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November 15, 2015

Nico Rosberg wins Brazilian Grand Prix

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German driver Nico Rosberg won the Brazilian Grand Prix for the second time in a row today. Teammate Lewis Hamilton finished in second place to give Mercedes another one-two finish this year. Ferrari drivers Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen finished third and fourth, with Valtteri Bottas rounding up the top five.

Rosberg, starting from pole, led the field into the first corner, despite efforts from his teammate Lewis Hamilton to overtake him in Turn 1. The Ferrari’s of Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen were third and fourth, followed by Williams‘s Valtteri Bottas, who had a great start and moved from seventh to fifth.

After 71 laps Nico Rosberg crossed the finish line in first place to win the Brazilian Grand Prix for the second time in two years. Teammate Lewis Hamilton was never really able to challenge the German for the win and eventually settled for second place, 7.7 seconds behind the German. Four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel finished third in his Ferrari, 14 seconds behind the race winner, with teammate Kimi Raikkonen coming home in fourth. Williams’s Valtteri Bottas finished in fifth place, a lap down, with Nico Hulkenberg taking sixth place in his Force India. Seventh place went to Russian Daniil Kvyat in his Renault-powered Red Bull. French driver Romain Grosjean took eight place after local hero Felipe Massa was disqualified. Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo rounded up the top ten.



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November 14, 2015

Nico Rosberg takes pole for 2015 Brazilian Grand Prix

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Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg today took pole position for tomorrow’s 2015 Brazilian Grand Prix at Interlagos, making it his fifth pole in a row. Lewis Hamilton was second fastest. Four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel rounded up the top three.

German driver Rosberg lapped the track at the Autódromo José Carlos Pace in Sao Paulo in 1:11.282.

His teammate Lewis Hamilton was second fastest, a mere .078 of a second slower. Despite being faster in the earlier parts of qualifying, the newly crowned world champion couldn’t beat his teammate on the third qualifying lap.

Sebastian Vettel took third spot for Ferrari, lapping four tenths of a second slower than the Mercedes cars.

Williams‘s Valtteri Bottas took fourth place with a time of 1:12.085. He isn’t to start in fourth place though, as he faces a three place grid penalty following an incident during free practice.

Fellow Finn Kimi Räikkönen in the second Ferrari was in fifth place. As a result of his countryman’s penalty he is to start in fourth place after his teammate. Force India‘s Nico Hulkenberg set the sixth fastest time of the session, while Red Bull drivers Daniil Kvyat and Daniel Ricciardo finished seventh and ninth respectively.

Australian Ricciardo also faced a grid penalty, as an engine change causes him to start tomorrow’s race ten places further back. Eighth place went to local hero Felipe Massa in his Williams. Eighteen-year-old Toro Rosso driver Max Verstappen finished in an impressive tenth position.



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Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg takes pole position for the 2015 Brazilian Grand Prix at Interlagos, making it his fifth pole in a row. Lewis Hamilton was second fastest. Four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel rounded up the top three.

At the Autódromo José Carlos Pace in Sao Paulo, German driver Nico Rosberg took pole position for sunday’s Grand Prix. In his Mercedes he lapped the 4.3km track in 1.11.282. It’s his fifth consecutive pole position this year.

His teammate, Lewis Hamilton was second fastest, a mere .078 of a second slower. Despite being faster in the earlier parts of qualifying, the newly crowned world champion couldn’t beat his teammate around this anti-clockwise circuit.

Four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel took third spot for Ferrari, lapping seven tenths of a second slower than the Mercedes cars.

Williams‘s Valtteri Bottas took fourth place with a time of 1.12.085. He will not start in fourth place though, as he faces a three place grid penalty following an incident during free practice.

Fellow Finn Kimi Räikkönen, in the second Ferrari was in fifth place. As a result of his countryman’s penalty he will join his teammate on the second row of the grid. Force India‘s Nico Hulkenberg set the sixth fastest time of the session, while Red Bull drivers Daniil Kvyat and Daniel Ricciardo finished seventh and ninth respectively.

