Updated: 10/10/2012 15:30 | By pa.press.net

Vettel takes glory in Japan



Red Bull Racing driver Sebastian Vettel claimed victory in Japan

Red Bull Racing driver Sebastian Vettel claimed victory in Japan

Sebastian Vettel gave his hopes of claiming a third-consecutive world title a huge boost as he took advantage of Fernando Alonso's first-lap retirement with a consummate Japanese Grand Prix victory at Suzuka.

Vettel cruised to his third victory of the season, and second in a row, to move him to within four points of Alonso at the top of the drivers' championship, after the Spaniard dramatically crashed out at the first corner after contact with Kimi Raikkonen.

Felipe Massa did his chances of staying with Ferrari the power of good with second place and Kamui Kobayashi delighted the home crowd as he took a career-best finish third, becoming the first Japanese driver to finish on the podium here since Aguri Suzuki in 1990.

But it was another poor day for McLaren as Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton finished fourth and fifth, although the latter moved to within 42 points of Alonso.

Raikkonen was sixth ahead of Nico Hulkenberg, Pastor Maldonado - scoring his first points since winning in Spain - Mark Webber and Daniel Ricciardo.

In a chaotic start, Alonso was edged to the outside on the run down to turn one, but clipped Raikkonen's front wing, running wide before spinning and coming to a halt in the middle of the track. Vettel seized his opportunity with a controlled performance to claim victory.

Nico Rosberg also retired after a collision with Bruno Senna as the safety car made an appearance for the fourth straight race here, coming in after just one lap on track.

Vettel admitted it had taken him half the race to realise his principal title rival was out, but admitted his car was "a dream" to drive. He said: "I saw there was a safety car at the very beginning, we had a very good start which was very important as behind me there was a crash.

"I saw a Ferrari had crashed, but I was not sure who it was but halfway through the race I looked at the (timing) tower to see where the others are and I saw the car that was still racing was Felipe, so I assumed Fernando was not racing any more.

"The guys have pushed so hard over the last couple of months and when you dream at night you dream about being able to drive a car like that, the balance was fantastic and I was enjoying every lap, which I think was why we had such a big gap to the others and I am very happy."

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07/10/2012 10:36
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It is a shame that people like me who have been watching Formula ! "live" for 30 years cannot now see it live as it happens.
This is  because the BBC and the Government condoned Ecclestone making more miilions at the expense of fans
The Labour Government always said the home of Formula .1. was the UK and they would always try to keep viewing, ( Well it is not because of the licence) free.
But people who cannot afford paying another nine or ten pounds a month for sport programs from Sky, when only one program is wanted MISS OUT!
SO THE CURTAIN COMES DOWN ON LIVE RACING FOR A FAN OF 30 YEARS LIVE VIEWING.

SO MUCH FOR BRITISH FREEDOM AND EQUALITY.
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Well if they paid their presenters and stars a lot less maybe we can see these programme live..I would like to know what the BBC  wage bill is!!!  How much does Brucy get for stictly  £900k and we are paying this...
07/10/2012 12:38
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I think the poison dwarf doesn't give a damn for the average fans. He is only keen to add to his, already,enormous fortune. I have a Virgin Media package on cable which is better than my previous package with sky. I still get most of the basic sky channels with Virgin anyway but, when I phoned to ask if I could subscribe to Sky F1, I was informed that I would have to subscribe to all the sports channels to get it. Sky are not allowing us to pay for that one channel alone. WHAT A RIP OFF!!!

07/10/2012 09:07
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Well done Vettel (he said through gritted teeth) but the biggest smile of the day must be for Kamui taking his first podium appropriately at his home grand prix. Mediocre finish for Mclaren but they got the best they could have hoped for after quali and at least both cars finished in the points for the first time in quite a while. Cant see anyone but Vettel winning the championship now with Red Bull having come back strong and Ferrari still struggling during quali. Bring on Korea.
07/10/2012 16:47
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Funny that when i have to use the computer for work and avoided the news ,and couldn't watch in the early hours like most people . So waiting for the re-run on the BEEB , and MSN have the Breaking News of who's won  Thanks MSN , next time why not have a ' CLICK ON FOR RESULT' !
07/10/2012 14:21
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ally p, when you have grown up and have a house and kids then you may realize life is not so easy as when your still living off your parents.
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The fact of the matter is money talks, the BBC can't afford it due to people willing to bid more and more, if the BBC got every penny of the licence fee it could but the truth is the government collect the fee and they decide the budget for the BBC and the government then use the remaining money to fund other projects. The thing that really annoys me with the BBC is them making programs with my money that are only available on BBC 3 BBC 4. 
07/10/2012 23:28
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Why doesnt MSN show BTCC results? I much prefer that to F1. 
Loads of action in every race, cars you see on the street plus you don't have to have a dedicated channel. 
BTCC should get more respect and coverage than it does. 
07/10/2012 14:40
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The likes of Ally P have obviously made up accounts (only 1 post) and chosen photos to incite people into thinking they are "living at home with mummy and daddy." Dont fall for it.

For those who dont have sky packages if you search around online you should be able to find F1 for free. The quality isnt brilliant but at least you get to watch live and you can be satisfied in knowing youll be getting up the noses of the likes of Stealth Productions (what kind of a name is that?) rather than paying through the nose!

08/10/2012 07:01
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the bbc announced the race results on the 9am news, five hours before they broadcast the race on the same channel, well done bbc very smart.  (BBC britains biggest c##ks)
08/10/2012 02:03
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Thanks for telling me this, had to record it on bbc and not had time to watch the race yet, no point now.
07/10/2012 11:44
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So Paul, You don't have BBC 3 or 4 ????
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For me F.1 has been ruined by the money men . I used to watch it  ,but now it  is just  a procession with no overtaking near the front  . And the driver  is now just a tool , you could probably get a London cab driver to do the job if given the best car - which is constantly changing due to advancing technology . We will see how Hamilton does in his new drive , and then make-up our minds if it is the car OR the driver ? .
07/10/2012 16:40
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There is no coment below because it was blocked by msn !

07/10/2012 12:06
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well what style & grace in his driving & words - to have a car that has that feel for the road & speed is all u need to w|n & w|n vettel did n| m8 :)
07/10/2012 13:29
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all the sports channels to get it. Sky are not allowing us to pay for that one channel alone. WHAT A RIP OF

07/10/2012 14:49
07/10/2012 13:12
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great to see the great man back doing what he does best winning go vettel go
07/10/2012 13:26
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Come on vettel ,champion elect and I am talking about 2013 this year is done and dusted ,how I did cheer when that spanish snidy git went out ,think about it next year, who is there to beat him Button ,Webber, Perez ? don't make me laugh, Hamilton will be overtaken by all and sundry on the assumption he even makes it past lap one, due to the fact that he will be starting from midfield and knowing full well that he's got no chance and will lunge somewhere down the starting grid and get involved in a pile up, or will get frustrated that all and sundry are overtaking him and do something stupid and by the way i'm a Hamilton/button fan but i'm also a realist, now that just leaves Alonso his chances will be dependant on if ferrari can give him a good car or not.
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