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  • Delight for Vettel as Grosjean and Rosberg get a lift back to parc ferme. Thank you for your company today. It was a very good race. Do join us again in two weeks' time for the Indian GP. Ciao!

  • Alonso finishes fourth and his future Ferrari team-mate Raikkonen is fifth with Hulkenberg sixth. Gutierrez is seventh as he scores his first points in Formula One with Rosberg behind him. The German immediately pulls his car over. They are followed by Button and Massa.

  • Vettel wins the Japanese Grand Prix, his fifth consecutive win of the season, as he edges closer to the World Championship. He should do it next time out in India. It's 35th career win and fourth at Suzuka. Webber crosses the finish line in second with Grosjean third.

  • Raikkonen goes on the outside of Hulkenberg and he is up to fifth place. Gutierrez continues to hold off Rosberg, who has been told to turn down his engine. Looks like that is that.

    Lap 53
  • Grosjean continues to hold firm, but he has Bottas to contend with ahead of him. Webber finally gets ahead on the straight finish straight as he uses the DRS to get ahead of the Lotus.

    Lap 52
  • Rosberg has a go at Gutierrez, but the Sauber driver holds firm. Ahead of them, Grosjean and Webber have caught the backmarkers. Grosjean and Webber get past Maldonado with ease. Hulkenberg locks up and that gives Raikkonen a look-in, but the Finn isn't close enough.

    Lap 51
  • Here's the top 10: Vettel, Grosjean, Webber, Alonso, Hulkenberg, Raikkonen, Gutierrez, Rosberg, Massa, Button. Webber is really finding it difficult to get past the Lotus of Grosjean. They have some traffic ahead.

    Lap 50
  • Webber is still struggling to get past Grosjean and that has helped Vettel, who is now more than seven seconds ahead of the two.

    Lap 49
  • Rosberg fights back and passes Massa for eight place. Gutierrez is ahead of him, but the Mexican is more than 24s ahead. The Sauber driver is looking for his first point in F1.

    Lap 48
  • Alonso finally gets past the Sauber of Hulkenberg and moves up to fourth place. Raikkonen is not far behind Hulkenberg. Further up the track, Webber is in the slipstream of Grosjean in the pit straight. However, the Lotus driver gives him no space to go past him.

    Lap 47
  • Vettel has a little moan about the traffic ahead. Not sure what that was about as Perez moved out of the way without much fuss. A bit of a slide from Grosjean, but he gets it back on track quickly.

    Lap 46
  • Webber is flying as he closes the gap to Grosjean to just 2.6s. Behind them Hulkenberg remains in fourth place, but Alonso has managed to close the gap to less than one second and Raikkonen is also not too far behind.

    Lap 45
  • Vettel has a three-second lead over Grosjean, who in turn is 4.7s ahead of Webber. Perez pits and and he had a puncture following some contact with Rosberg.

    Lap 44
  • Webber pits from the lead and that sets Vettel free. The Australian puts on the medium tyres and he rejoins just behind Grosjean.

    Lap 43
  • Webber has a 14s lead over his Red Bull team-mate at the moment, but Vettel is really flying and you'd expect him to win this race quite comfortably. Button pits again and he puts on the medium tyres.

    Lap 42
  • Rosberg pits from seventh place and he is back on the harder tyres. Vettel attacks Grosjean, but the Lotus driver holds firm. The German finally dives past Grosjean in the pit straight, much to the delight of the Red Bull team in the pits.

    Lap 41
  • A 1:35.317 puts Vettel within one second of Grosjean. The German is told he needs to look after his tyres as he will come under pressure from Webber before the end of the race.

    Lap 40
  • Raikkonen is all over the back of Alonso's Ferrari at the moment. They have some traffic ahead of them, but Pic moves out the way quickly. Vettel is catching Grosjean quickly. Webber is told 'good stuff mate, good stuff'.

    Lap 39
  • Vettel pits from the lead and he comes back out in third place, behind Grosjean, after taking on a new set of the harder tyres. Lower down the grid, Gutierrez moves up to ninth place after passing Vergne at Turn 1. That was quite close in the end, but no harm down.

