Japanese GP: Vettel wins from pole
Vettel was dominant despite not running with KERS. At the start of the race Hamilton almost jumped up from third on the grid to lead, but Vettel held him off.
At the start Hamilton tried to get past both Trulli and Vettel using KERS. He got Trulli but I couldn't quite manage to get into the lead. It was a good scrap with Jarno - they were really battling, setting qualifying times as they tried to shave tenths off each other's laps - but, over the race distance, Hamilton couldn't quite match Trulli's.
Up front Vettel had things all his way.
A late race caution period caused by Jaime Alguersuari's crash exiting the 130R corner bunched up the field, but Vettel just motored away when the track went back green.
"What a race!" said Vettel. "We already had pole position and strategy-wise we were the favorites, but, you know - first of all you have to do the start!
"We were pretty confident that we could defend our position, as we've had good starts in the past, but it was closer than I thought it would be! Going into Turn 1, I suddenly saw a silver arrow on my left-hand side, but I had the inside line so it was my advantage.
"After that I put my head down and tried to push with every single lap. The car was fantastic and I was able to create a gap quite quickly. We were two laps longer than Lewis (Hamilton) and a lap longer than Jarno (Trulli) in the first stint, so it all worked out and I was pretty much in control of the race. After we fitted the soft tires for the last stint, I wanted to have a little bit of fun. I did one very quick lap (I think a 32.5), but then my engineer came on the radio and said 'watch your tires, there might be a safety car or something' and two laps later there was the safety car!
"It's not what you want when you're in the lead, but I was still taking care of my tires and had a good restart. I had a bit of a cushion with Grosjean behind me and then three or four laps to build a gap again that was enough to win the race. Finally, we made it!
Alguersuari was unhurt following his big crash towards the end of Sunday's Japanese grand prix.
The Spanish teenager lost control of his Toro Rosso in the flat-out and infamous 130R corner, immediately reporting on the radio, "I'm ok".
Moments later, however, Alguersuari seemed light on his feet before laying down on an ambulance stretcher, apparently with a drip attached to his arm.
Team boss Franz Tost said: "He is uninjured, which is the most important thing."
However, the Toro Rosso chief admitted that the trip to Suzuka had been a "very expensive one" for the Faenza based team, after rookies Alguersuari and teammate Sebastien Buemi also crashed in qualifying.
With just two races to go and just 20 total possible points to garner, the only drivers still in the hunt to win the F1 title are:
1. Button 85 points
Fastest lap: Webber, 1:32.569
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