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Japanese Grand Prix as it happened

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By Sam Sheringham

0915: Still a few sour grapes at McLaren then over Vettel's start, but I don't think there's a single person in the entire F1 circus who would deny that Sebastian Vettel is a worthy world champion. It's frightening to think just how many titles the German could go on to win. A tremendous performance from Vettel all year round and a tremendous effort from you lot too with all your texts and tweets. I'm going to love you and leave you but we'll be back on Friday with coverage of practice from Korea. Until then, all the very best.

McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh on Vettel's move at the start: "I think it was a fairly testy effort really. Jenson [Button] made a good launch and had he not been driven off the road, he could have got by. I think this added to his desire to win this race."

Lewis Hamilton: "I had a bit of a shocking race to be honest - but Jenson [Button] did a fantastic job which is great for the team. Congratulations to Sebastian [Vettel] too - we knew it was coming but he's had a perfect season. Personally, I just need to keep my head up and keep working hard. I think we have a better car now - Jenson has just shown that with a remarkable race - but I just didn't have any grip, I need to find some pace from somewhere."

Sebastian Vettel: "It's difficult where to start. It's such a long year and a fantastic year and the good thing is it's not over yet. Today's race we weren't as quick on the soft tyres and we lost two positions. It was difficult to get past Alonso and I don't think he's letting me through this way twice after Monza. To win the championship here is fantastic. There are so many things you want to say but it's hard to remember all of them. I'm so thankful to everyone in the team, pushing hard to build those two cars. It's great to achieve the goal we set ourselves this year already now. One person that really stands out this yaer is the person I spend most of my time with my trainer Tommi Parmakoski. He was the one not allowing me at any stage this year to start to think about things that were not in my control. It's great to know that it is so tight but to know that we can come so strong out of it. This year we've always been this one step ahead. It's down to people like Tommi and individuals who keep us on the right track."

0904: Let's hear from the world champion himself, who paid special tribute to his Finnish personal trainer Tommi Parmakoski...

Fernando Alonso: "Congratulations to Sebastian. It was a fun race from the start, there was a lot of tyre degradation, we picked the right place to stop and we had the pace today to fight with Red bull and McLaren. It's good for the team that we came back to a good level here. It means a lot for next year too."

Jenson Button: "This circuit is very special to all of us so to get a victory here in front of this Japanese crowd means a lot. This gives us a lot of motivation. To see three cars in a few seconds shows how competitive F1 is right now."

0857: Just to confirm that at 24 years and 99 days Vettel is also the youngest double-champion in F1 history. He has beaten the record previously held by Fernando Alonso, who triumphed with Renault in 2005 and 2006, by just under a year. Vettel is now 114 points clear of Button, with only 100 available from the remaining races in Korea next Sunday, India, Abu Dhabi and Brazil.

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner on Vettel's start: "He covered the inside. He squeezed him (Button). It was about fair. He wanted to win the race. Jenson did the prudent thing and backed off. We looked at the replay a couple of times and thought it was OK. Of course Jenson was going to make a fuss of it. He wanted him to get a penalty. That's all part of the gamesmanship."

DanielKelly84 on Twitter: "I think Vettel has been fighting the pressure all weekend. Could see it on his face. Relief is the emotion I sense in his voice."

BBC F1 commentator Martin Brundle: "Jenson Button is the star of this particular day. What a race. What a victory."

0846: It's all smiles again on the podium as the three drivers receive their trophies, with Vettel staying behind to milk the applause from the crowd. Eddie Jordan says the race couldn't have been scripted better, with plenty of "intrigue and in-house fighting."

iancourtracing on Twitter: "Congratulations Sebastian Vettel..... Without doubt the best world championship defence we've ever seen, thoroughly deserving."

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner: "It's unbelievable. It was a good race. We would have loved to win it but Sebastian is world champion. He's driven magnificently and thoroughly deserves it. It's just been a wonderful year and Seb can be proud of what he's achieved. Just phenomenal."

