First victory of the German pilot at Suzuka: behind him Verstappen who defended from the move up of Lewis Hamilton. As said before, another great race performed by Nico Rosberg, which is going together with an horrible start done by Hamilton, capable just to end 3rd behind the two pilots of Mercedes and Red Bull. This is allowing Rosberg to increase his advantage to 33 points when there are just 4 races left, leaving the championship team to Mercedes. Below the podium, there are the Ferraris with Vettel 4th and Raikkonen 5th. They were bright to handle the racing in a good way, but it is possible they were not supported strategically by their team in the same way. We can basically see the same story with Ricciardo and his team: this time he was 6th.
Another good result is the one got by Force India with Perez not too far from the leading area and 7th, followed by Hulkenberg 8th: this is a result which is giving 10 points of advantage over the Williams which were not capable to push Massa and Bottas over 9th and 10th place. The Renault was close to fondle the idea to get some important points, but they have to accept a second-rate result (Magnussen 14th). In any case, much better than what they got in Toro Rosso and McLaren. This time the contribution of Alonso and Button was not enough, even if there was another update in Hondas power-unit. Another time is impossible to evaluate Sauber and Manor.
About the RB-12 project, it is clear a constant evolution was the key factor to move the team from the third bargaining power to a team capable to overcome the Ferrari. The match was won giving a great importance to the development, so to allow Red Bull to become the second team in order of importance. The capability to evolve and improve a project, it has always been one of the strength of this Formula 1 team: even the numbers are proving it. At Melbourne, Ricciardo was suffering a delay of 24 seconds against Rosberg, while right now this difference was radically reduced. Ricciardo acknowledges to his team to have worked very hard like never before:
Whatever we have place in our car, perhaps with the help of our suggestions, looked to go in the right direction. Since I am in Red Bull, this is the best year ever experienced
If we do not remember the many drop-outs of Vettel with his Ferrari, it is evident like the technical liveliness of Red Bull has made a big difference in the recovery to the second place. RB-12 has gone through an evident improvement in regard to last year.