F1 Paddock Pass: Japanese GP post-race (VIDEO)

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Lewis Hamilton tightened his stranglehold on the 2015 Formula 1 drivers’ championship by extending his lead over Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg to 48 points with victory in Japan on Sunday.

Hamilton seized the lead from pole-sitter Rosberg at the first corner and never looked back, leading the remainder of the race en route to his eighth victory of the year.

The battle at the front may have marked a return to normal service following Ferrari’s shock win in Singapore seven days ago, but there were a number of interesting fights and stories unfolding throughout he field at Suzuka.

Rounding up all of the action, Will Buxton brings you the latest edition of NBC Sports’ original digital series “Paddock Pass” following the checkered flag in Japan.

In part one, we hear from the top three drivers at Suzuka, all of whom were pleased with their outings on Sunday even if there was only one winner.

In part two, we speak to Nico Hulkenberg who went largely unnoticed throughout Sunday’s race en route to sixth place, aiding Force India’s bid to finish fifth in the constructors’ championship.