Hamilton won the downhill gallop to the opening bend, with Bottas slotting in behind, and Verstappen holding off Kimi Raikkonen's Ferrari.Lewis Hamilton has one hand, three fingers and a thumb on the world championship after romping to victory in Japan as his rival Sebastian Vettel finished a lowly sixth following a calamitous collision.
Hamilton was in total control, but while Mercedes looked to be heading to an easy one-two after the pit stops, his team-mate Valtteri Bottas found himself under pressure from Red Bull's Max Verstappen. The Australian demonstrated to his replacement at Red Bull exactly how one moves smoothly round the field.
"Each week you have a positive weekend and you go to another Grand Prix and you're not sure how you're going to fare and how you're going to perform, because there are still gaps in between".
Hamilton led serenely throughout as his title rival Sebastian Vettel ran into trouble in his attempt to gain ground from his eighth place on the grid.
Vettel spun around and resumed at the back.
Despite the mistakes and a heavy points loss in both championships, Vettel said that seeing the team work was "inspirational" and claims the team doesn't have much to lose now with four races to go.
"Austin is usually a good track for us, so I can't wait to unleash this beast there".
"We've gone from strength to strength as a team", Hamilton said.
Vettel came from too far back, and clumsily thudded into the side of Verstappen as sparks flew and the Ferrari vehicle spun around.
Verstappen was given a five second penalty for an incident with Raikkonen where he clashed with the Ferrari as he rejoined after running off at the chicane.
Stewards reviewed the Verstappen contact and took no action.
Hamilton started from pole and held on to the position till the end of the race.
Meanwhile, Verstappen was able to maintain third ahead of Raikkonen but soon dropped to fourth behind Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo, who started 15th on the grid.
Esteban Ocon completed a double points finish for Force India in ninth while Carlos Sainz took the final point for Renault.
Verstappen marched on not wounded but Vettel's hopes of finishing at least third here and reducing the points damage to Hamilton were over in an instant. I think the whole weekend's been very strong from the team, it's a great 1-2 from Mercedes, it a true showing of the great strength in depth we have as a team. Vettel knew he had to win here but after qualifying badly the odds were already against him.
"I'm not the one who makes the rules but I think it's a similar scenario to what I had in China with him", said Verstappen. I had lost a lot of downforce, but there was not much I could do.
Ferrari boss Maurizio Arrivabene said the podium had been within Ferrari's grasp.