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Hamilton edges closer to World Championship with victory in Japan

Lewis Hamilton has one hand, three fingers and a thumb on the world championship after romping to victory in Japan Credit: PA

Lewis Hamilton has one hand, three fingers and a thumb on the world championship after romping to victory in Japan as his rival Sebastian Vettel finished a lowly sixth following a calamitous collision.

Hamilton's fourth win in succession, and sixth in seven rounds, never appeared in doubt as he raced away from pole and cruised to the line ahead of his Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas.

Max Verstappen completed the podium as Vettel endured yet another miserable afternoon following his crash with the Red Bull driver in the early stages of Sunday's Suzuka race.

Hamilton, 67 points clear of the Ferrari driver with just 100 left on the table, will secure his fifth title at the United States Grand Prix in a fortnight's time if he wins and his rival is third or lower.

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Newcastle complete the signing of Japan striker Muto

Muto has moved to Newcastle. Credit: PA

Newcastle have announced that Japan forward Yoshinori Muto has completed his move to the club from Mainz after being granted a work permit at a hearing on Thursday.

Muto, 26, who underwent a medical and agreed personal terms with the Magpies last week, has joined on a four-year deal.

I am very happy to be a player for Newcastle. I am really looking forward to playing in front of the fans.

As the first Japanese Newcastle player, I am honoured to be a player for such a big club. I hope to achieve good results - that is what I am here to do. I would like to perform well and leave my name in Newcastle's history.

– New Newcastle signing Yoshinori Muto speaking to the club's official website.
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