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Vettel wins in Japan to edge nearer to fourth title
Sunday 13th October 2013, 11:08 by TF1T Staff
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Sebastian Vettel has one hand on his fourth consecutive title after beating team-mate Mark Webber to take his fifth win in a row.
The Red Bull driver dropped back to fourth immediately after the start, but contact with Lewis Hamilton ahead left the Briton with a puncture and put Vettel up to third.
Hamilton retired a few laps later after the team discovered aero damage to the rear of his car.
Vettel then set about hunting down Webber and Romain Grosjean who jumped into the lead by turn one and looked set to take his first win.
Grosjean eventually dropped back during the stops and finished third ahead of Fernando Alonso, therefore keeping the Spaniard's very slim title chances alive.
It was a good day for Sauber as both cars finished in the points, Nico Hulkenberg just ahead of team-mate Esteban Gutierrez to take away 14 points.
Nico Rosberg was eighth after taking a drive-through for a dangerous release during his first stop.
Jenson Button and Felipe Massa rounded off the top ten.
Race Result - 2013 Japanese Grand Prix:
# Driver Team Gap Pts 01. S. Vettel Red Bull 25 02. M. Webber Red Bull +7.1 18 03. R. Grosjean Lotus +9.9 15 04. F. Alonso Ferrari +45.6 12 05. K. Raikkonen Lotus +47.3 10 06. N. Hulkenberg Sauber +51.6 8 07. E. Gutierrez Sauber +71.6 6 08. N. Rosberg Mercedes +72.0 4 09. J. Button McLaren +80.8 2 10. F. Massa Ferrari +89.2 1 11. P. di Resta Force India +98.5 12. J-E. Vergne Toro Rosso +1 lap 13. D. Ricciardo Toro Rosso +1 lap 14. A. Sutil Force India +1 lap 15. S. Perez McLaren +1 lap 16. P. Maldonado Williams +1 lap 17. V. Bottas Williams +1 lap 18. C. Pic Caterham +1 lap 19. M. Chilton Marussia +1 lap 20. L. Hamilton Mercedes Retired 21. G. van der Garde Caterham Retired 22. J. Bianchi Marussia Retired
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