0843: Button hugs Vettel before engaging in a spat over what happened at the start of the race when the German forced him onto the grass. "Didn't you see me," asked Jenson. He clearly wanted to make a point there. They are on the podium now and God Save the Queen is playing.

BBC 5 live commentator David Croft on Sebastian Vettel's title win: "If you see him, buy him a drink and make it a double because he's the youngest double world champion."

0838: Vettel sounds like his is fighting back the tears as he thanks his team over the in-car radio. What a great race.

0836: Vettel finishes third and become the youngest two-time world champion in Formula 1 history.

SEBASTIAN VETTEL IS THE 2011 WORLD CHAMPION

Chequered flag
JENSON BUTTON WINS THE JAPANESE GRAND PRIX

Lap 52: Button's team inform him that he is out of the DRS danger zone. He's flying now and Alonso's chance has probably gone. Button sets a new fastest lap with a 1:36.5.

Lap 51: "It's an absolute belter," says Coulthard as Button gives himself a bit of breathing space with a rapid first sector, then the fastest middle sector of the entire grand prix. Brilliant stuff from the McLaren.

Lap 50: Alonso gains another 0.5 seconds on BUtton to close to 1.5 secs. Vettel seems pretty happy with third place. Just seen Red Bull boss Christian Horner, his feet shaking under the desk.

Mark Webber is told by his engineer Ciaron Pilbeam: "Vettel ahead has been told not to take any risks with Alonso,. You should do the same. BBC F1 commentator Martin Brundle says: "That means don't take any risks with Vettel, in other words, 'Hold position.'"

Martin Brundle on BBC One: "This is far from over with five laps left - Alonso is catching Button by the second…"

Lap 48: Hamilton's troubles continue. He is fifth but slowing down. Alonso is still closing on Button , with Vettel not far back. We could be in for a sensational finish.

David Coulthard on BBC One: "Sebastian Vettel only needs a point from this race - but he is a competitor and he wants to eke every single point and position out of today as he possibly can."

Lap 47: Button's lead is down to 3.7 seconds after Alonso gains 1.1 secs in a single lap. "A wake-up call," says Martin Brundle. Schumacher is sixth now and fading.

BBC 5 live analyst Anthony Davidson: "Vettel has given it a good go and tried extremely hard to get past but I think he knows this race is over in terms of the race win and he just wants to collect the title and move on to the next race."

Lap 45: Vettel shakes his fist at a back-marker who is holding up his charge. A clear sign that he is getting emotional? Sutil overtakes Kobayashi to go ninth. Petrov passes Di Resta for 11th.

BBC F1 commentator Martin Brundle: "With Button in the lead, where he needs to be, there is no point in Vettel risking sliding out of this race trying to pass Fernando Alonso."

Lap 44: Button looks to have a cruise to the finish now with Vettel being held up by Alonso behind him.

Lap 43: The camera is showing us the view from Alonso's rear view mirror and there is a man in a Red Bull car right behind him who is 10 laps away from the world championship. He doesn't need to take the risk, does he?

David Coulthard on BBC One: "That was an important pass by Lewis [Hamilton] on Nico Rosberg because it keeps his gap to race leader Michael Schumacher at 18 seconds - and 20 seconds or more would allow Schumacher to emerge ahead of the McLaren from the pits."

Lap 41: Vettel is having a good look at Alonso here as Hamilton uses the DRS over-taking aid to pass Rosberg and move into sixth. Button is all over Schumacher now and the German decides to pit. Looking very good for Jenson BUtton now.

Lap 40: This is the first time Schuey has led a race since the Japanese GP in 2006. Will he look try to finish on the same tyres? Perez passes Maldonado for 11th place.

Lap 39: Race postions all a bit misleading at the moment, with Michael Schumacher currently in the lead, but he has only had two stops. Button is second and Alonso third.

Lap 38: Vettel is told by his team to try to get to the end of the race on his same tyres. Hamilton is all over Massa again ... and he pulls off a clean pass to go seventh!

Lap 36: Vettel is moving up the leaderboard. Hamilton pits for the third time. Button follows suit, as does Massa.

Lap 34: Vettel is in the pits again and he comes back out behind Rosberg in 11th place - technically out of the points. So if the race were to finish now, the title race would go on to Korea.

Lap 33: Di Resta going well - he's ninth at the moment as Button extends his lead to 2.8 seconds. Massa's radio informs him that Hamilton is closing on him. I'd be amazed if he wasn't well aware of that fact.

Lap 31: Nico Rosberg is flying out there. He started in 23rd place remember. He's now 11th. Still incredibly tight between the top six. This could well be decided by the pit stop times.

Lap 30: Very tight for third between Alonso, Webber and Massa and the Australian has his sights set on overtaking Alonso. Button sets another fastest lap to extend him lead over Vettel. Hamilton improving too.

Toro Rosso's Sebastien Buemi who retired from the race on lap 12: "I basically lost a wheel and there was no point trying to come back to the pits. I had a fantastic start and passed four cars so it's a shame. The pit stop was quick but the tyre was not fitted properly."

Lap 29: Hamilton is sixth at the moment by the way, looking to chase down Massa. Great stuff from Button since the re-start. He has increased his lead over Vettel by half a second already. By the way, Red Bull are insisting that Webber-Schumacher collision happened BEFORE the safety car was out.

Lap 28: The safety car is coming in... as news comes through that there will be no action following that Lewis Hamilton-Felipe Massa incident.

Lap 27: TV replays show a collision between Mark Webber and Michael Schumacher, the Red Bull catching the seven-time world champion's left-rear wheel - and it would appear that occured under safety car conditions. Strange.

Martin Brundle on BBC One: "If Lewis [Hamilton] gets a penalty for that I can see him coming in, getting out of his car and going home."

CandiceLucinda on Twitter: "If Lewis [Hamilton] gets penalised for that then F1 is an absolute joke! How could you penalise him but not [Sebastian] Vettel, that wouldn't be fair!"

Lap 26: Lots of drivers pitting while the safety car is out. Keystone Kops stuff as the stewards make a meal of removing Massa's end plate from the track. And we are hearing that the stewards are investigating the Hamilton-Massa incident.

BBC 5 live analyst Anthony Davidson: "It is interesting watching this race unfold. It seems to me that Jenson Button, Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa are the best at saving their tyres. They're doing a great job. Lewis Hamilton looks to be struggling."

Lap 25: SAFETY CAR. We think it may because of that piece of Massa's wing on the track. This is the third year running we have had a safety car in Japan.

David Coulthard on BBC One: "Is that a penalty for crowding a car? I don't think Lewis [Hamilton] actually knew Felipe [Massa] was there… but he was…"


Lap 23: Button leads now because Massa has gone into the pits, but Vettel is right behind him, on the chase.

Lap 22: HAMILTON AND MASSA CLASH AGAIN! Looked like Lewis was a bit naughty again there, closing the door on the Ferrari. And I think a piece of Massa's front wing flew off his car there. Hamilton pits.

BBC F1 co-commentator David Coulthard: "This is great stuff. We've got the top five all running together with no more than 2.5 seconds between any of them."


Lap 21: Button is in the pits now - AND HE COMES OUT AHEAD OF VETTEL! Great work from the McLaren boys.

Lap 19: Button is only half a second behind Vettel. And the German is going into the pits now, so Button has the lead. Webber in the pits too, so it looks like a four-stop strategy for the Red Bulls. Hamilton still just ahead of Massa.

Lap 17: Interesting battle developing between Massa and Hamilton for fourth. Those two are great friends remember. Hamilton is struggling and just doesn't seem to be able to get his tyres to last as long as Button.

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Andy from Wrexham via text: "Makes me wonder if Hamilton had done that manoeuvre at the start that Vettel did, would he have been given a drive through? He's been, at times, unfairly treated by the stewards.

