Vettel Takes Home Win for F1 Japanese GP

F1 Grand Prix of Japan - RaceAt times it seemed that Lotus’s Romain Grosjean or Red Bull’s Mark Webber might emerge victorious from a tactical race in Japan on Sunday, but in the end it was Sebastian Vettel who took his ninth success of the season – and fifth in a row – after a finely judged two-stop race. But the result was not enough to clinch the drivers’ championship for Vettel as Fernando Alonso’s fourth place for Ferrari leaves him 90 points adrift with 100 still up for grabs in the final four races.


Car 1 SEBASTIAN VETTEL, Finish Position: WINNER, Start Position: 2nd
“A very rewarding win today; it’s a great feeling. I love this track and it’s just fantastic to win here. It was a horrible start to be honest; we found ourselves sitting in third place and then tried to go longer in the first stint. I had great traction after I got past Romain and after that the only threat was Mark who got stuck behind Romain. We could then manage the gap until the end of the race. The Championship is the big target of course, but the season is very long still and the best way to wrap it up is not to think about it. I’m happy to go home for a bit now and to relax before we go out to India. That’s an impressive country and I’m looking forward to racing there in a couple of weeks.”

Car 2 MARK WEBBER, Finish Position: 2nd, Start Position: 1st
“We were on the back foot a bit after Romain’s great start. I wanted to put pressure on him for the win. Sebastian was on a different strategy to me and in the end it worked out pretty similar. It’s hard to know which was right (a two or three stop strategy), as we were trying to cover off Romain. I did my best and in the end it was a good result.”

CHRISTIAN HORNER, Team Principal: “A massive result for the team to achieve a one two in Japan. It was an exciting race that was dictated by the tyre strategy. We split the strategies between a three-stop for Mark and a two-stop for Seb, based on the expected tyre lives on the two cars. Both drivers managed to make it work to navigate their way past Romain Grosjean, in particularly brave moves down into Turn one. A great result for the Team and both Championships and congratulations to Renault for another one-two-three finish on the podium.”

THIERRY SALVI, Renault: “A perfect result for Renault today, and great to see us up there represented on the podium. We split strategies today for Mark and Seb and got a 1-2, which is of course good news for the Championship. However there are still four races to go so we’ll remain focused on the job in hand.”


Overall Standings

1 Sebastian Vettel, German, Red Bull Racing-Renault, Points 297

2 Fernando Alonso, Spanish, Ferrari, Points 207

3 Kimi Räikkönen, Finnish, Lotus-Renault, Points 177

4 Lewis Hamilton, British, Mercedes , Points 161

5 Mark Webber, Australian, Red Bull Racing-Renault, Points 148