Red Bull Racing's Sebastian Vettel was 'very proud' after he won the F1 2010 Japanese Grand Prix.

Vettel, who started from pole, led throughout - barring the pit stops - and he eventually took the chequered flag 0.9 seconds up on his team-mate, Mark Webber.

It was a significant result for the German, as it moves him up to joint second in the standings and he now closes to within 14 points of Webber with three races to go and 75 points up for grabs.

"This circuit is very special - the fans are incredible here and to get my second win in Suzuka is fantastic," Vettel reflected. "It was a nice Sunday; to have qualifying and the race in one day is a unique experience and to finish top in both is great.

"Thanks to the team, to those here and also back in the UK - they all work very, very hard. We had some small upgrades here and they were a step forward. Our car loves this type of circuit and I'm very happy and very proud of today's result.

"Mark was running in second and was trying to put me under pressure, but having track position helps and the race was basically about managing the car and the tyres until the first stop. It wasn't certain when the soft tyres would go off, but the timing of the pitstop was right.

"We were then behind Jenson [Button] at the start of the second stint. I wasn't pushing as I trying to control the gap while waiting for him to make his stop. It wasn't easy today, but it was a nice and controlled race."

Red Bull team boss Christian Horner meanwhile was also was delighted, as the 1-2 finish means the Milton Keynes-based outfit stretches it lead over McLaren in the constructors' to 45 points.

"It's been a fantastic day for the team with the added pressure of having to qualify this morning," Horner continued. "We secured the front row and then converted that into a one-two finish this afternoon, it was a perfect performance from the team and the drivers and it's a fantastic result.

"We had to keep an eye on Jenson Button's strategy because of him running on a different tyre at the start of the race and he started to back things up a little bit after half-distance, but at no point were we overly concerned and both drivers did a very good job of looking after their tyres and cars.

"Mark's managed to extend his Championship lead over Fernando [Alonso], who Sebastian is now tied on points with, while in the Constructors', we've managed to open up a healthy margin."


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