Lap 15: Schumacher is told his front tyres are heavily blistered and he needs to look after them. The top six are running nose-to-tail at the moment. Cagey stuff.

kevinnjackson on Twitter: "Brave for Vettel to risk the wrath of the stewards with that move on Button, but he is racing for the World Championship."

Lap 14: Vettel is already lapping the HRT back-markers but seems to be maintaining the gap on Button for the moment. Further back, Schumacher overtakes Petrov to move into seventh.

Martin Brundle on BBC One: "As expected, it's a hive of activity in and out of the pits. It's thermal degradation on these tyres - they're overheating rather than just wearing out. Let me assure you, though, if you had normal road tyres on these cars on this track they would last approximately three corners."

Lap 13: Button sets a new fastest lap and is now 2.5 seconds behind Vettel. Just 5.4 seconds separating the top four.

Lap 12: All the leaders have pitted now, so we are back as we were with Vettel leading from Button, Alonso and Hamilton. And we have our first retirement as Sebastien Buemi's wheel falls off. Dodgy pit stop? Fire the mechanic.

professor_dave on Twitter: "Vettel goes unpunished for driving Button right off the road in Japan. It's definitely Sebastian's year!"

Lap 10: Button is the leader now then, he needs to put that lap one incident out of his mind. But he's coming into the pits, as is Alonso. That means Massa is leading for now.

Lap nine: Learning that Hamilton has a right rear tyre puncture. Good news for Button, who is now released to chase down Button. Vettel is coming into the pits. Alonso is flying out there, closing in on Button.

Lap eight: Blunder from Hamilton and Button goes past him at Spoon. HAMILTON HAS A PROBLEM AND IS COMING INTO THE PITS.

Lap eight: The stewards will take no further action on the Vettel-Button incident.

Lap seven: So, Vettel leads from Button and Hamilton, as Barrichello cruises past his Williams team-mate Pastor Maldonado to take 13th.

Lap six: Alonso passes Massa into turn one to go fourth. Like taking candy from a baby for the Spaniard against his team-mate.

Lap four: Nico Rosberg is up to 19th from 23rd. The Team Lotus boys have started well too, in 16th and 17th.

BBC 5 live analyst Anthony Davidson: "I really don't think that was necessary from Vettel at the start. I think he could have held him off without that super-aggressive move but I think he'll just about get away with this one."

David Coulthard on BBC One: "It's unfortunate for Jenson [Button] but I would be surprised if the race stewards penalised Sebastian [Vettel] for that."


Lap three: Kobayashi lost four places at the start of his home grand prix and is now 12th. Already daylight between Vettel and Hamilton.

Lap one: Just seen a replay of the start. Button got the better start and looked to be overtaking the Red Bull but Vettel cut across him and forced him off the track, allowing Hamilton to get by on the other side. "He's got to get a penalty for that," screams Button over his radio and we here that the incident is being investigated by the stewards.

Lap one: Sizzling stuff. Vettel and Button almost clash and Button is forced on to the grass. That allows Hamilton to sneak through into second.

0703: Go, go, go. We're off.

0702: The usual zig-zags as the drivers warm up their tyres. The race is 53 laps. Here we go...

The sun is out
0658: Some fantastic aerials of the figure-of-eight circuit at Suzuka, which is bathed in bright sunshine. Brundle thinks Button and Vettel look tense. Formation lap imminent.

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Ishkeerat on Twitter: "Woke up early for the Japanese Grand Prix to find my Dad already awake watching the Rugby! Luckily he's switched over, so excited!"

0654: Martin Brundle on BBC One is taking us through a lap of the track. I'm absolutely loving the 130R 190mph bend. We're watching the qualifying laps of Vettel and Button with the Briton faster right into the final chicane where Vettel took more kerb and got a better exit.

McLaren driver Jenson Button who starts second: "I don't think the inside is best place to be because it's a bit dirtier but we'll make the best of what we have. Our starts have been good lately and if we continue that we should have good chance into Turn One. I had a good run on Vettel from third in Singapore but it wasn't a long enough straight to have a go at him."

