Sebastian Vettel wins the 2012 F1 Japanese Grand Prix
Sebastian Vettel started on pole and won the race which he dominated.
The Suzuka circuit is 5.807 kilometer long and this being the 50th grand prix staged at that circuit, there was no dearth of drama. Sebastian Vettel could stay ahead of the collisions caused by crash prone Roman Grosjean as well as Bruno Senna.
Romain Grosjean hit Mark Webber ruining his race. Mark had to pit for a new nose for his car. Romain Grosjean was handed over a 10 second stop go penalty. This shows that he has not learn’t anything from his ban and it is time FIA takes a strong view of this incident and bans him for a season from Formula One.
Fernando Alonso, the championship leader was also out in the first lap. Intitially it appeared as a puncture and later Ferrari confirmed that a gentle tap from behind by Kimi Raikkonen resulted in a puncture that resulted in Alonso out of the race. Bruno Senna took out Nico Rosberg and was later slapped with a drive through penalty. He is another driver, Williams has to get rid of at the end of the season despite his famous surname attracting sponsorships from Brazil.
Felipe Massa who is in danger of losing his drive at Ferrari this year, made the most of the situation and drove up and finished the race at second position. This was his first podium since Korean Grand Prix in 2010.
Michael Schumacher who started at 23rd position due to his 10 place grid penalty just finished outside the points at 11th position. Daniel Ricciardo gets credit for holding Michael Schumacher off for the 10th position. Michael Schumacher said that "I couldn't get past him because the Toro Rosso was so quick in the straights. That's why we have to say we couldn't have got much more out of it today. Now let's see how things go in Korea."
Narain Karthikeyan retired on Lap 35. Romain Grosjean retired in the last lap.
Sebastian Vettel winning the F1 Japanese Grand Prix changes the championship position.
F1 Japanese Grand Prix Results:
1. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull
2. Felipe Massa Ferrari
3. Kamui Kobayashi Sauber
4. Jenson Button McLaren
5. Lewis Hamilton McLaren
6. Kimi Raikkonen Lotus
7. Nico Hulkenberg Force India
8. Pastor Maldonado Williams
9. Mark Webber Red Bull
10. Daniel Ricciardo Torro Rosso
11. Michael Schumacher Mercedes
12. Paul di Resta Force India
13. Jean-Eric Vergne Torro Rosso
14. Bruno Senna Williams
15. Heikki Kovalainen Caterham
16. Timo Glock Marussia
17. Vitaly Petrov Caterham
18. Pedro de la Rosa HRT
Romain Grosjean Lotus
Charles Pic Marussia
Narain Karthikeyan HRT
Sergio Perez Sauber
Fernando Alonso Ferrari
Nico Rosberg Mercedes