Rosberg wins, Mercedes clinches constructors' title

Rosberg now leads Hamilton by 33 points in the overall standings after winning the Japanese Grand Prix, and with just four races to go, can claim the title without winning any more races this year.

Nico Rosberg celebrates his win on the podium during the Formula One Grand Prix of Japan at Suzuka Circuit.   -  Reuters

Nico Rosberg eased to victory at the Japanese Grand Prix on Sunday with a drive that handed Mercedes its third straight constructors championship and extended the German's lead in his pursuit of a maiden Formula One title.

Max Verstappen crossed the line in second in his Red Bull, fending off a late-charging world champion Lewis Hamilton, who recovered from a botched start to finish third in the other Mercedes.

Rosberg now leads Hamilton by 33 points in the overall standings and, with just four races to go, can claim the title without winning any more races this year.