Renault's Fernando Alonso has sensationally won the Japanese Grand Prix. The double world champion capitalised on rivals mistakes to claim his second consecutive victory.
Pole-sitter Hamilton finished twelfth after an incident packed race. He had a slow start then braked late for turn one. The ensuing chaos saw Lewis flat spot his tyres and force Raikkonen wide. During lap two, championship contender Felipe Massa collided with Hamilton spinning the McLaren. Both men received drive-through penalties for their respective incidents.
Felipe Massa eventually finished eighth. He was later promoted to seventh after sixth placed finisher, Sebastien Bourdais, was penalised. The result sees Hamilton's championship lead reduced to five points.
Hamilton said, “You can always look back and wish you did something else, but I made a mistake and I paid for it. This sort of thing happens, you’ve just got to keep your head up and keep going.”
Life was also difficult for Britain's other drivers. David Coulthard's Red Bull was damaged during early collisions, then spun into the barrier with suspension failure. Jenson Button finished fourteenth for Honda, one lap down on Fernando Alonso. The Formula 1 circus now heads for China.