F1: Vettel claims Suzuka


It was the top-spot of the podium for Sebastian Vettel at the 2010 Japanese Grand Prix. Vettel's Red Bull Racing team-mate Mark Webber took second place which was enough to extend his championship lead by 14 points. Fernando Alonso took third place for Ferrari. Both Vettel and Alonso are currently joint second in the championship.

It was another spanner in the works for McLaren in the title race, with Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton only managing a fourth and fifth place finish, with Lewis' race being scuppered by the fact that his car lost third gear.

Action on track began even before the race started. Lucas di Grassi managed to crash his Virgin Racing car even before the race started at 130R. And once the race was underway, Vitaly Petrov and Nico Hulkenberg managed to clip each other, slamming into the barriers. Felipe Massa took to the grass in his Ferrari, slamming into Vitantonio Liuzzi's Force India. This brought the safety car out on track - Robert Kubica's Renault managed to lose a wheel while following the safety car around, putting him out of podium contention.

At the restart of the race it was Vettel and Webber at the head of the grid, with Fernando Alonso in third.

Michael Schumacher had one of his strongest races of the year, finishing sixth behind Lewis Hamilton. While the German looked set for a seventh-place finish, his team-mate Nico Rosberg was out of the race after losing a wheel and crashing out at the S curves with only five laps remaining in the race.

Championship standings

Mark Webber      220

Fernando Alonso     206

Sebastian Vettel     206

Lewis Hamilton     192

Jenson Button     189

Felipe Massa     128

Nico Rosberg     122

Robert Kubica     114

Michael Schumacher 54

Adrian Sutil     47