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Sunday, 13 October 2013 14:22

Sebastian Vettel wins the Japanese GP

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Sebastian Vettel has won the Japanese GP and will most likely confirm his fourth Drivers’ World Championship title in New Delhi India at the end of the month.

The Red Bull driver has a 90 point lead on his nearest rival, Fernando Alonso from the Ferrari Team, and with only 100 points still left to be be won, there are no free bets in guessing the fate of the Championship at the end of the season. Just so that it is clear, Sebastian only needs to finish in the first five in New Delhi, and can also lift the title if Fernando Alonso does not earn more than 10 points more than him.

The start of the race was Red Bull, with Mark Webber in pole position and Sebastian second on the grid. However, this all changed as Grosjean jumped into the lead from the start, with Vettel back in third place. The race was filled with incident from the very start as Hamilton touched Vettel’s front wing, which caused a tyre puncture to the Mercedes and led to Hamilton retiring from the race.

The Red Bull tactics for the race was sound from the start. Grosjean did lead from the start, but the Red Bull drivers were instructed to look after their tyres and not aggressively pursue the race leader early on in the race. When Grosjean completed his second pit stop at lap 29, Vettel stayed out and did not pit until eight laps later. The strategy meant that after the Red Bull pit stop, Vettel was just over two seconds behind the leader and had the pace with newer tyres to take the lead three laps later!

Mark Webber would have expected better as he did start in pole position, but in the last stages of the race found it difficult to pass Grosjean and when the Australian finally got passed the Lotus, did not have enough time to challenge Sebastian Vettel for the lead. Vettel was obviously ecstatic after the race, especially after the start he had and the damage to the front wing. Fernando Alonso finished in fourth place, Grosjean got third place, with Mark Webber coming in second.