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Formula 1 - Race 15 Suzuka, Japan

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Victory in Japan

With this week's race being held in Japan, it meant that for one of the rare moments of the season this part of the world got a race at a decent time of the day. The race started at 6pm, which is a much better time to watch than 1am like last week's race.

Qualifying got under way with Sebastian Vettel leading all three sessions and picking up another pole for himself and his Red Bull Racing team. His team mate Mark Webber never even entered qualifying, which pretty much guaranteed a terrible race which would not only kill any chance of him fighting for the championship but also severely dent the chance of his team fighting for the Constructor's trophy. Jarno Trulli of Toyota picked up 2nd place and defending world champion and last week's race winner, Lewis Hamilton, picked up 3rd place.  Jenson Button, the current championship leader, could only manage 7th and his closest rival and team mate Rubens Barrichello, picked up 5th place.

The race itself didn’t deviate all that much from the qualifying, with Vettel, Trulli and Hamilton all finishing in their respective starting positions. Vettel picked up another win, which has helped his chances of still fighting for the championship, but with Button picking up 8th and Barrichello 7th means they both picked up enough points to keep not only their team number one on the Constructor's championship but they have kept themselves in a strong position with 2 races remaining.

So with two races left Button holds a 14 point lead over his team mate Barrichello, who in turn holds a two point lead over Vettel. So with a maximum 20 points on offer for two victories to come there is still a chance that Button could be caught by either of the two drivers below him. At this stage, however, you would have to say he’s sitting in a rather nice position for the rest of the season. But if this season so far has taught us anything it’s that anything can happen and to never get complacent.


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