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11 October 2010 :: 13:10:06 pm 43659

Vettel Revels in Pole-to-Podium Victory at Japanese Grand Prix

Sebastian Vettel roared to victory at the Japanese Grand Prix on Sunday, a win that will be an ominous warning to his rivals and auspicious for his Formula One Championship hopes.
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Japan, the 10th of October 2010: Winning the Suzuka Grand Prix for the second consecutive year, Vettel hopes that his fortunes regarding the championship title are a little more forgiving this time around. Vettel finished second in the championship of 2009, behind Brit, Jenson Button.

Only two drivers have won successive races at the Japanese circuit, Finn Mika Hakkinen and Germany’s Michael Schumacher, both later went on to take the title.

Vettel won the race ahead of Australian teammate and championship leader Mark Webber, with Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso finishing in a close third. The McLaren pairing of Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton were fourth and fifth respectively, while Mercedes GP driver and F1 legend Michael Schumacher coming in sixth.

With the likes of Nico Rosberg, Robert Kubica, and Felipe Massa retired or left to limp round the course following several early incidents in the race, including a crash caused by Renault’s under-fire Russian driver Vitaly Petrov, BMW Sauber pairing Kamui Kobayashi and Nick Heidfeld finished in seventh and eighth place.

Williams veteran and former Ferrari driver Ruben Barrichello finished in ninth with Toro Rosso’s Swiss driver Sebastian Buemi rounding out the top ten and the points taking position in what was an entertaining Japanese Grand Prix.

Vettel’s win moves him into third place in the 2010 championship standings, mere 14-points behind leader Mark Webber and on level terms with Fernando Alonso, ahead in the standings on race victories (four wins to Vettel’s three).

The only other two drivers with a realistic, albeit slim chance of taking the 2010 championship are McLaren drivers Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button in fourth and fifth position respectively.

Speaking on his Sunday victory Vettel stated, “I am very proud. I love this circuit. It is always special to come here. The fans and I think the atmosphere for all of us is special. It 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.”

Reporter : Harry Roberts   Photo : Internet   Category : Sports News

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