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Vettel: Fourth win at Suzuka “very rewarding”

Oct 13, 2013, 7:30 AM EDT

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Sebastian Vettel has said that his win in today’s Japanese Grand Prix was “very rewarding” as he battled back from a poor start to fight off teammate Mark Webber and Lotus’ Romain Grosjean to win the race by seven seconds on Sunday.

Vettel has been on a dominant run of form since the summer break, winning the past four races with relative ease heading into this weekend. However, it is clear that this was an important win for Red Bull and Vettel as he had to push throughout the race to make up the lost time.

“A very rewarding win today, it’s a great feeling,” Vettel said after the race. “I love this track and it’s just fantastic to win here.”

This marks Vettel’s fourth win at Suzuka in five years, but it very nearly didn’t happen after a poor start saw him drop down to third and make contact with Lewis Hamilton.

“It was a horrible start to be honest, we found ourselves sitting in third place and then tried to go longer in the first stint. I had great traction after I got past Romain and after that the only threat was Mark who got stuck behind Romain. We could then manage the gap until the end of the race.”

Vettel now heads to the Indian Grand Prix on the verge of clinching his fourth world championship, leading closest-challenger Fernando Alonso by 90 points. Therefore, if Vettel finishes in the top five (something he has done in every race he has completed this season), he will seal the title with three races to space.

  1. worknman24hours - Oct 13, 2013 at 9:18 AM

    Vettel and his Red Bull race car love doing their thing in Japan.

    And that thing is winning.

    Congrats to them for a fine race win.

    • solutionc - Oct 13, 2013 at 11:37 AM

      More a team decision than Vettel’s

      • apexassassin - Oct 13, 2013 at 12:11 PM

        Team strategy worked perfectly, though Vettel needed to put in hot laps to pull it off.

        5 wins in a row for Vettel, soon to be crowned with 4 championships, these are historic times and the final curtain call of the V8 era. Enjoy it.

  2. Jeff - Oct 13, 2013 at 12:09 PM

    Fantastic performance by Vettel.

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