Japanese Grand Prix

  • Talented Gutierrez finally makes his point in Japanese GP 14-10-2013 09:28 AM

    Suzuka: Mexican Esteban Gutierrez was a talent waiting to explode and Sunday's Japanese Grand Prix vindicated Sauber's faith in him with his first points in Formula One, according to team principal Monisha Kaltenborn. The first rookie to appear on the scoresheets this season, at the 15th attempt, Gutierrez made his...
  • Sergio Perez has issues, says Nico Rosberg 13-10-2013 08:32 PM

    Suzuka: Nico Rosberg criticised Sergio Perez's driving after a clash with McLaren's Mexican driver on the track at Sunday's Japanese Grand Prix following a near-miss in the pitlane. The German, in the Mercedes, was angered by Perez's defensive tactics when he tried to overtake the Mexican for eighth place. The...
  • Romain Grosjean no longer Suzuka's 'first lap nutcase' 13-10-2013 08:02 PM

    Suzuka: No longer the 'first lap nutcase' of 2012, Romain Grosjean was dreaming of his first Formula One victory at the Japanese Grand Prix on Sunday before Red Bull provided an unwelcome wake-up call. The Frenchman made a storming start for Lotus from fourth on the grid to seize the...
  • Force India return pointless at Japanese Grand Prix 13-10-2013 06:46 PM

    Suzuka: Sahara Force India returned pointless for the second consecutive time as Paul di Resta and Adrian Sutil on Sunday finished a disappointing 11th and 14th, respectively at the Japanese Grand Prix Formula One race. Di Resta, who started 12th at the grid, didn't have best of the start but...
  • Points record gives Fernando Alonso something to celebrate 13-10-2013 04:26 PM

    Suzuka: Ferrari's Fernando Alonso took more comfort in knocking Michael Schumacher off his perch as Formula One's all-time top points scorer on Sunday than in keeping the championship mathematically open for two more weeks. The Spaniard's fourth place in the Japanese Grand Prix meant Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel, winner for...
  • Red Bull's Vettel wins Japanese GP, title has to wait 13-10-2013 01:19 PM

    Suzuka Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel won the Japanese Grand Prix on Sunday but will have to wait to seal a fourth-straight Formula One title as nearest rival Fernando Alonso finished fourth. Vettel surged into the lead on the 41st lap and led a Red Bull one-two ahead of teammate...
  • Fernando Alonso says his focus is Mercedes, not Sebastian Vettel 12-10-2013 04:03 PM

    Suzuka: Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel is sure to win this year's Formula One title and Ferrari's focus is now on finishing ahead of Mercedes in the constructors' championship, Fernando Alonso said on Saturday. Vettel enjoys a 77 point lead over the Spaniard and can secure his fourth successive championship if...
  • Di Resta secures P12 in Suzuka qualifying, Sutil 17 12-10-2013 03:55 PM

    Suzuka: Sahara Force India had mixed results in the qualifying for Japanese Grand Prix as Paul Di Resta qualified in 12th place while Adrian Sutil secured P17 but was pushed back to 20th on the grid following a grid-penalty. Sutil was handed a five-place grid penalty for an unscheduled change...
  • Webber takes pole for Japanese GP, Vettel second 12-10-2013 12:04 PM

    Suzuka: Red Bull driver Mark Webber claimed pole position on Saturday for the Japanese Grand Prix, outqualifying his teammate and runaway Formula One championship leader Sebastian Vettel for the first time this season. Webber clocked a time of 1 minute, 30.915 seconds at the Suzuka circuit, edging Vettel, who was...
  • Webber fastest in final practice for Japanese GP 12-10-2013 10:11 AM

    Suzuka: Red Bull driver Mark Webber set the fastest time in final practice for the Japanese Grand Prix while team-mate and runaway championship leader Sebastian Vettel sat out the last 20 minutes with a KERS power-boost problem and was ninth ahead of qualifying later Saturday. Webber's lap of 1 minute...
  • Vettel slowed by KERS battery problem 12-10-2013 09:58 AM

    Suzuka: Red Bull's Mark Webber was fastest in Saturday's final practice for the Japanese Grand Prix after world champion team-mate Sebastian Vettel was sidelined by a KERS battery problem. Vettel, who can secure his fourth successive Formula One title in Sunday's race if he wins and Ferrari's Fernando Alonso fails...
  • Williams fined 60,000 euros for loose wheel 11-10-2013 04:34 PM

