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Vettel Dominates Grand Prix of Japan

by F1Fan on October 4, 2009

The Red Bull Racing RB5 of Sebastian Vettel was the class of the field at the Japanese Grand Prix, Vettel led from Pole leading every lap, completely dominating the rest of the field, winning in his first ever race at the Suzuka Circuit in a convincing manner.

The only time he really came under any pressure was at the start of the race when Lewis Hamilton in the McLaren came from third using the power of his KERS system to overtake Jarno Trulli and briefly challenge Vettel for first place going into the first Corner, Vettel held his line and had the advantage going into the first corner where managed to stay in front of Hamilton and then quickly opened a substantial Gap.

Even though Qualifying and Practice saw many accidents the actual race was pretty much incident free, apart from the problems that happened to the Toro Rosso team. Buemi retired on the eleventh lap with Clutch failure and much later, with just 9 laps to go his team mate Jamie Alguesuari had a huge crash coming out of the 130R curve, demolishing his car and bringing out the Safety car for 5 laps while the track workers removed debris and repaired the tire wall. Luckily Alguesuari was OK a testament to the safety of the modern formula one car, due to the FIA safety regulations  he was taken away in the Ambulance for medical check up because the medical warning device in his car had tripped indicating a very high Gforce load had occurred during the accident.

Grand Prix of Japan Results (Top Eight)

PositionDriverTeamPoints
1GermanySebastian VettelRed Bull Racing10
3ItalyJarno TrulliToyota8
3GBLewis HamiltonMcLaren6
7FinlandHeikki KovalainenMcLaren5
2GermanyNico RosbergWilliams4
8GermanyNick HeidfeldBMW Sauber3
6BrazilRubens BarrichelloBrawn GP2
5GBJenson ButtonBrawn GP1
Updated Oct 4th, 2009

While Vettel sailed off into the sunset, his teammate Mark Webber had a less than stellar day, starting from Pit lane because of a severe accident in practice requiring the complete rebuild of his car, Webber ended up having to make 5 pit stops because of problems with his car and ended up as the last car that actually finished the race.

Jenson Button had a bit of luck, stuck behind Sutil and Kovalainen who were both heavier than Button his race looked pretty much over, with little chance of him getting into the points. However Sutiil was markedly faster than Kovalianen and trying like hell to overtake the Fin. Out braking Kovalainen into a corner Sutil got alongside him and looked like he was going to be able to make the pass when they came together and Kovalianen turned Sutil around. Button must of been hoping for such an incident as he had been hanging back and took full advantage, passing both Kovalainen and Sutil and claiming the last point paying position, the position he would keep for the rest of the race.

Jarno Trulli in the Toyota drove extremely well fighting with Lewis Hamilton for most of the race over 2nd place. Hamilton looked like he was going to keep second but strong pressure from Trulli and a great pit stop performance by his team allowed him to leapfrog Hamilton in the last round of Pit stops. Trulli must have been worried at the restart after Alguesuari’s crash with just 4 laps to go, but what he didn’t know was that Hamilton’s KERS system had ceased working so the threat never materialized and he went on to finish in second place, the best finish for Toyota all season especially important as it was infront of Toyota’s home crowd in Japan.

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