The Russian driver also faces a grid penalty, as an engine change causes him to start tomorrow’s race ten places further back. Eight place went to local hero Felipe Massa in his Williams. Eighteen year old Toro Rosso driver Max Verstappen finished in an impressive tenth position.



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April 9, 2014

Hamilton wins \’incredible\’ Bahrain race, F1\’s 900th Grand Prix

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The opening lap of the 2010 Malaysian Grand Prix

Sunday saw Formula One racer Lewis Hamilton win the Bahrain Grand Prix after an “incredible” race he spent battling with teammate Nico Rosberg. It was F1’s 900th ever World Championship Grand Prix.

The two Mercedes drivers were neck-and-neck throughout the race, with Hamilton usually in front. Rosberg started from pole position after Hamilton made a mistake in qualifying, going off-track and settling for second. After the race Hamilton said it was “an incredible day, a really tough day” and he wanted some relaxation time.

The race took place at the Bahrain International Circuit.
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Red Bull‘s Daniel Ricciardo had to start from thirteenth despite qualifying third after an incident in Malaysia last race saw him given a ten-place grid penalty. His car left the pits with a wheel loose, and stewards imposed the penalty after deeming it unacceptably dangerous. Ricciardo managed to finish fourth to score his first points of the season after a disqualification in the opening race in his native Australia.

Reigning champion Sebastian Vettel continued to struggle with technical problems, including his drag reduction system and gearbox. Starting from tenth ahead of teammate Ricciardo, he was able to reach sixth by the finish line. He missed much of the final practice session before qualifying after he spun off the track and beached his car. The closure of the night race was marked with a fireworks display.

Venezuelan driver Pastor Maldonado also saw his troubles continue. Having newly switched to Lotus, he failed to complete the opening two races this year and damaged his car with an accidental wheelie practicing for this one. Exiting the pit lane on the 41st lap Maldonado struck the side of Sauber racer Esteban Gutiérrez with sufficient force to send the Mexican’s car onto its back before rolling back upright.

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Gutiérrez received medical attention on-site and in hospital as a precaution, but was uninjured. “Wow!” Gutiérrez told his team via radio before leaving the car. “What was that?” Maldonado received a stop-and-go penalty and finished outside the points.

Stewards had further punishment for the Lotus driver after the race. He will have a five-place grid position penalty at the start of his race in China. He also had three points added to his racing driver’s licence, a new system this year comparable to a normal motorist receiving points after traffic offences.

Maldonado seemed to imply the other driver played a roll in the collision. “We will need to have a look again at what happened,” he said, “as Esteban seemed to be off his line coming into turn one — maybe he missed his braking point, I don’t know — and by then I was in the corner with nowhere to go”.

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—Gutiérrez after being flipped by Maldonado’s car

Martini’s distinctive stripes on a Williams car earlier this season. The design had to be changed slightly to comply with norms in the host nation, replacing the alcohol giant’s name with the word ‘racing’.
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Fan opinion is sharply against him, with some using the derogatory nickname Crashtor Maldonado. Others said his punishment was unfair compared to Ricciardo’s ten-place grid position drop after his team’s mistake in Malaysia. Gutiérrez thanked supportive fans via social media after the race in English and Mexican, and returned to the circuit yesterday as teams took to testing.

Maldonado was not alone in causing accidents. Jules Bianchi received a drive-through penalty after colliding with Adrian Sutil, leaving both cars sporting punctures. Sutil later retired from the race.

Other retirements included Marcus Ericsson and Kevin Magnussen, both rookies, who separately pulled up at the trackside. Fellow newcomer Daniil Kvyat of Russia, who claimed the title of F1’s youngest-ever points scorer at the season opener, was placed just outside the points despite setting one of the fastest laps of the early part of the race. He had also scored in Malaysia.

