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Vettel Wins the Japanese Grand Prix

Here we are again, another race and yet another victory for Sebastian Vettel.

We came soo close to finally having a different race winner, but yet again Vettel managed to end up on the top step of the podium.

Red Bull, as always, gave Vettel the better strategy that allowed him to come through from third position.

Mark Webber, who had started from pole position, was made to do a three-stop strategy. This decision meant that Webber fell behind both Vettel and Romain Grosjean in the later stages of the race.

Red Bull: Sebastian Vettel held off team-mate Mark Webber to win in Japan

Vettel has won yet again in Japan

In the end, Webber was able to get the better of Grosjean and finish in second place, but I can imagine that he was not happy about how the race panned out.

It was a good performance form Grosjean, who is finally beginning to show his potential after a couple of questionable seasons in the Lotus. The Frenchman has really stepped up since Kimi Raikkonen announced that he would be leaving the Lotus team.

Off the podium, Fernando Alonso produced a great race-day performance to convert eighth on the grid to a fourth place finish. Alonso is constantly getting the best out of a car that isn’t that great… Proving that he is the best driver on the grid!

Alonso’s teammate in 2014, Kimi Raikkonen, finished just behind him in fifth after finally getting the better of Nico Hulkenberg late on.

Hulkenberg has been putting in some impressive drives as of late and the German has to be on the radar of the Lotus team to replace Raikkonen in 2014.

It was a bad day for Lewis Hamilton, with the 2008 world champion suffering his first retirement as a Mercedes driver. Hamilton had a great start to the race but got squashed between the two Red Bulls, causing slight contact between himself and Vettel.

Podium: Webber finished second with Lotus' Romain Grosjean in third

Mark Webber and Romain Grosjean joined Vettel on the podium

This led to Hamilton suffering a puncture and also damage to the floor of the Mercedes. The Brit tried to get his car back up and running but a break issue then led to his retirement.

What today’s race means is that Vettel now only needs to finish inside the top five at the Indian Grand Prix. Lets face it, he is going to do that.

I think that everybody has now accepted that Vettel is going to win a fourth straight title, even his nearest title rival, Fernando Alonso.

When asked if he still has a chance, Alonso told the BBC: “No I don’t think so, I think even if Sebastian retires from all four races, I need to win all four. When it is mathematically impossible we will congratulate him.”

We can all hope that the battle behind Vettel can remain entertaining for the rest of the season, especially with the constructors championship being tightly contested between Ferrari, Mercedes and Lotus.

Roll on 2014 is all I can say right now!

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