Hamilton takes another step towards retaining title

Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg took another one-two for Mercedes AMG Petronas
Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg took another one-two for Mercedes AMG Petronas
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Normal service was resumed at Sunday’s Japanese Grand Prix where championship leader Lewis Hamilton took another big step towards retaining his crown.

The Mercedes AMG Petronas driver led a Brackley one-two with team-mate Nico Rosberg second.

Enstone’s Lotus F1 team had both cars finishing in the top eight for the first time since the Indian Grand Prix in 2013.

Romain Grosjean took seventh with Pastor Maldonado finishing just 1.3 seconds behind him in eighth.

Meanwhile, Lotus has today (Monday) issed a Signature of a letter of intent between Renault Group and Gravity Motorsports SARL regarding the team’s immediate future.

It read: ‘Renault Group and Gravity Motorsports SARL, an affiliate of Genii Capital SA, are pleased to announce the signature of a Letter of Intent regarding the potential acquisition by Renault of a controlling stake in Lotus F1 Team Ltd.

‘The signature of this Letter of Intent marks Renault’s first step towards the project of a Renault Formula 1 team from the 2016 racing season thereby extending 38 years of commitment of the brand to world’s premier motorsport championship series.

‘Renault Group and Gravity will work together in the coming weeks to eventually turn this initial undertaking into a definitive transaction provided all terms and conditions are met between them and other interested parties.’