Pure frustration. Him and Alonso.

Jen: Race was good but the #bbcf1 interview with Ron Dennis was interesting and honest. Stay JB!

The standings

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One final look at the drivers' championship and Lewis Hamilton extends his advantage to 48 points, Sebastian Vettel is a further 59 points back in third.

The only movement inside the top 10 is Romain Grosjean up to ninth after finishing seventh, with Sergio Perez 10th.

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Almost time for us to wrap things up but a mention for the Toro Rosso pair Max Verstappen and Carlos Sainz. Great work once again, especially Verstappen as he swept through the field with a number of stunning overtakes. Did I mention he turns 18 on Wednesday?

He has scored for the fourth time in the last five races while Carlos Sainz is now the top scoring Spaniard in the championship, having beaten Fernando Alonso to the final point.

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Fantastic drive @LewisHamilton!stepped up to the plate when it was required #truechampion 👏👏#f1jp #bbcf1

Ron Dennis not pleased that McLaren's Button and Alonso trashing the car over the air during races. Then give them a better car. #BBCF1

'If you lift, you lose'

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After starting seventh, Daniel Ricciardo finished 15th following an early tangle with Felipe Massa that resulted in punctures for both of them.

"As soon as the lights went out I thought 'ok this is four good starts in a row'," He said. "But then I could see the gap was closing and if you lift, you lose. All the good work is undone. I thought the gap was big enough. In the end we touched. A shame as both our races were more or less ended by that."

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Good insight from David Coulthard about what it is like being a racing driver and not winning world championships.

"I don't lose any sleep about not winning a world championship," he said. "I got beaten by better people. Simple as that. 

"I would never have wanted to win the championship in a weak season. Take away Mika Hakkinen and Michael Schumacher, I probably would have won the championship, would it make me a better racer standing here today? No it wouldn't." 

David Coulthard

BBC F1 co-commentator

Nico is in the best team and car combination right now. There are still races to go. Nico did nothing wrong with his approach to the weekend. If you look at the history of the sport there are guys that seem to get some of the racing luck and some that don't. He is so close to being brilliant. He can unlock that, but he just has not found that yet.

I had to back off to avoid collision - Rosberg

Mercedes' Nico Rosberg chooses his words carefully when he's asked by BBC Sport's Lee McKenzie if Lewis Hamilton's overtake of him was fair. 

He said: "It's difficult to judge because I don't know if he was on his ideal line or not - I just see his front wheel next to me and that was enough to tell me to back out.

"Everything needs to be perfect to beat Lewis at the moment but this weekend there were two small things.

"I am pleased I made it all the way back to second."

David Coulthard

BBC F1 co-commentator

If you have your nose ahead you take the line. That leaves the guy behind with a choice to either stay there, and you will make contact, or you back out of it and Nico does that.

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Lewis Hamilton has just talked about his start with Suzi Perry and David Coulthard.

"I knew that it was my right of way," he said. "Once I got my car slightly ahead I knew that it was my right of way. I was ahead here [in the picture above], so that is my road. I don't particularly think it was too close."

Asked by David Coulthard if he ever feels sorry for Rosberg about coming second best in wheel-to-wheel racing, Hamilton added: "Rosberg was fair. He drivers incredibly well and has done a great job this year. This is racing and that is what it is all about. There have been times when I have fallen behind. It happens."

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Sara Turle: Do you feel you got the true picture from Ron Dennis? Great relentless questionning!

Emma Sheridan: Is it about time we bring back Ross Brawn and make him team leader of McLaren?

Rian Hoskins: If Button is to stay at McLaren, will it be with a view to retire at the end of 2016 and allow Magnussen or Vandoorne to take over?

Dale Buckley: Ron mentioned restrictions are increasing costs, so how else can costs be reduced if teams are going to spend in other areas anyway?

More pain ahead - Dennis

More from a brutally honest Ron Dennis:

"We are going up a steep learning curve. It's steeper than expected but there is no other way of winning a world championship.

"You see Red Bull in pain at the moment and are going to see a lot of pain down the pit lane."

Painful to be so slow - Dennis

The quotes keep on coming from that earlier Ron Dennis interview. ere's a bit more. 

Dennis admits he "can't think of a lower point" during his time in charge at McLaren but says "they haven't forgotten how to win" and will get back to the front.

"We are constrained by what you can do in the wind tunnel and what you can do with the engine," he said. "If you don't get it right in the beginning, it's very difficult to climb out of a hole.

"If you are not able to develop the car, you are not going to be able to catch up unless you are very inventive and that's what we've got to be.

"It is a painful experience. We are just going to focus on getting the job done with our partners, Honda. We want to catch up."

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Tensions simmering at Mercedes?

Nico Rosberg did not sound best pleased with Lewis Hamilton at the start of the race.

“It got really close on the exit of Turn Two and I had to back out of it there and that lost me the race," he said. “I haven’t seen it on TV. For sure it was close - I had to avoid a collision - but it is difficult to comment now.”

When asked for his thoughts on the start, Hamilton said: “I don’t really feel it was that close. The inside line is the inside line, so it was my corner.

"I was understeering and I was running out of grip. I can imagine Nico (was) running out of road but that’s what happens when you’re on the outside.”

Radio complaints not constructive - Dennis

McLaren team boss Ron Dennis wasn't best pleased by Fernando Alonso's complaints over team radio during the race - when he vented his frustration at racing with a "GP2 engine" and describing the car's performance as "very embarrassing".

"It's not very constructive when you are trying to build a stronger relationship [with Honda management]," he said.

"Do I condone it? No. Am I going to go ballistic? No. I will handle it in my own way and my way is not in public.

