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Vettel wins Japanese GP

Sebastian Vettel charged to a dominant win as the Japanese Grand Prix returned to Suzuka, although the margin of victory was diminished by a late safety car period.

The German led from start to finish, returning to the front from both of his pit-stops as Red Bull Racing reclaimed the top step of the podium. Despite only have four laps to run after the safety car departed, Vettel still triumphed by 4.8secs.

Jarno Trulli gave Toyota its second runners-up finish in as many week, overcoming Lewis Hamilton at the final round of stops after the Briton had powered past under KERS at the start. Ironically, the McLaren driver suffered a repeat of his Singapore KERS problems in the closing stages, denying the chance to respond.

Kimi Raikkonen, Nico Rosberg and Nick Heidfeld filled the next three positions, before Brawn picked up three points to limit the potential damage caused by Vettel's win. Rubens Barrichello and Jenson Button had to fend off the attentions of Robert Kubica after the safety car, but came home in seventh and eighth respectively as the Brazilian regained the point conceded to his team-mate last weekend.

Vettel's win and Button's eighth place trims the points gap between them to 16, keeping the German in the title hunt as the series heads to Brazil in a fortnight's time. Likewise, RBR lives to fight another day after brawn failed to score the requisite number of points to claim the constructors' crown.

Full report and result to follow....



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Sebastian Vettel [Pic credit: Red Bull]
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27.11.2016 - Race, 3rd place Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Ferrari SF16-H

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Frank G

October 04, 2009 9:07 AM

have nothing against Lewis nor have I anything in his favor either but why is it that every time some one says anything against him most people call them haters (which is a very strong word in my vocabulary) or a racist? Yes he's black, and so what? That doesn't make him better or worse than anyone else. He's a driver and a human being just as every one else on the grid. Does that mean everyone has to like him or cannot dislike him? I see a ton of people mocking other drivers here and no one calls them racists or whatever... You all have to move on... it is really getting old. :rolleyes: :rolleyes:



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