Lewis experienced a tough afternoon at Suzuka. He suffered a right-rear tyre puncture following contact with Sebastian Vettel on the run to turn one. The damage caused by the lap returning to the pits meant the team had to retire the car after seven laps.
“I got a fantastic start this afternoon, better than both Red Bulls for probably the first time this year. Mark moved right, so I had to move as well, which sandwiched Sebastian between me and Romain. Seb's front wing clipped my right rear, cut the tyre and that was that,” said Lewis. “It wasn't his fault at all, just one of those things that wasn't meant to be this afternoon. I feel most gutted for the team - the guys here at the track and in the factory - because they are doing an amazing job right now and we're just not getting the reward for it.”
Looking to the last four races, Lewis said: “I will just be going out there to enjoy them and score as many points as I can for the team. I still believe that second in the Constructors' Championship is in our reach if our luck takes a turn for the better and that's what we will all be aiming for.”