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GP Week : Issue 229
When the television director, who has access to coverage of all aspects of the race, opts to focus on a battle for 12th place, it is painfully clear the race is somewhat less than stellar. All the action that mattered happened within a few hundred metres of the start, with the remaining 300 kilometres simply a painful necessity before the chequered fell and confirmed what we'd known for some time. The race win was more or less decided in the run to the first corner, but in case it wasn't Lewis Hamilton made sure of it at turn two. Inside teammate Nico Rosberg, Hamilton had the racing line and was well within his rights to ease his car over to the left hand side of the circuit and edge Rosberg off the road. It was hard but absolutely fair, and proved to be the moment that decided the race. It was just a shame it happened within the first thirty seconds. Rosberg's start hadn't been particularly bad, Hamilton just made a better one - which is saying something given he started on the dirty side of the track. The moment Hamilton drew alongside the game was up. After the race Hamilton claimed he'd understeered towards the outside of the circuit, crowding Rosberg out, but that's the polite way of saying he ran the man he is fighting for the championship off the track. Perhaps Rosberg could have eased off the throttle a little sooner, or braked a metre or two earlier to fall in behind Hamilton rather than allow himself to be run off the road, but in the heat of battle he refused to give and in and, as a result, lost a mile. Rosberg fell to fourth as a result and found his progress for ward hampered by a feisty Valtteri Bottas in the opening stint. It was only in the pit cycle that the Mercedes was able to use its pace advantage to get ahead, despite Williams for once trying to be 18 GPWEEK.com // 18 GPWEEK.com // F1 >>> JAPAN PARTNERS: