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Vettel able to clinch world championship in Japan

Oct 6, 2013, 5:30 AM EDT

Korea F1 GP Auto Racing AP

After winning the Korean Grand Prix today, Sebastian Vettel has given himself the chance to clinch his fourth world title at next weekend’s Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka.

Vettel dominated proceedings in Korea despite two safety car periods bunching the field and giving Lotus drivers Kimi Raikkonen and Romain Grosjean a chance of catching the Red Bull. Crucially for Vettel, his success coincided with Fernando Alonso’s worst result since the Monaco Grand Prix back in May as the Ferrari driver could only finish sixth.

As a result, Vettel’s lead in the drivers’ championship has been extended to 77 points with just 125 left to play for. Therefore, for the championship to be decided at Suzuka:

  • Vettel must win the Japanese Grand Prix to stand any chance of clinching his fourth title at Suzuka.
  • Alonso must finish no higher than ninth.

This would see Vettel’s lead break the 100 point mark and give him a fourth championship, joining an exclusive club of drivers with four or more titles that currently has just three members: Alain Prost (4), Juan Manuel Fangio (5) and Michael Schumacher (7).

Should Alonso finish higher than ninth, the championship race will continue to India (the race that we have predicted Vettel will be crowned champion). However, it is becoming more and more of an inevitability that the German driver will once again be celebrating come the end of the season and he will proudly wear the number ‘1’ on his car as Formula One enters a new era in 2014 with the introduction of new engines and new regulations.

  1. worknman24hours - Oct 6, 2013 at 10:44 AM

    Vettel is extremely fast in japan.

    Even the haters will be impressed.

    Vettel’s in car is worth the money to see at Japan.

  2. Jeff - Oct 6, 2013 at 1:26 PM

    I’d love to see Vettel wrap it up sooner rather than later.
    He loves Suzuka so much, it’d be cool for him to do it there.

    • apexassassin - Oct 6, 2013 at 10:08 PM

      Suzuka is a REAL driver’s circuit too… very technical and very hard to come close to the perfect lap. Plus they have very hot females, lol, so I’m down!

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