An anti-race protestor at last year’s event.
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“Not an easy race for us yesterday!” Kvyat tweeted on Monday. “But many things learned, and helpful for the future.”

The podium was rounded out by Sergio Pérez in third, claiming Force India‘s second-ever podium finish off the back of a failure to even start in Malaysia with a gearbox malfunction. Nico Hulkenberg took fifth. Both he and ninth-place Fernando Alonso celebrated upon completing the race, arms in the air. Williams racers Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas scored seventh and eight place respectively. Kimi Räikkönen claimed the final scoring position of tenth despite a minor collision with Magnussen at the race start.

Williams, who this year are using new bright white livery on their cars, where able to keep the coloured stripes of sponsor Martini. Constraints from the host nation meant the word Martini itself, however, was changed to ‘racing’ on the cars. Williams test driver Susie Wolff of Scotland started a competition during the race weekend to win one of her Martini-coloured caps for submitting pictures of designs using the Martini colours.

A further near miss was suffered by Bottas when he ran off-track after becoming caught in battling between Räikkönen and Ricciardo. His team radioed to promise a complaint would be made to race director Charlie Whiting.

Rosberg told his Twitter followers “Great fight with @LewisHamilton but I’m back in two weeks to take the win”. Hamilton tweeted “What a race! Amazing to get my first win in Bahrain” and also paid tribute to his Mercedes team.

Anti-government protestors turned out in their thousands at the start of the race weekend. The peaceful rally at the capital, Manama, was marred by small groups throwing molotov cocktails at police. The protestors were opposed to the international attraction giving patronage to Bahrain. Events at the circuit were given heavy security.

The race has been the target of intense protesting for several years.



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July 9, 2012

Mark Webber wins 2012 British Grand Prix

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Red Bull Racing‘s Mark Webber won the 2012 British Grand Prix yesterday at Silverstone, having started second on the grid behind Alonso’s Ferrari.

The second qualifying session of three was red-flagged due to heavy rain; but, despite this, Webber secured second on the grid behind Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso, only bettered by under five hundredths of a second. Michael Schumacher, driving for Mercedes, started third with Webber’s team mate Sebastian Vettel filling out the second row of the grid in fourth.

The race itself started in dry weather, Alonso—running on hard tyres—took an early lead, with Webber—having opted for soft tyres—in pursuit. At the first pit stop, McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton stayed out and took the lead, briefly duelling with Alonso before being passed. Shortly after the pitstop, WilliamsPastor Maldonaldo and Sauber‘s Sergio Perez had a collision, resulting in the Perez being knocked out of the race and Maldonaldo being fined €10,000 (£7,931, $US12,273).

Also receiving a fine was Perez’ team mate, Kamui Kobayashi. for a dangerous entry into his pit box that injured three of his team’s mechanics. According to Kobayashi, “The front wheels locked, I couldn’t control the car, and this is how I overshot the pit box.”

Alonso managed to hold off Webber until the final set of pit stops, but his rules-mandated switch to soft tyres left him unable to compete with the better grip of Webber’s Red Bull car. Webber caught him, overtaking Alonso with comparative ease on the 48th lap and going on to cross the line some three seconds ahead of the Spaniard.

With this victory, Webber is the second driver to win two races this season. After the race, he described himself as “…absolutely over the moon, absolutely rapt…”.

Final points scoring positions

Position Driver Team Time Points
1 Mark Webber Red Bull 1:25:11.288 25
2 Fernando Alonso Ferrari +3.060 18
3 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull +4.836 15
4 Felipe Massa Ferrari +9.519 12
5 Kimi Räikkönen Lotus +10.314 10
6 Romain Grosjean Lotus +17.101 8
7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes +29.153 6
8 Lewis Hamilton McLaren +36.463 4
9 Bruno Senna Williams +43.347 2
10 Jenson Button McLaren +44.444 1