    Lap 38
  • Raikkonen, who is down in sixth place, sets a fastest lap of 1:35.516 to close the gap to his future team-mate Alonso to 1.7s.

    Lap 37
  • Massa takes his drive-through and he is out in P11, just behind Gutierrez. The battle for first place is interesting as Webber is now 8.3s behind his team-mate. Vettel, though, is on a two-stopper while Webber and Grosjean are making three stops.

    Lap 36
  • I'm sorry to say, but Vettel is looking very strong in this race as he has a 9.1s lead over Webber, who is 10.6s behind Grosjean. The Frenchman, though, has managed to slightly close the gap to the Australian.

    Lap 35
  • Ricciardo takes his drive-through penalty and he rejoins in P13, just behind Perez. Massa is also handed a drive-through penalty for speeding in the pit lane. Naughty, naught from the Brazilian as he will now struggle to get into the top 10.

    Lap 34
  • Here's the top 10: Vettel, Webber, Grosjean, Hulkenberg, Alonso, Massa, Raikkonen, Ricciardo, Rosberg and Button. The Raikkonen, Ricciardo and Rosberg battle is very close at the moment. Massa is under investigation for speeding in the pit lane.

    Lap 33
  • Perez pits and there is also a problem with the changing of his right-rear tyre. McLaren have had an issue with that for a few years now. Ricciardo is handed a drive-through penalty for going off the track and gaining an unfair advantage. Raikkonen pits and rejoins in seventh place.

    Lap 32
  • Ricciardo and Di Resta are investigation following an earlier incident when the Toro Rosso went off the track. Alonso pits from fifth place and he puts on the hard tyres. He is back out behind Hulkenberg.

    Lap 31
  • Grosjean pits from the lead and that sets Vettel free. It's a 2.9s stop from the Lotus team, but Webber has managed to get ahead of Webber. Hulkenberg also stops and he rejoins in eighth place.

    Lap 30
  • The battle for P1 is truly on as Webber is flying after his pit stop and the gap is now down to 14s. Vettel, meanwhile, is now 1.3s behind Grosjean, who has a lock-up. Massa pits and he rejoins in ninth place.

    Lap 29
  • Grosjean, who can start to see Webber in his mirrors, is told 'we are on target, we are on target'. Rosberg goes past Sutil, who pits a few seconds later. Replays show Ricciardo going off the track after trying to overtake Di Resta. He will have to give that place back.

    Lap 28
  • Fastest lap from Vettel as his 1:36.971 is nearly a full second fastest than Grosjean's last lap. The German is now just 2.5s behind the Lotus driver. Vettel is told 'we are not driving Webber, we are driving Grosjean'.

    Lap 27
  • Webber pits from second place and he takes on another set of harder tyres. He will have to stop again as he still has to use the medium tyres. Yet another lock-up from Vettel, who is pushing extremely hard today.

    Lap 26
  • That was a slow stop from Button as they had a problem getting the right-rear tyre on. The battle for first place is heating up as the gap is 0.8s. Rosberg stops again and swaps to medium tyres.

    Lap 25
  • Button, who has just been passed by Rosberg for P10, pits for a second time. Fastest lap from Vergne down in 17th with a 1:37.348. Webber is now less than one second behind Grosjean.

    Lap 24
  • Hulkenberg is now under pressure from Alonso. They are more than 22s behind the front three of Grosjean, Webber and Vettel. Fastest lap from Webber and the gap to Grosjean is down to 1.4s.

    Lap 23
  • It is all going wrong for Gutierrez as Raikkonen flies past him and now he has Perez on his back. He initially holds off his compatriot, but the McLaren driver eventually gets past him. Ricciardo finally pits and he stays on the harder tyres.

    Lap 22
  • Lock-up from Ricciardo, but still no space for Hulkenberg to overtake. Ricciardo goes defensive and that gives Hulkenberg a chance and this time he makes it stick. Alonso tries to do the same, but he has Massa to contend with. The Spaniard has another go at Ricciardo and this time he goes up to P5. Gutierrez goes on teh inside of Massa and just gets ahead. However, the Mexican locks up and that allows Massa to go back through.

