F1 » Vettel wins big in Japan after Alonso's first lap exit


Sebastian Vettel was left all-but unchallenged in the Japanese Grand Prix, after a first corner incident put championship leader Fernando Alonso out of the race.

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Wacko - Unregistered

October 08, 2012 2:11 AM

I have to ask a question of all the folks not in the Vettel camp and insistent that he can only win from the front. I may be wrong here but is that not why they have a little thing called Qualifying? You qualify as best you can for several reasons. Foremost is to get to the front of the race. Second I have to think would be to avoid the trouble Alonzo and others found today. Really getting sick of hearing people whine about how a driver had a better car, and that is the only reason he won. Resource management, race strategy, driver skill, and dare I say luck are all out the window using that logic. Which is, in and of itself illogical.

wtf - Unregistered

October 08, 2012 3:33 AM

@ Wacko

completely agree with you. I am whole-heartedly a Webber fan and wish that he could get a bit more luck going his way but I cannot help but admire how "fast" Vettel is. He doesn't need to battle through the field when he is good enough to stick the RB on the front row in Qualy.

It takes world-class skill to put a world-class racing car consistenly on pole and win races. Something that others in the field, have not been able to do.

Piercarlogassolini - Unregistered

October 08, 2012 9:00 AM

In amongst all this banter, has anyone noticed that if you strip away the US-style points system, you'll observe that there actually still FOUR drivers in with a reasonable shot at the championship? FA and SV yes obviously, but winless KR and erratic LH are STILL only a win and a half away from the top two. Not saying its gonna happen, but you can bet KR is thinking of nothing more or less than winning the championship (not so sure about LH, can't work him out)

doowot - Unregistered

October 08, 2012 12:04 PM

Vettel only wins when he can drive away from the front - thats hardly what you call 'racing'
His star shone very dimly all the while the Redbull was midfield pace and it showed up his mediocre skills
Now that RedBull have ' done something' to the car and made it a second a lap faster than the rest he is happy again- but the races will become processional yawnathons again
Wonder just what 'sorcery' the dodgepots have conjured up this time .

richard

October 08, 2012 1:01 PM

pc. anyone down to massa can still win the wdc. but in reality, it is probably only the top four that really have a chance.

doowot. seb has won from places other than front row, and has had good results from further down the grid. and has also carried out some great passes. of course, if a person is on poll or on front row, they have a far greater chance of winning, as they are in faster cars.

cknopp - Unregistered

October 08, 2012 6:06 PM

Sebs 2 mechanical failures from the lead has given more points to Fernando than he really earned...

Luckily, or Seb would be leading by 50 points, and it wouldn't be as interesting going into the final 5 races...

Seb will win in Korea, India, and Abu Dhabi.

Sebastian Vettel 2012 WDC, Three-peat!

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