Drivers world championship standings

Position Driver Team Points
1 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 129
2 Mark Webber Red Bull 116
3 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull 100
4 Lewis Hamilton McLaren 92
5 Kimi Raikkonen Lotus F1 83
6 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 75
7 Romain Grosjean Lotus 61
8 Jenson Button McLaren 50
9 Sergio Perez Sauber 39
10 Pastor Maldonado Williams 29



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August 2, 2011

Jenson Button wins Hungarian Grand Prix

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The opening lap of the 2010 Malaysian Grand Prix

Jenson Button of McLaren-Mercedes took first place in Sunday’s Hungarian Grand Prix at the Hungaroring, marking his 200th grand prix race in style. Sebastian Vettel of Red Bull-Renault came in second, extending his lead in the 2011 Driver’s Championship to 85 points. Fernanado Alonso of Ferrari took the third place on the podium.

Layout of the Hungaroring circuit

The race was affected by intermittent wet weather, with tyre choice playing a crucial role in the result. Button’s teammate Lewis Hamilton held the lead at times, but suffered from mistimed tyre changes, as well as a spin on lap 47 and a drive through penalty. He was closely followed over the line by Mark Webber of Red Bull.

Felipe Massa took sixth place for Ferrari, followed by Force India’s Paul di Resta scoring the highest placing of his career so far. Sébastien Buemi, Nico Rosberg and Jaime Alguersuari rounded out the top ten.

Four drivers did not finish the race, including Michael Schumacher whose car suffered a gearbox failure, and Nick Heidfeld. Heidfeld’s Renault overheated during a longer than usual pit-stop, catching fire when emerging from the pit-lane. The driver escaped unhurt, though as marshals were tackling the fire an air bottle on the car exploded. The incident did not affect the rest of the race, with the safety car not being deployed.

In 2006, with similar weather conditions, the Hungarian circuit was the scene of Button’s first F1 victory. Combining his triumph today with the celebrations of his 200th race, Button quipped that he was looking forward to the drivers’ brief holiday before the next race.

“It’s great to have a couple of weeks break. It might take me that long to get over tonight.”

Race results

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 4 Jenson Button McLarenMercedes 70 1:46:42.337 3 25
2 1 Sebastian Vettel Red BullRenault 70 +3.588 1 18
3 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 70 +19.819 5 15
4 3 Lewis Hamilton McLarenMercedes 70 +48.338 2 12
5 2 Mark Webber Red BullRenault 70 +49.742 6 10
6 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 70 +1:23.176 4 8
7 15 Paul di Resta Force IndiaMercedes 69 +1 Lap 11 6
8 18 Sébastien Buemi Toro RossoFerrari 69 +1 Lap 23 4
9 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 69 +1 Lap 7 2
10 19 Jaime Alguersuari Toro RossoFerrari 69 +1 Lap 16 1
11 16 Kamui Kobayashi SauberFerrari 69 +1 Lap 13
12 10 Vitaly Petrov Renault 69 +1 Lap 12
13 11 Rubens Barrichello WilliamsCosworth 68 +2 Laps 15
14 14 Adrian Sutil Force IndiaMercedes 68 +2 Laps 8
15 17 Sergio Pérez SauberFerrari 68 +2 Laps 10
16 12 Pastor Maldonado WilliamsCosworth 68 +2 Laps 17
17 24 Timo Glock VirginCosworth 66 +4 Laps 20
18 22 Daniel Ricciardo HRTCosworth 66 +4 Laps 22
19 25 Jérôme d’Ambrosio VirginCosworth 65 +5 Laps 24
20 23 Vitantonio Liuzzi HRTCosworth 65 +5 Laps 21
Ret 20 Heikki Kovalainen LotusRenault 55 Water leak 18
Ret 7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 26 Gearbox 9
Ret 9 Nick Heidfeld Renault 23 Fire 14
Ret 21 Jarno Trulli LotusRenault 17 Water leak 19



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November 18, 2010

Vettel becomes youngest Formula One champion

Vettel becomes youngest Formula One champion

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The opening lap of the 2010 Malaysian Grand Prix

Under the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu-Dhabi‘s floodlights, German driver Sebastian Vettel added a new Formula One record to his list as youngest winner of the championship at 23 years. On Saturday, Vettel took the title at the final race of this year’s competition.

