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Valtteri Bottas reigns supreme at Japanese GP while Lewis Hamilton accuses Mercedes of costing him shot at victory

Lewis Hamilton fears he will be made to wait for his sixth World Championship after accusing Mercedes of costing him a shot at victory in Japan.

Hamilton will move to within one title of Michael Schumacher’s record if he wins in Mexico a week next Sunday and Valtteri Bottas, who on Sunday claimed his first triumph since April, finishes fifth or lower.

However, the Briton’s chances of sewing up the championship for a third successive year in Mexico City would have been greater but for a questionable strategy decision – one which Hamilton described on the radio as a “f***-up” – as he finished third.

For the second time in three races, the championship leader was aggrieved to have lost out on strategy. In Singapore, he claimed his pit wall’s failure to react to an early stop by Sebastian Vettel robbed him of an easy win.

telegraph.co.uk/13 October 2019

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