Sebastian Vettel will hope that history repeats itself after securing his second successive Japanese Grand Prix
victory at Suzuka.
Vettel's victory in the race saw him close to within 14 points of team-mate Mark Webber, with the German now level on points with Fernando Alonso
with three races remaining on the calendar.
Victory for Vettel in the race made him only the third driver after Mika Hakkinen and Michael Schumacher to secure back-to-back wins at Suzuka, and with both of those drivers going on to win the title, Vettel said he hoped it was a good omen for the rest of the year.
“I think that is a good omen,” he said. “This is the first time I have won a grand prix for the second time, so I think ultimately you have to fall in love with this track. I'm very proud.”
Vettel's third win of the year was his first trip to the top step of the podium since the European GP in Valencia back in June and he admitted there was relief at making a return to winning ways.
“It's obviously been a tough season for us, with a lot of ups and downs and not so trouble-free, but still I think we're in a very good position,” he said. “As I said, it's about time, so I'm really happy to be back and to have won, my second time here which I'm very proud of. I think it was a very good day for us. Obviously it was a special experience with qualifying and the race in one day. It wasn't too easy in terms of focus to be ready straightaway this morning and this afternoon, but I think the whole team did a very good job. Also in the race, I think the pit stops were spot on - I was really happy with that.
“This track is like it is drawn for us. With all the high-speed corners it is always a pleasure and with the car getting lighter and lighter in the end it is just more and more fun. I'm really, really happy and it is about time.”