Japanese GP: Vettel gets the hammer down

Japanese GP: Vettel gets the hammer down

Sebastian Vettel had a perfect weekend in Japan, taking a dominant win as championship rival Fernando Alonso retired. Who can stop the Red Bull driver now? AUTOSPORT reviews the weekend events from Suzuka


Practice one – Friday am

The wry smile on Sebastian Vettel's face at the end of the first free practice session for the Japanese Grand Prix gave you all the indication you might need as to where Red Bull was in terms of pace.

The world champion was only 17th fastest and nearly two seconds slower than the session pacesetter Jenson Button, and yet there was something about the poise of the RB8 on track that had one thinking it might be the car to beat through the weekend.

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