Starting from pole position, the Red Bull Racing driver led the race right through except during pit stops, when reigning world champion Jenson Button led for a few laps.

Sebastian Vettel is the youngest Formula-1 world champion at the age of 23 years

Championship leader Fernando Alonso started the race 11 points ahead of Mark Webber. With 25 points for a win, 18 for second and 15 for third, the Spaniard only needed to finish second to secure his third world championship. With a 15-point lag behind Alonso, Sebastian Vettel was third in the championship standings; winning the championship depended on neither Alonso nor Webber finishing on the podium.

A major accident between Michael Schumacher and Vintantonio Liuzzi on the first lap of the race triggered deployment of the safety car. Alonso and Webber were among drivers who decided to make earlier than planned pit stops while racing was resricted. However, they rejoined the track behind the Renault of Vitaly Petrov, who proved extremely difficult to overtake. Both remained stuck behind Petrov for the remainder of the race, finishing 7th and 8th respectively to score 6 and 4 points.

Sebastian Vettel went on to win the race ahead of the two McLarens of Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button, scoring 25 championship points to give a total of 256 – only 4 ahead of Alonso.

Vettel had never previously led this year’s contest. He had to wait until championship favorites Alonso and Webber crossed the finish line in 7th and 8th positions respectively before receiving the news by team radio. With his voice breaking among tears and laughter, Vettel thanked his team for their efforts throughout the season. He won five races from ten pole positions.

Since the start of his F1 career, Vettel’s name has repeatedly entered record books.

In 2007, he replaced an injured Robert Kubica in the United States Grand Prix. Finishing 8th and collecting one championship point; this his first record was youngest driver to score a point in F1.

In 2008, Vettel had the opportunity to race for a full season with Toro Rosso, winning what remains that team’s only race victory. At the Italian Grand Prix, he became the youngest driver to qualify in pole position and youngest race winner.

In 2009, he moved to Red Bull Racing, scoring that team’s first pole position and first race victory. He went on to finish second in the world championship.



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November 9, 2010

Vettel wins 2010 Brazilian Grand Prix, securing Constructors\’ Championship for Red Bull

Vettel wins 2010 Brazilian Grand Prix, securing Constructors’ Championship for Red Bull

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Red Bull drivers Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber took the top two podium places in the Brazilian Formula One Grand Prix at the Autódromo José Carlos Pace in São Paulo on Sunday. This secures victory for their two-car Red Bull team in the 2010 Constructors’ Cup, with one race left. However, the Drivers’ Championship is yet to be decided. The Abu Dhabi GP will be the decider in a season of close competition.

Surprisingly, Nico Hülkenberg started the race in pole position. But Hülkenberg couldn’t delay Vettel beyond the first corner, his Williams being passed later in the opening lap by Webber and Fernando Alonso‘s Ferrari. Hülkenberg finished 8th, the first car to finish a lap behind the winner.

Lewis Hamilton (McLaren) started 4th, but was overtaken by Alonso after an error. He and teammate Jenson Button saw the chequered flag 4th and 5th.

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Mercedes GP drivers Nico Rosberg and Michael Schumacher finished 6th and 7th, on the same lap as winner Vettel.

A high-speed accident involving Force India‘s Vitantonio Liuzzi triggered a safety car twenty laps from the end, preventing overtaking for several laps and mixing up both lapped and leading cars.

Alonso, who grabbed the remaining podium place, still leads the Drivers’ Championship with 246 points. Both Webber and Vettel closed the gap to 8 and 15 points respectively.

