Sebastian Vettel steps closer to third successive World Title
Sebastian Vettel marches on to capture his third successive world title, with a phenomenal victory in yesterday’s Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka. Japan has proven to be happy hunting ground for the Red Bull driver, who won at Suzuka in 2009, 2010 and celebrated his world title here last year.
The victory was made sweeter for Sebastian Vettel as the current championship leader Fernando Alonso had to retire from the race after an early crash. Sebastian Vettel is now only four points behind the Spaniard driving in a Ferrari.
Sebastian Vettel led from start to finish at the Japanese Grand Prix, which put him ahead of Felipe Massa (Ferrari) and Kamui Kobayashi (Sauber).
“It's been a fantastic weekend,” Sebastian Vettel said after the race. “Yesterday's qualifying was perfect and today again, the balance of the car was amazing. It just seemed to work fantastically well.”
Fernando Alonso stepped out the race after collision with Lotus’ Kimi Raikkonen on the first corner of the race.
Red Bull team principal Christian Horner is exuberant over his team’s fight-back for the world title. Christian Horner admits “it’s a shame” for Fernando Alonso to lose lead, but no credit can be taken away from Sebastian Vettel for his superb driving.
“To win in such a dominant fashion really closes up the Championship,” Christian Horner said. “It's a shame for Alonso, it's not something you hope for and it could happen to us at the next race.
“It was a textbook drive for Sebastian today, he really was in a class of his own. The guys have been pushing very hard and even though we didn't have major upgrades here, it still seemed to come together and the balance was there.
“That's what made the difference today.”
Sebastian Vettel’s teammate wasn’t luck enough to evade Lotus’ “first-lap nutcase” Romain Grosjean. The Frenchman was found at fault once again.
Romain Grosjean got banned from the Italian Grand Prix at Monza for initiating an accident the Belgian Grand Prix. The accident took out Lewis Hamilton, Fernando Alonso and Sergio Perez.
Unfortunately, Romain Grosjean was the culprit once again yesterday.
“I haven’t seen what happened at the start, but the guys confirmed it was the first-lap nutcase again, Grosjean,” Mark Webber said.
“The rest of us are trying to fight for some decent results each weekend, but he’s trying to get to the third corner as fast as he can at every race. It makes it frustrating. Maybe he needs another holiday.”
Later Romain Grosjean apologized to Mark Webber and admitted that the accident was his mistake.