0650: A tuneful blast from the Fukushima girls' choir and some screams from the Kamui Kobayashi fan club. We are 10 minutes away.

Sebastian Vettel, asked if today is 'the day': "I don't know - I hope so! We're here for glory today. We're not here to finish 10th, that's not our target today. I think McLaren have a very strong race pace, and don't forget Ferrari either. [But] it will be a very long race and we have seen that tyres will play the biggest role in the race - let's see who looks after them best."

BBC Sport's Sarah Holt in Suzuka: "A final dash through the paddock, and girlfriends and loved ones are taking their places in the back of the garages and hospitality areas. At media HQ a man with a microphone gives special instructions to the assembled contingent in case Sebastian Vettel seals the title today. Vettel is a bit of a whiz at Suzuka, taking pole three times and winning here for the last two years. So can anyone stop him today? Well, how the leading drivers manage their tyres will be key to the race. The soft tyres are heating up and losing performance after between 10 and 12 laps but they give drivers about half a second extra time per lap over the prime compound. Nico Rosberg has managed to save three sets of new soft tyres as he aims to boost his Mercedes into the points from 23rd on the grid."

0643: Once we're off folks, don't forget to make use of our super-cool driver tracker facility. You'll find it in the bottom panel of the video console at the top of this page.

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Rodrigo via text: "Good morning guys, I don't care about the title run, all I'm keen to see is Massa vs Hamilton battle. These 2 guys are the reason why I developed this huge interest in F1...so much that I'm up at 6am! Here's to a memorable Suzuka GP."

0638: Martin Brundle's grid walk gets off to an inauspicious start as he approaches a Japanese choir singer and fires a couple of questions only to receive a reply in fluent Japanese!

Nico Rosberg: "It was not ideal yesterday, obviously, the car broke down and couldn't be repaired in time. So I start second to last. But I'll give it my best and I'm convinced I can finish in the points. I've seen this year that it's possible to do really well from the back and I will have new tyres so I'll be quicker than the rest out there. It will be more difficult on this track, though, because to overtake here is a lot harder."

0635: Mercedes man Nico Rosberg has a tough task ahead. He'll be starting from 23rd on the gird after a hydraulics failure prevented him from setting a qualifying time. Here's the latest from the horse's mouth...

0633: Jenson Button is an absolute hero in Japan by the way, largely due to his relationship with Japanese-born model Jessica Michibata. He is wearing a specially-designed helmet for this race, which will be auctioned off to raise money for the Japanese earthquake appeal.

BBC Sport's Sarah Holt in Suzuka: "Jenson Button hasn't seemed that comfortable discussing his new multi-year contract with McLaren, which is believed to be a two-year deal plus an option for a third season. But the 31-year-old told the BBC in an interview which will be shown during the BBC One programme: 'I don't think this will be my last contract. I still think there's more to come.' The 2009 champion had been linked with a move to Ferrari and on that subject he said: 'You always want to know what your options are. I'm not silly and there is always a lot of speculation but you always try and find out what your options are. But for me staying here is the best option for my future. I've never looked for the easy way to a quick buck. I want to work together with a team to fight for a world championship. I don't think we're at our best yet and we are working towards greater things.'"

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner: "We didn't expect pole because the McLarens looked very strong so it was going to need something special from Seb. He produced the most awesome of laps and got pole by the smallest of margins which is why there was jubilation on the pit wall."

0621: You are a mischievous bunch. Lots of you asking what McLaren will do if Vettel crashes out and Hamilton is leading Button in the closing stages. Does he have to let him through? McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh is asked that very question. "Let them race," he replies with a sneaky grin.

