The Japanese Grand Prix was won by German Sebastian Vettel at the Suzuka circuit. The German Formula One driver aged 26 still has to wait, however, for his title.
The driver edged out Red Bull teammate Mark Webber and Lotus’ Romain Grosjean to win the race, his fifth grand prix victory in a row, according to the international press.
In Japan, Vettel started second on the grid behind Webber from Australia, who was in pole position for the first time this season. The German driver came second in qualifying after his speed-boosting Kinetic Energy Recovery System failed.
Speaking after the race, Vettel said: “I am blown away by today’s race.”
“I had a very poor start, I clipped my front wing and Lewis had a puncture, but after that I looked after the tires and had incredible pace, so overall fantastic. I am so overwhelmed. I have won here four times now, which is incredible. As for the championship we have a good gap, so we will still keep pushing. It looks good at this stage, but it is not over until it is over,” he said.
Webber, in his final year in F1, knew he had a chance of claiming a victory.
“The race was pretty good, although I would like one more step on the podium,” said Webber.
“Seb went longer in his first stint, and that made the difference, but I am pretty happy with second. I got the best out of what I could.”
The race at the Suzuka circuit was preceded by a minute’s silence in honor of former reserve driver Maria de Villota, 33, who died on Friday of injuries she sustained during testing a year ago.