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Japan Grand Prix – Race Results

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Sebastian Vettel clinched his fifth consecutive Formula 1 victory as differing strategies produced a thrilling climax to the Japanese Grand Prix.

Polesitter Mark Webber passed Romain Grosjean late on to secure a Red Bull one-two, but fell seven seconds short of denying Vettel and securing what would have been a first victory of his farewell F1 campaign.

Classified:                                                     

Pos  Driver        Team                          Time  
 1.  Vettel         Red Bull-Renault        1h37.410s           
 2.  Webber         Red Bull-Renault            +7.1s           
 3.  Grosjean       Lotus-Renault               +9.9s           
 4.  Alonso         Ferrari                    +45.6s           
 5.  Raikkonen      Lotus-Renault              +47.3s           
 6.  Hulkenberg     Sauber-Ferrari             +51.6s           
 7.  Gutierrez      Sauber-Ferrari           +1m11.6s           
 8.  Rosberg        Mercedes                 +1m12.0s           
 9.  Button         McLaren-Mercedes         +1m20.8s           
10.  Massa          Ferrari                  +1m29.2s           
11.  Di Resta       Force India-Mercedes     +1m38.5s           
12.  Vergne         Toro Rosso-Ferrari         +1 lap           
13.  Ricciardo      Toro Rosso-Ferrari         +1 lap           
14.  Sutil          Force India-Mercedes       +1 lap           
15.  Perez          McLaren-Mercedes           +1 lap           
16.  Maldonado      Williams-Renault           +1 lap           
17.  Bottas         Williams-Renault           +1 lap           
18.  Pic            Caterham-Renault           +1 lap           
19.  Chilton        Marussia-Cosworth          +1 lap           

Fastest lap: Mark Webber, 1m34.587s            

Not classified/retirements:                             

Driver        Team                         On lap      
Hamilton       Mercedes                         9               
van der Garde  Caterham-Renault                 0               
Bianchi        Marussia-Cosworth                0               

World Championship standings, round 15:                 

Drivers:                    Constructors:              
 1.  Vettel        297        1.  Red Bull-Renault          445 
 2.  Alonso        207        2.  Ferrari                   297 
 3.  Raikkonen     177        3.  Mercedes                  277 
 4.  Hamilton      151        4.  Lotus-Renault             264 
 5.  Webber        148        5.  McLaren-Mercedes           83 
 6.  Rosberg       126        6.  Force India-Mercedes       62 
 7.  Massa          90        7.  Sauber-Ferrari             55 
 8.  Grosjean       87        8.  Toro Rosso-Ferrari         31 
 9.  Button         60        9.  Williams-Renault            1 
10.  Hulkenberg     49                                          
11.  Di Resta       36                                          
12.  Sutil          26                                          
13.  Perez          23                                          
14.  Ricciardo      18                                          
15.  Vergne         13                                          
16.  Gutierrez       6                                          
17.  Maldonado       1

Lotus Team Quotes:

Romain Grosjean – 3rd: “Today was just a very, very good race. What a start! It was superb to go past both the Red Bulls like that and it’ll be one of my best memories of the year. The car was fantastic on the first set of tyres and we managed to pull away, but then the Red Bulls were able to reel us in later on. Ultimately, we were the only car to almost catch the bull. It’s been a great home race for my engineer; it’s always good to come to Japan and it’s really good to be back on the podium again.”

Kimi Raikkonen – 5th: “I had a very poor start. I left the line with wheelspin and lost a few places which wasn’t ideal, but I managed to gain places back later on in the race. After the final pit stop the car was working much better. It ran well in the last half of the race and I was very happy with it. It was a pretty normal race I would say. It’s difficult to overtake here so it’s good that we got some points. We did what we could.”

Eric Boullier – team principal: “It’s great to see such a good fight in the race and both our cars show so strongly. Once again, both drivers, our strategists and the pit crew performed brilliantly and we did the very best we could on track. We don’t have the pace to beat Red Bull, but today we showed them that we are nevertheless quite formidable whilst also underlining to Mercedes and Ferrari that we are a strong contender for the final four races of the season. We must say a big thanks to everyone at Enstone for the fantastic car we have in the E21. To see Romain leading the race was very satisfying and we hope to see that again very soon.”

Alan Permane – trackside operations director: “It was a great race for us and superb to see Romain leading for so much of it. We were the only team to take the fight to Red Bull; ultimately they were too quick for us but we took a strong and well deserved third place with Romain and a fighting fifth with Kimi. Romain made a fantastic start and we had enough in hand in the first stint to be able to pit a lap later than Mark, but they started to catch us on the medium tyres and Sebastian was able to catch and pass reasonably easily with their superior pace. It’s a great feeling to show so strongly at Suzuka.”

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