Hamilton now has a points lead of more than two race wins over Vettel with a maximum 100 on offer from the last four rounds of the season.
"In terms of pace, hopefully we should be closer to our competitors".
Speaking after the clash, Hamilton said: "Max drove an outstanding race and honestly it wasn't an easy one for us at all".
Raikkonen then addressed the issues facing Vettel and the team as a whole.
Hamilton could now claim his fourth world championship at the next round at the Circuit of the Americas.
While Hamilton easily got past Alonso's McLaren, Verstappen was held up slightly (resulting in an investigation into Fernando ignoring blue flags) and this gave Lewis a bit of breathing room. He was, however, exemplary in Saturday's qualifying session. "I couldn't really attack him, but I tried".
Today's result marks the tenth victory for the Mercedes-Benz Silver Arrows of the 2017 season.
It is the first time Ricciardo has reached the podium in Japan, with his previous best finish a fourth in 2014. "I was excited to race Sebastian today, but he was obviously very unfortunate", Hamilton said. "The Ferrari guys certainly feel awful at the moment", he told Sky.
Bottas added: "I've definitely learned a lot again from this weekend".
"I could have only dreamed about having such a gap in the standings".
"I'm looking forward to Austin".
"I don't think there is anything, I think it was just low. short shifting which the engine doesn't like so much".
Verstappen pitted a lap earlier than Hamilton, then produced some good laps to cut the lead to 1.7 seconds midway through the race.
Team supremo Toto Wolff described Hamilton's race as "another perfect performance". Yet the Singapore and Malaysia races were trying for a team that is used to setting the pace. He consistently works his way to the podium and that gives him a chance to win if Hamilton and Vettel are to have some issues on the track. "The car balance was getting better and better". Hamilton had left Malaysia last week concerned after his Mercedes had been soundly outpaced by Red Bull and Ferrari.
Then, on lap 5 the Ferrari garage deemed it was bad enough, pulled in Mr. Vettell, and retired him for a DNF at 19th. "Of course it hurts, and we're all disappointed".
First look at guns used in Las Vegas shooter's hotel room
According to Lombardo, one camera was placed by the gunman in a food service cart in the hallway outside of his suite. It has since been confirmed that Danley boarded a flight back to the U.S. , where she was confronted by authorities.
Trump budget chiefs says no bailout for Puerto Rico debt
On Thursday morning the governor of Puerto Rico updated the media and the community on where things stand in terms of numbers. Here in New Mexico, we are lucky to be living in the mountains, where natural disasters are not as common as in other places.
Track its path here — Hurricane Nate
Nate will stay far away from SWFL but we will see some added moisture and choppy water conditions from the storm. In the U.S., storm surge, dangerous waves and flooding are the biggest risks for the low-lying oceanfront areas.
Feinstein's Gun Control Bill Wins Some GOP Support
The comments came following news Paddock had bought 33 guns between October 2016 and September 28, when he checked into the hotel. Automatic weapons have been illegal in the United States for over 30 years but bump stock devices offer a way around that law.