Japan Grand Prix

Motor racing
Outside Broadcast

The Gearhouse team survived the elements in Japan this weekend to help Whisper cover Super Sunday at Suzuka for Channel 4.

Typhoon Hagibis made it an unorthodox Formula One weekend, with high winds forcing qualifying to take place just a few hours before the race itself. A Ferrari front-row lock-out lasted all of five seconds, with Vettel botching the start and Bottas flying past him into the lead.

Bottas held on comfortably to take his first race win since April, and Hamilton came in third to secure Mercedes’ sixth constructors’ title in a row. Only Bottas can now beat Hamilton to the 2019 World Championship: mathematically possible but totally improbable. Hamilton leads Bottas by 64 points, and needs to be 78 clear of the Finn to win his sixth drivers’ title at the next race in Mexico.