The Silver Arrows now boast a healthy 145 points lead in the Constructors' Championship after Japan, but Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff says Ferrari's recent bad luck must serve as a reminder that it's not over until it's over...
"This was another perfect performance from Lewis," said Toto. "He controlled the race from start to finish, taking nothing more out of the tyres and engine than he needed to at any point. It got close with Max at a few points, especially in the closing laps when they came up on traffic and were struggling for tyre temperature, but he kept cool and brought it home to the flag.
"As for Valtteri, he recovered well from the gearbox penalty to claim P4 and come within a few tenths of a second of the podium. He had strong pace today and never gave up pushing to the end, it was a real battling drive.
"One look at the points standings might give us some brief comfort but there are still four races to go, 100 points to win in the drivers' title and, if the past weeks have shown us anything at all, it's that anything can happen in motorsport.
"We take no prisoners in how we claim our points - but we are all conscious that we have benefited from our rivals' misfortune and reliability woes in recent weeks. So nothing changes in our approach: we must take the next races one at a time, push to better understand the car and keep our humble attitude.
"That is the approach that has worked for us so far and the way we will continue until the final race in Abu Dhabi."