Russian prime minister test drives F1 car

Other Formula One racing news came from Russia on Sunday, as Prime Minister Putin tested the Renault R30 of Vitaly Petrov in St. Petersburg. Putin has been known previously to test his skills piloting fighter jets and firefighting aircraft. Early in October, Putin signed a deal for the Russian F1 Grand Prix, to be held at Sochi from 2014 onwards.

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October 26, 2010

Fernando Alonso wins 2010 Korean Grand Prix

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The opening lap of the 2010 Malaysian Grand Prix

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Korean International Circuit

Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso won the first ever FIA 2010 Korean Grand Prix in Yeongam, South Korea. With two races to go, Alonso now leads the drivers’ championship, closely followed by Mark Webber and Lewis Hamilton.

As Typhoon Megi reached China, heavy rain hit Yeongam on Sunday afternoon and the race was red-flagged for about half an hour, before conditions improved. Both Red Bull drivers failed to finish despite starting first and second from the grid before and after race restarted. Webber ran wide and hit a wall, hitting Nico Rosberg‘s Mercedes, and Sebastian Vettel’s engine blew up during his spurt to the finish line leading the race.

Fernando Alonso driving at the previous GP
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Hamilton changed places twice with Alonso behind Vettel, but finished second for McLaren. Alonso’s teammamte Felipe Massa closing the podium on third place. Michael Schumacher drove his best race in this season for Mercedes overtaking Robert Kubica‘s Renault after the restart following the red flag. Schumacher finished fourth and Kubica fifth.

Vitantonio Liuzzi placed his Force India on 6th place after his teammate, Adran Sutil, crashed in lap 47 after coming into contact with Kamui Kobayashi‘s {{w|BMW Sauber|Sauber}. Rubens Barrichello‘s Williams gets passes by both Kubica and Liuzzi to finish 7th ahead Kobayashi. The two German drivers of Sauber and Williams—Nick Heidfeld and Nico Hülkenberg closed the top ten.

The situation in the season’s standings has now changed in favour of Alonso—the Spaniard leads the driver’s championship with 231 points, 11 more than Webber, who is in second place with 220 points. Hamilton and Vettel are third and fourth in the rankings with 210 and 206 respectively. Jenson Button has admitted he now has little hope of winning the title—he is in fifth with 189 points. The constructors’ standings list is still dominated by Red Bull, who have 426 points, McLaren with 399 and Ferrari with 374. There are two races left until the end of the season, the first in Brazil, and the second a week later in Abu Dhabi.



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October 10, 2010

Sebastian Vettel wins 2010 Japanese Grand Prix

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Sunday, October 10, 2010

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The opening lap of the 2010 Malaysian Grand Prix

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Suzuka Circuit

Red Bull drivers Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber made a one-two finish from the front line of the starting grid of the Formula One 2010 Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka Circuit, Japan.

Lewis Hamilton crashed early in a free practice damaging his suspension, but was able to participate in a qualifying session using a spare car. Though Hamilton posted the third fastest time, he lost 5 places on the starting grid for a gearbox change.

After Robert Kubica lost a rear wheel from his Renault car and retired from the race, it was Fernando Alonso who owned the third place on the podium for Ferrari, to follow his floodlit win at Singapore

Jenson Button (McLaren) passed his teammate Hamilton after the latter lost his third gear. They finished fourth and fifth.

Nico Rosberg lost his rear wheel and retired just as Kubica did earlier. His teammate Michael Schumacher came sixth for Mercedes factory team.

Two Saubers of Kamui Kobayashi and Nick Heidfeld, a Williams of Rubens Barrichello and a Toro Rosso of Sebastien Buemi closed the top ten drivers in the finishing lap with the leader.

The situation in the season standings tightens as both Alonso and Vettel are now 14 points behind Mark Webber, and the two McLaren drivers are following on their heels. Constructor championship standings are more clearly owned by Red Bull, as McLaren is 45 points behind and Ferrari is 92 points behind.



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