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Oct 16

Japanese GP Recap – F1 2013

Japanese GP 2013

What’s more predictable than the 2013 F1 season? Not much apparently, as a certain German once again powered his way to a win at the Japanese GP.  Despite the predictable outcome there was some great racing in Japan so click the link to check out a few pictures and our completely biased commentary on the Japanese GP.

Japanese GP 2013

With his typical Friday and Saturday dominance few doubted that Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel would continue his mid season win streak.  With a slight KERS problem and teammate Mark Webber sitting in pole position F1 commentators were predicting a possible upset for the three time Champion.

In the end that wasn’t to be the case.  Vettel went on to win his fifth race in a row and he draws ever closer to clinching the title for a fourth consecutive year. While Vettel once again showed impressive dominance it wasn’t without some challenge from both his teammate and a surprisingly quick Lotus driven by Romain Grosjean.

Japanese GP 2013

With a strong start and some very impressive pace the Frenchman took the lead when the flag dropped and he opened a slight gap on the chasing pair of Red Bulls lead by a charging Webber.  Grosjean lead for about half the race and even in the later stages he looked strongly in contention for at least second place until Webber snuck past him for second place on the second to last lap.

Japanese GP 2013

Webber showed very good pace all weekend and after securing pole position many were anticipating an extended battle between the contentious RedBull teammates.  The early laps proved that Webber might have had the better of Vettel but an surprisingly early first pitstop and an unusually late final stop added much to the speculation that Webber wasn’t allowed to finish ahead of Vettel.  The fact that Red Bull is Vettel’s team has never been in doubt but the shear amount of bad luck that seems to fall on Webber, especially in the form of mechanical problems, seems suspicious to many F1 fans and pundits.

Japanese GP 2013

While Vettel managed another win his rivals were left struggling with traffic and each other.  Surprisingly, both Alonso and Raikkonen had nowhere near the pace of the podium finishers.  With Alonso finishing 4th, with Raikkonen 2 seconds behind in 5th, Vettel was not able to clinch the championship at the Japanese GP.  Even though the championship continues at the next race in India, Alonso and the other contenders have resigned themselves to the fact that Vettel will more than likely take the championship in the near future.

Japanese GP 2013

With the driver’s championship all but sewn up most teams are now focusing on their standings in the manufacturer championship.  With millions of dollars on the table the top teams will be fighting hard for the rest of the season.

Mercedes will be looking for more points in India after a horrible race at the Japanese GP.  Hamilton’s tire was cut inSuzuka’s the typical first corner fracas, which also claimed a Marussia and a Caterham, and he was forced to retire with suspension damage.  Later in the race Rosberg was given an undeserved drive through penalty, after an incident with McLaren’s Perez, and he was only able to finish 8th.  With Alonso finishing 4th Mercedes is now 10 points behind Ferrari in the manufacturers standings. Those ten points are worth about $10 million dollars so the next four races should see quite a bit of competition between the two factory teams.

Japanese GP 2013

That wraps up our quick recap of the Japanese GP.  As always check out the official F1 site for more F1 news and information than you’ll know what to do with and we leave you with a small gallery of images from Suzuka and the Japanese GP.