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Vettel wins Japanese GP

 

Sebastian Vettel cruised to Japanese Grand Prix victory in a Red Bull one-two with Mark Webber

German driver Vettel led from pole and took the chequered flag just 0.9 seconds ahead of Australia's Webber.

"I'm really, really happy and it's about time," said Vettel, after claiming his first win since Valencia in June.

Ferrari's Fernando Alonso finished third, followed by McLaren's Jenson Button. Team mate Lewis Hamilton was fifth.

Webber now sits 14 points atop the Formula One championship leaderboard on 220 points with three races remaining. Alonso and Vettel have 206.

It was an eventful race, with wet weather forcing qualifying to be postponed to Sunday morning. The safety car was deployed for five laps after mayhem at the start.

Renault's Russian rookie Vitaly Petrov piled into the wall after colliding with Williams' Nico Hulkenberg, while Ferrari's Brazilian Felipe Massa tangled with Force India's Italian Vitantonio Liuzzi.

Stewards later handed Petrov a five-place penalty on the starting grid for his next race.

Behind the leaders, seven-times world champion Schumacher finished sixth after battling with Mercedes team mate Nico Rosberg, who crashed.

Sauber's Kamui Kobayashi was the big crowd pleaser, finishing seventh after a feisty drive that saw him bang wheels and muscle past a series of rivals from 14th on the grid.

Germany's Nick Heidfeld made it a double points finish for the Swiss-based team with Brazilian Rubens Barrichello ninth for Williams and Switzerland's Sebastien Buemi collecting the final point for Toro Rosso.

Finland's Heikki Kovalainen gave Lotus Racing their best finish yet in 12th place.

 


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