    Lap 21
  • Ricciardo is holding up the likes of Hulkenberg, Massa and Alonso. They will have Gutierrez and Raikkonen on their tails soon. Alonso goes on the outside of a very defensive Massa and he moves up to P6 with the help of DRS.

    Lap 20
  • It's very tight between Ricciardo, Hulkenberg, Massa and Alonso. Hulkenberg probably has the most to lose here as Massa will no doubt attack if he makes the slightest of mistakes. The German has a go, but Ricciardo holds firm. Sutil, meanwhile, tries to go on the inside of Maldonado in P15 and they nearly make contact.

    Lap 19
  • Vettel is once again warned to managed his tyres. Ricciardo is the only man who is yet to stop and he is up in fourth place, just ahead of Hulkenberg, who is about to have a look.

    Lap 18
  • Rosberg is told to 'box this lap for a drive-through' and he rejoins in 12th place. Vettel is the fastest man on the track after going around the track in 1:37.445 and he is now just 3.3s behind Webber.

    Lap 17
  • Rosberg has been handed a drive-through penalty for an unsafe release in the pits. Difficult afternoon for the Mercedes team so far. Grosjean leads by 1.8s while Webber is four seconds ahead of his Red Bull team-mate Vettel.

    Lap 16
  • Perez goes on the inside of Button and he is up to P11. Vettel finally comes in from the lead and he rejoins in third place behind Grosjean and Webber. The German had a bit of a lock-up before he went into the pits. Hulkenberg has been the big winner in the first round of stops as he is ahead of both Ferraris and in sixth place.

    Lap 15
  • Hulkenberg sets a new fastest lap and he's on a good run at the moment as he has managed to get ahead of Massa during the stops. Rosberg is in a a spot of bother after he nearly makes contact with Perez while he made his way out of the pits. He is under investigation for an unsafe release. Alonso pits from P2. Perez and Button are going side-by-side.

    Lap 14
  • Lotus responds to Webber's pit and brings Grosjean in. Excellent stop from the Frenchman as he was stationary for just 2.6s and rejoined ahead of Webber. Vettel is leading the race at the moment.

    Lap 13
  • Webber pits from second and switches to the harder tyres and Massa and Raikkonen are also in. The Australian is back out in sixth place. Button sets a new fastest lap as he makes good use of his fresh rubber.

    Lap 13
  • Hulkenberg, who was in eighth place, and Di Resta both pit and they swap to the harder tyres. At the front, Grosjean has a 2.5s lead over Webber, who is 1.6s ahead of his team-mate Vettel. As things stand, the Championship fight will go until the next race.

    Lap 12
  • Alonso has a little look at team-mate Massa, but the Brazilian is having none of it. Meanwhile, the Mercedes team tweets that Hamilton retired as 'data showing abnormal readings and high-rear brake temps'.

    Lap 11
  • While Hamilton inspects the damage to his Mercedes, his team-mate Rosberg has a dodgy moment as he slides off the track at Turn 1. That gives Massa and Alonso an opportunity to close the gap to the German.

    Lap 10
  • Hamilton makes his way back to the pits and that's that for him as he is rolled back into his garage by his mechanics. A McLaren is also coming into the pits and it's Button, who changes to the harder tyres.

    Lap 9
  • Webber is urged he needs to start looking after the rear tyres. Massa, meanwhile, is told 'multi-function strategy A'. He's probably being told to move over for Alonso.

    Lap 8
  • Vettel is told to drop back from Webber to save his tyres. Alonso has a little look at Massa, but the action is happening behind them where Raikkonen goes on the outside of Button at the last chicane. The Finn is up to 10th place.

    Lap 7
  • Gutierrez has made an excellent start and he is up to P9, ahead of Button and Raikkonen. The latter two are having a scrap over 10th place. Button, though, is keeping the Lotus driver at bay.

    Lap 6
  • The yellow flags are finally gone and DRS is once again enabled. Hamilton is told that he needs to go until lap 19 on the current set of tyres. Alonso has managed to close the gap to team-mate Massa to less than one second.

    Lap 5
  • DRS has been enabled and disabled in a few seconds as the yellow flags are still out following that earlier accident. Another fastest lap from Grosjean and his lead is now a second. Alonso is still stuck down in sixth place.

