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Vettel Closes on Title with Suzuka Victory

Sebastian Vettel took a giant leap towards a fourth successive world title after claiming a fourth win at Suzuka in five years. The German came into the race knowing that if he won and title rival Fernando Alonso finished lower than eighth he would be champion. But it was never really a realistic scenario as Alonso drove an assured race to finish fourth to make Vettel wait until India. It had looked for a while as if Romain Grosjean may take a maiden race win after the Lotus driver made a superb start to jump into the lead on the first lap from fourth on the grid. But an early second stop meant he had to drive a long stint on his final set of hard compound tyres to the end of the race and Vettel, on the softer compound, ghosted past with 12...

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