Victory at Suzuka gave Lewis Hamilton a 59-point lead over Sebastian Vettel in the Formula One drivers' standings.
After missing out to then-Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg last year, the Briton can claim a fourth world championship in the United States next time out.
It seems unlikely that Hamilton will let his advantage slip, particularly after his bid for a first title in his rookie season of 2007 fell apart and saw Kimi Raikkonen take glory.
Hamilton held a 12-point lead over Fernando Alonso with Raikkonen a further five back coming into the penultimate race in China, but famously overshot a turn in the pit lane and was forced to retire with his McLaren stuck in the gravel.
A gearbox issue in the finale at Interlagos forced Hamilton to change to a three-stop strategy and by finishing seventh as Raikkonen made it back-to-back wins, it was the Finn who took the crown by a solitary point.
Here, we take a look at some of the other great comebacks in F1.
Sebastian Vettel - 2010
The German is no stranger to having to overturn a hefty disadvantage.
In claiming his first world title while at Red Bull, Vettel wiped out a 31-point deficit to the top of the leaderboard to win the championship by just four points.
Hamilton led the way after triumphing at the Belgian Grand Prix, where Vettel came 15th after spinning into Jenson Button and being forced into the pits.
After missing out on the top three at Monza, the Red Bull driver was on the podium in four of the last five races to pip Alonso to glory.
Alonso led the way into the Abu Dhabi finale, but his seventh-place finish and eighth for Mark Webber saw Vettel take a win which completed a remarkable comeback.
Alain Prost - 1986
After being disqualified from the Italian Grand Prix for starting from the spare car and finishing behind championship leader Nigel Mansell in Portugal, McLaren driver Prost found himself 11 points adrift of the Williams man.
However, an unwell Mansell paid the price for a slow start in Mexico as he finished fifth, with Prost taking second and Nelson Piquet fourth to set up a three-way fight for the title in Australia.
Again, the Briton suffered a sluggish getaway but his hopes of winning the championship evaporated when a tyre blew out with 19 minutes remaining.
Prost held off a late charge from Piquet in the closing stages to win by just over four seconds and finish top of the pile for the second year running.
Nelson Piquet - 1983
Prost's dramatic victory will surely have helped him put a disappointing collapse three years prior behind him.
A suspension issue at the Dutch Grand Prix resulted in his championship lead being cut to eight points by Rene Arnoux, with Piquet a further six behind alongside Patrick Tambay.
Prost suffered a second successive retirement in Italy next time out, with Brabham driver Piquet pipping Arnoux before making it back-to-back wins at the European Grand Prix.
Prost finished second to the Brazilian at Brands Hatch but again failed to finish the season-ending South African Grand Prix, and third for Piquet proved enough for him to regain the title he had first won two years prior.
Emerson Fittipaldi - 1974
McLaren driver Fittipaldi was nine points off pacesetter Clay Regazzoni with three races left, but he finished highest of the four title candidates at Monza to improve his challenge.
Fortune favoured the Brazilian in Canada as Niki Lauda crashed out and Jacque Laffite sustained a puncture to give him the victory and bring him level with Regazzoni – who finished 13 seconds back – at the top of the standings.
The Swiss was dogged by mechanical issues in a highly tactical showdown in the United States and Fittipaldi guided his McLaren to fourth to clinch his second championship victory in three years.
