Vettel secures fifth consecutive win in Japanese Grand Prix

By on Sunday, October 13, 2013
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Sebastian Vettel secured his fifth successive win in Formula 1 after claiming victory in the Japanese Grand Prix.

Vettel managed a two stop strategy and overtook long time race leader Romain Grosjean after the final round of stops.

Mark Webber completed a Red Bull 1-2 after finally getting past the Lotus driver on the penultimate lap.

Neither Red Bull driver excelled at the start, allowing fourth placed man Grosjean to leap ahead of them and into the lead.

Vettel made contact with Lewis Hamilton, leaving the Brit with a puncture. Hamilton returned to the pits but retired soon afterwards courtesy of damage sustained to his Mercedes.

Grosjean managed his lead over Webber and Vettel, with the Lotus driver set to two stop, unlike three stopping Webber.

Vettel lurked in the background, managing his tyres as he too was set for a two stop strategy.

Grosjean was unable to prevent Vettel from snatching the lead on fresher tyres, while he put up a strong, but ultimately futile, defence against Webber.

Fernando Alonso secured fourth place for Ferrari to keep the drivers' title alive for one more round.

Kimi Raikkonen was fifth, ahead of Sauber's Nico Hulkenberg.

Esteban Gutierrez scored his first Formula 1 points by finishing in seventh place as he held off the advances of Nico Rosberg during the final stint.

Rosberg had been running in a comfortable fourth place early on but was awarded a drive through penalty after his Mercedes team released him into the path of Sergio Perez following his first stop.

Jenson Button was ninth, while Felipe Massa took the final point in tenth place after a drive through penalty for speeding in the pit lane.

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