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Autosport F1 Podcast: Mercedes' Hamilton closes in on fourth title

Lewis Hamilton Mercedes Japanese Grand Prix 2017

The latest edition of The Autosport Podcast looks back at the Japanese Grand Prix, where Lewis Hamilton moved to the brink of a fourth Formula 1 title.

Edd Straw is joined by Scott Mitchell and podcast returnee Andrew van de Burgt to discuss Ferrari's latest failure, and the end of Sebastian Vettel's realistic world championship hopes.

As well as Hamilton's narrow victory over Red Bull's Max Verstappen and Vettel's spark plug failure, there's also a look at the unique characteristics of Suzuka that make it such a challenging track.

The end of Jolyon Palmer's stint with Renault raises the question of whether the 26-year-old was treated harshly, or didn't make the most of his big break.

There's also a look at the imminent Williams evaluations of Robert Kubica and Paul di Resta, and the successful seasons of newly-crowned Formula 2 and GP3 champions Charles Leclerc and George Russell.

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