Vettel wins in Japan... but remains cautious about F1 title

Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany, center, celebrates on the podium after winning the Japanese Formula One Grand Prix,
Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany, center, celebrates on the podium after winning the Japanese Formula One Grand Prix, Photo: Greg Baker/AP/Press Association Images

Sebastien Vettel claimed his third win in four years at the Japanese Grand Prix for the Milton Keynes based team Red Bull Racing. But he's still cautious about his chances of retaining his World drivers title.

The German never looked back after starting out in pole position at Suzuka. While Vettel claimed back-to-back victories for the first time this season, championship leader Fernando Alonso suffered a first lap puncture and had to retire. The Ferrari driver leads by just four points with five races left.

"I'm very careful. I think we had a long journey so far, and it's been a tough year," Vettel said afterwards.

"Still there are many races to go so today I don't want to talk about the championship.

"I know I finished in front of everyone today, I won the race, so I know that I scored more points than anybody else today but you don't know what happens next weekend.

'"I think there's still a long way to go and as I said, we have to focus on every single race and try to do our best and then we will see whether it's good enough

Stevenage born Lewis Hamilton finished fifth after a weekend dominated by talk regarding his impending move from McLaren to Mercedes. He's now 42 points adrift of Alonso.

"I am quite realistic, I know my situation, but the Red Bulls are going to be hard to beat," Hamilton said afterwards.

"I got some points but there is not much more I can be happy with.

"The fight is still on with Fernando not finishing so we will keep pushing."

Vettel's Red Bull teammate Mark Webber finished ninth, but he was less than impressed with Lotus driver Sebastien Grosjean after another first lap collision ended his hopes of winning.

The Frenchman hit the rear of Webber's car as the field funnelled into turn two.

''The rest of us are trying to fight for some decent results each weekend but he's trying to get to the third corner as fast as he can at every race', Webber said afterwards.

"It makes it frustrating because a few big guys obviously suffered from that today. Maybe he needs another holiday."

''How many mistakes can you make, how many times can you make the same error with first-lap incidents?"