    Lap 4
  • Bianchi and van der Garde having a chat following their early exit from the race. Stewards will investigate that incident after the race. Grosjean sets a new fastest lap of 1:38.827.

    Lap 3
  • Hamilton swapped to the harder tyres. Back to the front, Grosjean leads by just 0.6s. Grosjean went on the outside of Webber and Vettel. Hamilton, meanwhile, looked to go between Webber and Vettel and that's where he picked up the puncture.

    Lap 2
  • Pic takes his drive-through penalty while Hamilton is making his way back to the pits as he has a puncture. The Mercedes man made contact with Vettel's front wing and picked up damage.

    Lap 2
  • There are yellow flags out, but no Safety Car. It's Grosjean from Webber, Vettel, Rosberg, Massa, Hulkenberg, Perez, Gutierrez and Button. Vettel is told to stay out despite the front-wing damage.

    Lap 1
  • The 2013 Japanese GP is underway and it's Grosjean who lead through the first corner as he goes in the middle of the two Red Bulls. Lewis Hamilton is down in trouble at the back while Gieode van der Garde and a Marussia are out. Vettel is reporting front-wing damage.

    Lap 1
  • Webber leads the pack around Suzuka for the formation lap. It's quite amazing to see how quickly the track clears before the drivers leave the grid for the warm-up lap.

  • A look at the tyres quickly and the top 10 drivers are all starting on the white-marked medium Pirellis.

  • World famous tenor Placido Domingo is one of the guests on the grid at the moment. Plenty of cameras around him.

  • Nearly good to go as the drivers start to strip in and prepare mentally for the race. Some of the team bosses are still have a chat with rival bosses.

  • The stands at Suzuka are once again packed with some of the most passionate Formula One fans you can get. The drivers are all very appreciative of the support in Japan.

  • The pit lane is now closed. Back to the Championship battle, and there might be some hope for Vettel's rivals as he had some KERS problems during practice - which resulted in him missing 20 minutes - and again in qualifying.

  • Button is asked what would be a good result and his reply is 'I really don't know'. Meanwhile, Alonso is not concentrating on the World Championship anymore as it's all in Vettel's hands now.

  • The drivers, who have held a minute's silence during a briefing earlier this morning, are now all making their way to the grid. They are nearly all there.

  • Speaking of penalties, Charles Pic started the weekend with a 10-place grid penalty for his misdemeanour in Korea and he was again in trouble with the stewards after he was given a drive-through penalty for leaving the pitlane five seconds after the pit exit light had turned red. He needs to take that within the first five laps.

  • Valtteri Bottas and Esteban Gutierrez and Pastor Maldonado and Daniel Ricciardo occupy places 13 to 16th on the grid. Jean-Eric Vergne and Max Chilton are 17th and 18th. Giedo van der Garde, Charles Pic, Jules Bianchi and Adrian Sutil complete the grid. The Force India man is starting at the back after changing his gearbox.

  • Sergio Perez failed to make it into Q2 while Paul di Resta has something to work off. The Scott has had a few shockers in recent months, but he should be able to do something from P12.

  • Nico Hulkenberg, another driver who is improving all the time, starts next to Fernando Alonso. Will the Spaniard produce one of his blistering starts to put the pressure back on Vettel? That question will be answered in just over 30 minutes. Kimi Raikkonen and Jenson Button complete the top 10.

  • Further down the grid you have Lewis Hamilton and Romain Grosjean with the latter continuing to impress following the announcement that Kimi Raikkonen is leaving at the end of the season. Behind them are Felipe Massa, who has once again outperfomed his team-mate in qualifying, and Nico Rosberg.

  • Back to the grand prix and the World Championship. Webber has been asked if he would move over to let Vettel through to claim the title. The Aussies reply was short and sweet: "No. And they won't."

  • Today's race, though, will start off on a sombre note as there will be a minute's silence for the start in memory of Maria de Villota, who died on Friday morning. Our thoughts are with her friends and family at this difficult stage.

  • All Vettel has to do is win the grand prix and have Fernando Alonso finish ninth or worse. And given Alonso's poor form on Saturday, well, it could happen.

  • Mark Webber may be starting from pole but all eyes are on Seb Vettel who could wrap up his fourth title...

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