The Sauber driver was mentored through his junior racing years by Jules Bianchi, who died nine months after a horrific crash at the rain-hit Japanese GP in 2014.
Lewis Hamilton stormed to victory at the Japanese Grand Prix, claiming his fourth straight Formula One win and moving a step closer to a fifth world championship.
Championship leader Lewis Hamilton claimed pole position for the Japanese Grand Prix.
After winning the Russian GP last week, Hamilton leads rival Sebastian Vettel by 50 points.
It looked like a race, but the winner wasn't decided on the track.
Lewis Hamilton won the Russian Grand Prix and closed in on his fifth Formula One title, but he's not happy.
Valtteri Bottas beat Formula One leader Lewis Hamilton to pole position for the Russian Grand Prix.
Lewis Hamilton was .199 seconds faster than Bottas in cool, overcast conditions, followed by the two Red Bulls of Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo.
Have Sebastian Vettel and Ferrari blown their title chance?
Lewis Hamilton sounds unsure of just one thing: whether Ferrari can bounce back after he dealt another crushing blow to Sebastian Vettel's title hopes.