"I can understand it - it's not just one race."

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Ron Dennis getting a good grilling from @therealdcf1 and @suziperry - so the McLaren driver line-up won't be changing next year? #BBCF1

Classic Ron Dennis on @bbcf1. "I can't think of a lower point," he replies to DC's question on whether this is a nadir for @McLarenF1.

I want Button & Alonso at McLaren next year - Dennis

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More from McLaren team boss Ron Dennis as he says he wants to keep Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso in 2016.

"Jenson is on a two-year contract and Fernando on a three-year contract. It's as simple as that," he says.

"I told Jenson on Thursday - probably too late - that I have no intention of exercising the option [to cancel his contract]."

Fascinating stuff from the McLaren pair, and there was an equally fascinating interview with McLaren boss Ron Dennis on BBC One just now.

He says McLaren are going up a "very steep learning curve" and insists Jenson Button will stay at McLaren in 2016.

"We have two drivers," he said. "We want both of them in the team and it is as simple as that. We will have a winning team."

Full interview coming up.

Racing now is 'like a Samurai without a sword'

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It is never good when you are lapped, never mind when you are a former world champion being lapped.

Jenson Button finished 16th and he sounded just as frustrated as Fernando Alonso in his post-race interview.

"We've got a lot of work to do," he said. "It is so tough for us because we are so used to fighting. Now it is not fighting it is like a Samurai warrior without his sword."

Alonso 'frustrated' by lack of power

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Asked by Lee McKenzie about his comments on the radio - he referred to racing a "GP2 engine" and said the car's performance was "very embarrassing" - Alonso said:

"You're obviously frustrated when you are overtaken on the straights. In corners other cars are braking late and making mistakes and you are perfect in the corners.

"On the positive side, we keep improving reliability and we didn't repeat the errors in Singapore."

Alonso to stay? Or go?

There has been some uncertainty over the future of Fernando Alonsoat McLaren, and he has just been asked by BBC Sport's Lee McKenzie if he will still be driving for the team next year.

He replied: "Next year is what we are looking for. My intention is to stay for sure and we will win together, I'm sure."

He was asked directly if he will be racing in F1 next year and replied: "I don't know."

Contrasting fortunes

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Fernando Alonso marked the 10th anniversary of his first world title by finishing 11th, but it was a day of frustration for the Spaniard, as he got into the points, but was unable to hold that position and vented a couple of times on team radio, calling it "embarrassing" after he was overtaken by a Sauber.

Wolff 'proud' at Mercedes one-two

Mercedes' team boss Toto Wolff speaking to BBC Sport: "Lewis had a better start and stuck his nose in. It was a tough corner for both of them.

"It makes me particularly proud that we finished one-two (after Rosberg dropped to fourth) because we played two different strategies to get past Bottas and Vettel when we undercut them.

"Slightly relived is an understatement. We had a lot of issues through the race."

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A good omen?

Lewis Hamilton reveals that he sang "Victory" in karaoke last night. It did the trick today.

"That's the one I'll be playing tonight," he says on the podium.

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Interesting start - Vettel

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Third-placed Sebastian Vettel in the podium interviews: "It's my favourite race, I love the track and I love the fans. 

"Overall it was a fantastic race. The start was interesting - watching these two fighting in the first corner and I was able to take advantage of that. Unfortunately I wasn't able to get the big trophy today.

"They are very difficult to beat." 

"Lewis got the better start"

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Nico Rosberg, who finished second: "Lewis just got a better start, fair play. It was great to fight back to second because fourth would not have been acceptable. It is also great for us as a team to be back here after Singapore.

"I had to win today, that didn't work out. Just have to try again next time."

Important to strike back - Hamilton

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Race winner Lewis Hamilton in the podium interviews: "I'm so happy right now. The team has done a fantastic job all weekend. I had a great start.

"For me to come here to a race where I used to watch Ayrton Senna drive, and match his career wins, it doesn't feel real at the moment.

"It was important for us to strike back. We didn't bring our 'A' game in Singapore and we had to bring it today."

A bit awkward

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National anthems sung, champagne sprayed. A standard post-race win scene but then there is a moment of awkwardness as the microphones don't work.

A quick bash at the top of them seems to do the trick.

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Amy Brown: Yes! So happy. Well done, Lewis!

Wendy Pankhurst: Sublime win for Lewis Hamilton - though you did forget he was racing. Also managed fastest lap too!

Pete Naylor: Get in Lewis. Senna's record equalled and one step closer to another title...

Pits Take: Not a thrilling race, but not the worst - pretty standard. I was almost nodding off but that was due to the timing primarily...

Out come the three drivers onto the podium, Lewis Hamilton taking his place on the top step. A familiar position. Victory was his eighth of the season and increases his advantage over Nico Rosberg in the drivers' championship to 48 points. 

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Japanese GP result

11) Alonso 12) Perez 13) Kvyat 14) Ericsson 15) Ricciardo 16) Button 17) Massa 18) Rossi 19) Stevens 

Retired: Nasr

Japanese GP result

1) Hamilton 2) Rosberg 3) Vettel 4) Raikkonen 5) Bottas 6) Hulkenberg 7) Grosjean 8) Maldonado 9) Verstappen 10) Sainz

Hamilton wins the Japanese Grand Prix by nearly 20 seconds. Dishes out a real thrashing to Rosberg who started on pole. Vettel third #f1

David Coulthard

BBC F1 co-commentator

"This has been a much stronger performance from Nico Rosberg. He lost out to Hamilton into Turn Two but the aggression he showed to pass Bottas, he just needs to show that against Hamilton."