Sunday, October 7, 2012

Alonso Crash Blows F1 Title Race Open

Alonso Crash Blows F1 Title Race Open, Sebastian Vettel took advantage after Fernando Alonso crashed on the first corner of the Japanese GP. Vettel wins in Japan as Alonso crashes out, The reigning champion is now just four points behind with five races to go, and has momentum on his side after back to back victories. Felipe Massa came through from 10th on the grid to second for his first podium finish in nearly two years. But for the home crowd everything was insignificant compared to Kamui Kobayashi fending off Jenson Button for his maiden F1 podium in third place, as he equalled the best ever finish for a Japanese driver.

Vettel's third Suzuka victory in four starts at the venue came easily as several likely challengers were eliminated in a chaotic first lap. The carnage began when Alonso's Ferrari and Kimi Raikkonen's Lotus banged wheels on the run to the first corner. That caused damage to the Ferrari and left it spinning into the sand trap. Kobayashi had thrust his Sauber between the Red Bulls off the line, and things then got much worse for Mark Webber when Romain Grosjean slid into him at the second corner. The Lotus driver picked up front wing damage and a 10-second stop/go penalty, while Webber was spun to the back and needed a pitstop for checks.


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