Superb Vettel dominates Suzuka’s super Sunday

Posted on October 10, 2010


Sebastian Vettel sealed a sublime Suzuka victory after dominating the field for his third win of the season.

Sebastian Vettel was unstoppable in Suzuka. Credit: Red Bull/Getty Images

The result leaves him tied on points in second place with Fernando Alonso behind Red Bull team mate Mark Webber – and it is very much looking a three horse race for the drivers’ title.

McLaren had a frustrating day, fundamentally because the car simply does not have the same pace as its rivals. Jenson Button was unable to make his alternative strategy work, while Lewis Hamilton lost third gear – after already taking a penalty for changing it.

Driver of the day was not one of the front runners. It was Kamui Kobayashi who, in front of his home Japanese crowd, who put in a swashbuckling drive, pulling off passes all over place, especially around the hairpin.

Kobayashi made pass after sensational pass. Credit: Sauber

Late on, the Japanese was still making passes despite having a damaged floor and left side after an altercation with a careless Jaime Alguersuari. It was fantastic stuff and livened up a race which was quiet after early carnage. It’s a shame the Sauber team didn’t stop him earlier and take advantage of the early work but it was great to see.

Five cars had been wiped out before the end of the first lap and the stewards may well have some penalties to apply in Korea after both Vitaly Petrov and Felipe Massa sparked unnecessary accidents and requiring an early safety car.

With three races to go, it’s very hard to see either of the British drivers at McLaren coming back into contention. They are simply too far behind with a car which is not the quickest.

There is no reason for Mark Webber not to win the title. He has a manageable lead so long as he keeps getting on the podium and if he wins any of the remaining races the title is as good as his.

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