BBC Sport pit-lane reporter Lee McKenzie: "As darkness fell on the circuit last night you would imagine that the seats would have emptied and the fans would be back at home, but not in Japan. The grandstand was packed with fans hoping for a glimpse of local hero Kamui Kobayashi, and they weren't disappointed. The Sauber driver went out to the stands to see them and in return they politely clapped and cheered. As that was happening, the haunting sounds of the girls' choir from Fukushima were ringing out as they rehearsed the national anthem for today's race. Kamui has brought the choir down from the area affected by March's earthquake and tsunami and where the nuclear plant is that went into meltdown. It was very emotional as we sat on the grid listening to them practice.'"

BBC F1 co-commentator David Coulthard: From a driving point of view, this track is unique; I love racing here. It's part of the history of Formula 1. Some of the greats of the sport have won the world title here and I think this is the rightful place for Sebastian Vettel to win the world championship after an incredible year."


0612: The BBC boys are purring over Vettel and his potential to usurp Schumacher as the sport's most successful driver. In the 20 grands prix since he finished 15th in Belgium last year, Vettel has won 12, finished on the podium 17 times and has taken 14 pole positions. Formidable.

BBC Sport's Andrew Benson: "There was some confusion after qualifying on Saturday about grid positions, after Michael Schumacher, Kamui Kobayashi and the two Renaults all failed to set times in the top-10 shoot-out. Initially, Schumacher was classified ahead of the Sauber driver, but the Swiss team pointed to article 36.2 of the sporting regulations which defines the methodology in such situations. Because Kobayashi had started a lap (even though he did not finish it) that meant he was moved up to seventh ahead of the other three, who did not. Schumacher, Bruno Senna and Vitaly Petrov were then classified in car-number order."

BBC Sport's Sarah Holt in Suzuka: "Qualifying provided another interesting talking point in the paddock after both Renaults, Michael Schumacher's Mercedes and Sauber's Kamui Kobayashi failed to go out and set a meaningful lap in the final phase. Kobayashi ended up being promoted from 10th to seventh as a result of one of the quirks of the rules of qualifying because he appeared to start an attempt at a hot lap, even though the team said he had no intention of completing it. The main reason teams are not running in qualifying is to protect their tyres for the race, but the practice is leading to lots of complaints. Ferrari boss Stefano Domenicali said: 'It shows something is not right in the way qualifying is run and we should give it some careful thought for the future because I don't think it's such a good thing for the spectators.' The word here, however, is that the powers that be don't see a problem with the practice and have no plans to introduce a ruling to stop teams continuing to do it."

0600: The Chain by Fleetwood Mac is blaring through my headphones and that can mean only one thing. BBC One are on air, we are one hour away from the start of the race. Jake, Coulthard and Eddie Jordan are chomping on some noodles and reminiscing over Suzuka grand prix of yesteryear.

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Jackmegawphoto on Twitter: "With the way the teams have been saving tyres I'm betting on a Montreal repeat - Button win with Vettel's tyres going away...."

BBC Sport's Sarah Holt in Suzuka: "Jenson Button has a good chance of running Vettel hard in Japan as he starts alongside him on the front row. 'Seb is going to clinch the title but our aim is to beat him in the race,' said Button, who has never won here. 'The first few laps will be finding our feet with the tyres and understanding what our balance is like. We've made the right choice in terms of wing and working out whether the degradation is going to be as bad as Friday or better. It's not going to be a straightforward race. Our aim is to get into the lead as soon as possible into Turn One so we'll give that a go and if it doesn't work then hopefully we'll have another opportunity during the race.'"

Sebastian Vettel

Highlights - Japanese GP qualifying

0550: A quick reminder of how things panned out over the last couple of days. Jenson Button was quickest in all three practice sessions but was pipped to pole position by Vettel by by just 0.009 seconds. Lewis Hamilton was the fastest in Q2 and looked primed to deny Red Bull pole for the first time this season before a schoolboy lapse of concentration meant he ran out of time and didn't have time to post a flying lap.


