The 55 lap race wasn’t without action though as a tyre failure on Sergio Perez’s McLaren and a fire on Mark Webber’s car brought out two safety cars.
Vettel closing in on fourth consecutive world championship
The triple world champion controlled the race perfectly to take his fourth consecutive win. With a 77 point gap between him and closest rival Fernando Alonso it’s possible for Vettel to take his fourth world championship in Japan should the Spaniard finish the race below ninth place.
Fantastic performance from Nico Hulkenberg
For many fans their driver of the day was undoubtedly Nico Hulkenberg who finished in fourth place taking the team’s highest finish of the season.
We saw some fantastic battles as Hulkenberg fended off Lewis Hamilton. After the race the young German thanked the team for producing such a good car.
“A big thank you to the entire team for providing such an excellent car today”
Action in the midfield
There wasn’t much jostling for first position but there was plenty of action to be seen up and down the field.
The marshalling was farcical.
Following Sergio Perez’s front right delamination it took them a few laps to remove a chunk of tyre and to sweep up the debris.
Secondly a fire marshals car was sent out onto the circuit without consulting Race Director Charlie Whiting. Thankfully the drivers recognised the problem and slowed down accordingly.
Double retirement for Toro Rosso and Force India
Towards the end of the race both Toro Rosso drivers were told to retire after a mechanical part failed on both of their cars.
Neither Force India drivers saw the chequered flag after Paul di Resta spun off at Turn 12 and Adrian Sutil retired his car a handful of laps before the end of the race.
More bad luck for Mark Webber
On lap 36 Adrian Sutil made contact with Mark Webber forcing him off track. Seconds later flames were seen pouring from the Australian’s car, despite that Webber didn’t seem in too much of a hurry to get out or move away from the car.
His race was also hampered after he suffered a puncture caused by driving over debris from Perez’s tyre.
After the race he told SkySports F1, “I think I got a Pirelli puncture off a Pirelli tyre. Impressive”.
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