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F1 2012 standings after Japanese GP

CLICK HERE for the championship standings following this weekend's Japanese Grand Prix - round 15 out of 20 in the 2012 FIA F1 World Championship.
Fernando Alonso continues to lead the F1 drivers' standings coming out of the 2012 F1 Grand Prix of Japan at Suzuka, but his margin over Sebastian Vettel has been slashed from 29pts to just 4pts with five races remaining in this year's championship.

Alonso's exit after contact with Kimi Raikkonen in the first corner of the race meant that he had to watch his main rival for the title utterly dominate the rest of the race to maximise the points-scoring opportunity that Alonso's misfortune had presented.

Before Vettel's back-to-back wins at Singapore and Japan, Alonso held what had looked to be an almost unassailable 37pt lead over the rest of the field - with Lewis Hamilton being in second place at the time. Now Hamilton has slumped to fourth place just behind Raikkonen, 42pts behind Alonso and increasingly unlikely to feature in the climax to the season's campaign.

After the their podium successes at Suzuka, Felipe Massa moves up a place ahead of Sergio Perez from tenth to ninth in the driver standings, while Kobayashi climbs up from 13th to 11th position.

In the team standings, Red Bull now have a 42pt lead over McLaren in the constructors championship, with Ferrari a further 20pts behind the Woking squad. Lotus are just hanging in with the leaders, but Mercedes, Sauber and Force India have now all lost touch with this battle.

CLICK HERE for the full driver and constructor standings following the F1 2012 Japanese Grand Prix.



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06.10.2012- Qualifying, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) McLaren Mercedes MP4-27
04.10.2012- Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Lotus F1 Team E20
06.10.2012- Free Practice 3, Fernando Alonso (ESP) Scuderia Ferrari F2012
06.10.2012- Qualifying, Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB8 pole position
Max Verstappen (NLD) Red Bull Racing RB12.
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(L to R): Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 and Fernando Alonso (ESP) McLaren with the media.
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(L to R): Race winner Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 and second placed Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Red Bull Racing in parc ferme.
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Race winner Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 celebrates in parc ferme as his third placed team mate Lewis Hamilton (GBR) climbs from his Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid.
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Race winner Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 celebrates in parc ferme as his third placed team mate Lewis Hamilton (GBR) climbs from his Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid.
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Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB12.
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A marshal waves a red flag as the race is stoppd.
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Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Ferrari with the media.
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(L to R): Nico Hulkenberg (GER) Sahara Force India F1; Fernando Alonso (ESP) McLaren; and Max Verstappen (NLD) Red Bull Racing with the media.
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Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 celebrates his third position in parc ferme.
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Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 celebrates his third position in parc ferme.
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Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid.
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(Top to Bottom): Fernando Alonso (ESP) McLaren; Max Verstappen (NLD) Red Bull Racing; and Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Ferrari, with the media.
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Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB12.
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