Japanese GP: Nico Rosberg closes on F1 title as Mercedes seals hat-trick

    Nico Rosberg celebrates his victory at Suzuka with his Mercedes team which has sealed the Constructors' crown.

    Story highlights

    • Nico Rosberg wins Japanese GP
    • Extends title lead over Lewis Hamilton
    • Mercedes retains constructors' championship
    • Max Verstappen second for Red Bull

    (CNN)Mercedes clinched Formula One's constructors' championship for a third straight year as Nico Rosberg took a giant step towards his first drivers' title with a commanding victory in the Japanese Grand Prix Sunday.

    Rosberg opened up a 33-point lead over his Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton after the two-time defending champion could only manage third place at Suzuka.
    Hamilton, still smarting from the engine blowout which cost him victory last weekend in Malaysia, made a terrible start as he looked to put pressure on polesitter Rosberg and had to battle hard to even make the podium.