Japanese GP 2010: Vettel Wins Japanese Grand Prix As Title Stays Wide Open
Sebastian Vettel took the flag and the full 25 points in a thrilling Japanese Grand Prix from Suzuka. The Red Bull driver led his team mate, Mark Webber over the line.
Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso finished in 3rd.
There was carnage before the start of the race today, when on the way to the dummy grid Lucas di Grassi lost control of his Virgin and smashed into the wall at the 130R. The Brazilian got out of the wrecked VR01 unscathed, but his chances of retaining that race seat for next year are looking slimmer. A shame for the Brazilian as he had enjoyed a good weekend, out qualifying Timo Glock.
The start of the real race wasn’t much better either, a charging Vitaly Petrov cut across the front of Nico Hulkenburg and smashed into the wall in front of the main grandstand. He was out, along with the Williams driver whose car had multiple bits of large damage.
Felipe Massa got caught up in the action too, he went too hot into turn 1, and ended up on the grass. Out of control he slammed straight into Vitantonio Liuzzi’s Force India, wrecking the Mercedes engined machine and knocking them both out of the race.
A safety car was called for due to all the carnage. There was more excitement when that was out as Robert Kubica’s Renault decided to part company with its rear right tyre as he approached the hairpin, the Pole retiring from the race after just a handful of laps. A shame for the Enstone based team, as he had been running in 2nd.
From there on though, the action did slow a little. Red Bull really ran away with the race at the front, with Fernando Alonso clinging on to third place for dear life.
Jenson Button decided to start on the harder prime tyre and ran longer, allowing him a 10 lap or so opportunity to lead the Grand Prix. When he emerged from the pitlane he was behind team mate Lewis Hamilton down in 5th. Hamilton had been racing forward to try and catch Fernando Alonso after his pitstop, but he couldn’t make it and would have to settle for 4th on a poor weekend for the 2008 champion.
Further down field, Michael Schumacher was having a heck of a good Grand Prix. Having already pulled a lovely overtake on former team mate Rubens Barrichello, the Silver Baron as he is now known, was hassling team mate Rosberg. He really tried to get passed, some lovely slipstreaming and racing for many laps. A hint of the Michael of old there, perhaps he is beginning to find form – hopefully he can carry it through to 2011. Sadly though the fight between Rosberg and Schumacher was cut short when Rosberg smashed into the barriers on the Esses.
Home favourite Kamui Kobayashi had a GP to remember too, passing people left right and centre. He eventually finished 7th, with some questionable barging and slipstreaming moves. I think he had been playing F1 2010 on the Xbox before getting in the car today!
So as Vettel took the flag, the championship fight remains wide open. Its Webber’s to lose now, as we head into the final 3 rounds of the year. Hopefully, Korea’s circuit will be finished by the time the circus arrives in 2 weeks…
|1||S. Vettel||Red Bull Renault||126.96.36.1993|
|2||M. Webber||Red Bull Renault||+0.905|
|4||L. Hamilton||McLaren Mercedes||+13.522|
|5||J. Button||McLaren Mercedes||+39.595|
|7||K. Kobayashi||Sauber Ferrari||+1.04.038|
|8||N. Heidfeld||Sauber Ferrari||+1.09.648|
|9||R. Barrichello||Williams Cosworth||+1.10.846|
|10||S. Buemi||Toro Rosso Ferrari||+1.12.806|
|11||J. Alguersuari||Toro Rosso Ferrari||+1 lap|
|12||H. Kovalainen||Lotus Cosworth||+1 lap|
|13||J. Trulli||Lotus Cosworth||+2 laps|
|14||T. Glock||Virgin Cosworth||+2 laps|
|15||B. Senna||HRT Cosworth||+2 laps|
|16||S. Yamamoto||HRT Cosworth||+3 laps|
|A Sutil||Force India Mercedes||45||Engine Failure|
|R. Kubica||Renault||4||Rear Tyre Failure|
|N. Hulkenberg||Williams Cosworth||0||Crash|
|V. Liuzzi||Force India Mercedes||0||Crash|
|L. di Grassi||Virgin Cosworth||0||Crash – Pre Race|
This entry was posted on October 10, 2010 by f1fanatics. It was filed under 2010 Race Weekends, F1 News and was tagged with 2010 F1 Championship, 2010 Japanese Grand Prix, Felipe Massa, Fernando Alonso, Japanese Grand Prix, Jenson Button, Lewis Hamilton, Lucas Di Grassi, Mark Webber, Michael Schumacher, Nico Rosberg, Robert Kubica, Sebastian Vettel, Suzuka, Tonio Liuzzi.