SUZUKA, Oct. 11 -- Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton knows a win at this weekend's typhoon-threatened Japanese Grand Prix will go a long way in sealing a sixth Formula One championship.

Hamilton has a commanding 73-point lead over team-mate Valtteri Bottas with five races left. Given Hamilton's success at the 5.807km Suzuka circuit, the odds are clearly in his favour.

Hamilton has won here in four of the last five races.

"The races are counting down but we are just trying to take things one race at a time, put one foot in front of the other and not stumble," said Hamilton, who is coming off a win in Russia. "When you have a battle like this, you're working flat out, turning over every stone and questioning every little thing you can do bett...