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Hamilton wins Japanese Grand Prix after crash halts race

Britain's Lewis Hamilton won a wet Japanese Formula One Grand Prix to extend his championship lead but the race was overshadowed by two crashes involving Jules Bianchi and Adrian Sutil.

The race needed two starts behind the safety car and was stopped before the full distance due to Typhoon Phanfone.

Mercedes Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton leads team mate Nico Rosberg. Credit: REUTERS/Toru Hanai

The FIA confirmed Bianchi was unconscious when taken to hospital via ambulance.

Sauber tweeted afterwards:

Lewis Hamilton told BBC Sport: "It was great. What a day. It's been very difficult conditions and we hope Bianchi is OK."

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Mercedes punish Rosberg over Hamilton crash

Formula One team Mercedes has disciplined Nico Rosberg for crashing into team-mate Lewis Hamilton during last weekend's Belgian Grand Prix, warning the German driver that "another such incident will not be tolerated."

The team said Rosberg has "acknowledged his responsibility for the contact" that occurred in the second lap of Sunday's race and "apologized for this error of judgment."

Nico Rosberg (R) crashed into Lewis Hamilton while trying to overtake him. Credit: PA

Mercedes says "suitable disciplinary measures have been taken" against Rosberg but that he is free to race in the championship.

Rosberg leads the drivers' standings on 220 points, with Hamilton in second place on 191.

Mercedes says the two drivers "accept the team's No. 1 rule: there must be no contact between the team's cars on track."

Lewis Hamilton 'OK' after heavy crash in qualifying

Lewis Hamilton said he was "OK" following a heavy crash in qualifying ahead of the German Grand Prix in Hockenheim.

The driver could be heard on his car's radio saying: ""Yeah, I'm OK. I hit the brakes and something ... the brakes failed."

His team Mercedes also tweeted that he was "OK but sore" after the accident.

Hamilton takes second place at Monaco Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton (L), Nico Rosberg (C) and Daniel Ricciardo at the post-qualifying press conference at Monaco. Credit: James Moy Photography/Press Association Images

Mercedes have claimed the top two places in the 2014 Formula One Monaco Grand Prix, with Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton finishing first and second respectively.

Daniel Ricciardo rounded out the podium finishers, taking third place for the Red Bull team.

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Lewis Hamilton wins third Grand Prix in a row

British Formula 1 driver Lewis Hamilton has won his third consecutive Grand Prix by clinching first place in China.

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton has won his third consecutive Grand Prix Credit: James Moy/James Moy Photography/Press Association Images

The victory follows wins in the season's second and third races held in Malaysia and Bahrain.

Hamilton is chasing a second F1 championship after claiming the title in 2008.

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