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The sun is out
BBC Sport's Sarah Holt in Suzuka: "Hello again. It's another beautiful day in Suzuka city but it's not only the glorious weather here that's worth getting up for. Team BBC arrived at the circuit six hours before the start of the race to prepare for what should be a championship-winning day for Sebastian Vettel. We weren't the only ones here bright and early. Each day fans have lined the roads around the circuit to warmly welcome the Formula 1 community back to Japan as the country continues its recovery from the after-effects of a devastating tsunami and earthquake seven months ago. Many of them held banners saying 'Thank you for coming back to Japan'. Today should be a day of celebration for F1 and Japan as Vettel is on target to follow Nelson Piquet, Ayrton Senna, Alain Prost, Damon Hill, Mika Hakkinen and Michael Schumacher as the next man to be crowned world champion in Japan."

0535: A warm welcome wherever you are to our live coverage of the Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka. I'm sure you all know the formula but here it is in a nutshell. Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel needs just a single point from today's race to become the youngest two-time champion in F1 history. In the unlikely event of Vettel failing to score, Jenson Button would need to win to keep the championship alive for another week. At 24 years, three months and six days, Vettel is also looking to become the sport's youngest back-to-back champion, while a third victory at Suzuka that would place him behind only Michael Schumacher (six wins) as the most successful driver at one of F1's toughest circuits.

0530: Dust off the thesaurus and start looking up those superlatives. A man named Seb in a fast car is on the brink of something very, very special.





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Results

After 67 of 67 laps
Position Driver Team

Race completed. Best Lap: L Hamilton 1:19.908 on Lap 53

1 Germany N Rosberg Mercedes
2 Finland V Bottas Williams
3 Great Britain L Hamilton Mercedes
4 Germany S Vettel Red Bull
5 Spain F Alonso Ferrari
6 Australia D Ricciardo Red Bull
7 Germany N Hulkenberg Force India
8 Great Britain J Button McLaren
9 Denmark K Magnussen McLaren
10 Mexico S Perez Force India
11 Finland K Raikkonen Ferrari
12 Venezuela P Maldonado Lotus
13 France J Vergne Toro Rosso
14 Mexico E Gutierrez Sauber
15 France J Bianchi Marussia
16 Japan K Kobayashi Caterham
17 Great Britain M Chilton Marussia
18 Sweden M Ericsson Caterham
19 Germany A Sutil (ret.) Sauber
20 Russia D Kvyat (ret.) Toro Rosso
21 France R Grosjean (ret.) Lotus
22 Brazil F Massa Williams

Formula 1 World Championship 2014

Position Driver Team Pts
1 Germany N Rosberg Mercedes 190
2 Great Britain L Hamilton Mercedes 176
3 Australia D Ricciardo Red Bull 106
4 Spain F Alonso Ferrari 97
5 Finland V Bottas Williams 91
6 Germany S Vettel Red Bull 82
7 Germany N Hulkenberg Force India 69
8 Great Britain J Button McLaren 59
9 Denmark K Magnussen McLaren 37
10 Brazil F Massa Williams 30
11 Mexico S Perez Force India 29
12 Finland K Raikkonen Ferrari 19
13 France J Vergne Toro Rosso 9
14 France R Grosjean Lotus 8
15 Russia D Kvyat Toro Rosso 6
16 France J Bianchi Marussia 2
17 Germany A Sutil Sauber 0
18 Sweden M Ericsson Caterham 0
19 Venezuela P Maldonado Lotus 0
20 Mexico E Gutierrez Sauber 0
21 Great Britain M Chilton Marussia 0
22 Japan K Kobayashi Caterham 0

Points projected from latest race positions



see also
Vettel takes crown as Button wins
09 Oct 11 |  Formula 1
Vettel beats Button to Japan pole
08 Oct 11 |  Formula One
Hamilton accepts blame for error
08 Oct 11 |  Formula One
Button fastest as Vettel crashes
07 Oct 11 |  Formula One
Button commits future to McLaren
06 Oct 11 |  Formula One
I'm not giving up, says Hamilton
06 Oct 11 |  Formula One
Vettel plays down his domination
06 Oct 11 |  Formula One
Massa angry at Hamilton incidents
25 Sep 11 |  Formula One


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