20 de octubre 2017
|Dyche not ´running away´ from Burnley as Leicester links intensify|
|UEFA fails to fine Spartak over racist chants in Youth League game|
|Can committed to Liverpool despite contract impasse|
|Albatross helps Luiten maintain narrow Valderrama lead|
|Bernat steps up recovery for Bayern comeback|
|Hasan heroics and Malik might leave Sri Lanka stumped yet again|
|Baker out as Nationals manager|
|Higuain has ´nothing to prove´ despite latest Argentina snub|
|Scotland forward Hardie suspended|
|Suarez struggles no concern for Barca boss Valverde|
|Emery: Neymar needs time to become PSG´s Messi|
|Sarri could have been finance minister! - Spalletti marvels at Napoli boss´ rise|
|Douglas Costa secures Brazil recall for Japan and England friendlies|
|McTominay lands new Manchester United deal|
|Brown blow for Scotland and Glasgow|
|Verstappen signs new Red Bull deal to 2020|
|Rose ready for Spurs return, but won´t start vs Liverpool|
|Koeman confident Everton signings will come good|
|Under-fire Burki lands new four-year Dortmund deal|
|Conte admits to Chelsea midfield crisis ahead of Watford clash|
|Sanchez and Ramsey boost Arsenal for Goodison trip|
|Halep to face Svitolina, Wozniacki and Garcia in Singapore|
|Mane still in rehab, but Klopp won´t block Senegal call-up|
|Kaepernick not blackballed by NFL, claims 49ers owner York|
|Mourinho has ´a feeling´ Ibrahimovic will be back in 2017|
|Conte dismisses Mourinho feud as ´a stupid issue´|
|Always Man City can do better - Guardiola challenges Premier League leaders|
|Aaron Rodgers posts ´comeback starts now´ photo after surgery|
|Klopp anticipating Spurs thriller after Man Utd snoozefest|
|Mawson and Daniels join Mata´s Common Goal|
|Hughes thankful for Stoke stability after ´emotional´ Premier League sackings|
|Bosz determined to turn around Dortmund slump|
|UEFA charge Everton after fans strike Lyon players|
|Adelaide United 2 Melbourne Victory 2: Austin pegs back United after Lia double|
|Webb heartbroken by ´joke´ new Wales selection policy|
|Real Madrid blow as Navas suffers thigh injury|
|Muller close to his old self again, says Heynckes|
|Everton ban fan involved in ugly Lyon scenes|
|Boyd ´very close´ to new Broncos deal|
|British Cycling doctor at centre of ´mystery package´ investigation resigns|
|Manchester City star De Bruyne wants trophies, not awards|
|UEFA charge Roma over alleged racist chanting at Chelsea match|
|Ibrahimovic tipped for December return by training partner Cole|
|Savea replaces injured Todd on All Blacks bench|
|Schweinsteiger ´open to everything´ as he nears end of Chicago Fire contract|
|Ferrari issues have handed Hamilton the title - Button|
|Neymar confirmed wish to leave Barcelona at Messi´s wedding, says Xavi|
|Thomas battles to stay among the leaders as Luke tops the List in Jeju|
|Kershaw jokes he ´might retire´ if Dodgers win World Series|
|Westbrook posts historic triple-double for new-look Thunder|
|Espargaro edges Marquez, Dovizioso in practice|
|Raiders claim exhilarating win over Chiefs|
|Cronk wants to play in 2018, says agent|
|De Bruyne: Man City, United fighting for title|
|Dodgers crush Cubs to reach first World Series since 1988|
|Marshawn Lynch ejected after shoving official|
|WATCH: Hernandez crushes Cubs´ hopes with grand slam|
|Vettel retains F1 title hope|
|LeBron still trying to get into playing shape|
|Wilshere will get Premier League chance – Wenger|
|Giroud: I got lucky with Red Star winner|
|Astros manager Hinch reminds everyone ALCS is not over|
|Lakers coach Walton says players will ´come after´ Lonzo Ball|
|F1 Raceweek: Hamilton dismisses title talk as Alonso eyes future challenge|
|Montella urges fans to ´stand by´ Milan after San Siro boos|
|Koeman admits he could be sacked by Everton|
|Carreno Busta´s Finals hopes take Moscow blow, Dimitrov and Goffin stay on course|
19 de octubre 2017
|Gloucester back on track with Agen hammering|
|Everton 1 Lyon 2: Koeman feeling the heat, while Williams brawl overshadows spectacle|
|Bridgewater: I definitely believe I will play this year|