    Suzuka: Williams were fined 60,000 euros on Friday after a wheel came off Pastor Maldonado's car during Japanese Grand Prix practice. Formula One stewards said in a statement that the incident, in which the rear left wheel bounced across the track, was regarded as a serious safety issue. "Examination of...
  • Sebastian Vettel fastest in second practice at Japanese GP 11-10-2013 01:06 PM

    Suzuka: Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel had the fastest time in Friday's practice for the Japanese Formula One Grand Prix, indicating the German is in a good position to clinch his fourth straight championship in Sunday's race. Vettel's time of 1 minute and 33.852 seconds around the Suzuka circuit was...
  • Vettel says dominance of F1 not turning off fans 11-10-2013 10:56 AM

    Suzuka: On the verge of claiming his fourth straight Formula One title, Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel doesn't think his overwhelming dominance has made the sport less interesting for fans. Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton was quoted after Sunday's Korean Grand Prix as suggesting that Vettel's dominance risks putting fans to...
  • Hamilton leads Mercedes one-two in Japanese GP first practice 11-10-2013 09:16 AM

    Suzuka: Lewis Hamilton led a Mercedes one-two at the top of the timesheets on Friday in practice for what could be a title-deciding Japanese Grand Prix. Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel, who will secure his fourth successive Formula One championship if he wins on Sunday and Ferrari's Fernando Alonso fails to...
  • Vettel aiming to clinch title at Japanese GP 09-10-2013 02:04 PM

    Tokyo: The calculations are simple for Sebastien Vettel as he chases victory in the Japanese Grand Prix to secure a fourth straight Formula One championship. If Vettel wins at Suzuka on Sunday, and his nearest rival Fernando Alonso finishes worse than eighth, the German driver will join his compatriot Michael...
  • Suzuka to host Japanese Grand Prix to 2018 23-08-2013 10:41 PM

    Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium: Suzuka will continue to host the Japanese Grand Prix until 2018, organisers said on Friday after reaching a deal with Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone. Hiroshi Soda, president of the Mobilityland Corporation that runs the Honda-owned circuit, said in a statement that a formal contract had been signed...
  • Vettel will only get better: Red Bull team boss 12-10-2011 05:00 AM

    Suzuka: Sebastian Vettel became Formula One's youngest double world champion at Suzuka on Sunday but Red Bull team boss Christian Horner has already pinpointed two areas where the German could improve next season. "He still needs to work on some of his English jokes and some of his haircuts have...
  • Massa calls for FIA to get tough with Hamilton 12-10-2011 04:57 AM

    Suzuka: Ferrari's Felipe Massa called on Formula One's governing body to get tough with McLaren's Lewis Hamilton after the pair clashed yet again on track at the Japanese Grand Prix on Sunday. The pair, who have collided already this season in Monaco and Singapore, had a coming together at the...
  • McLaren can do a Red Bull, says Button 10-10-2011 07:43 PM

    Suzuka: Jenson Button hopes McLaren can take a leaf out of Red Bull's book by chalking up a string of season-ending victories to start next year on a high. Red Bull ended the 2009 Formula One season with three wins in a row and they closed out 2010 with two...
  • Record-breaking Vettel savours second title 10-10-2011 01:53 PM

    Yokohama: Newly-crowned 2011 Formula One champion Sebastian Vettel, the youngest racer ever to win two straight driving titles, can't afford to sit too long on his laurels - his next race is less than a week away. But, he says, that doesn't mean he can't spare some time to savour...
  • Button delights in 'home' Japanese win 10-10-2011 01:47 PM

    Suzuka: Jenson Button reduced his girlfriend to tears on Sunday with a Japanese Grand Prix victory he hailed as one of the most special of his Formula One career. Even if the McLaren driver's joy was eclipsed by the celebrations at Red Bull for Sebastian Vettel's second successive championship, his...
  • Vettel title puts him up with the F1 greats 10-10-2011 12:32 PM

    Suzuka: In becoming Formula One's youngest two-title winner, Sebastian Vettel is now fit to be compared to some of the sport's greatest drivers. Vettel finished third at the Japanese Grand Prix on Sunday, a result that allowed the 24-year-old Red Bull driver to wrap up his second straight championship with...
  • Vettel win sparks celebrations in home town 10-10-2011 12:04 PM

    Heppenheim, Germany: Formula One fans descended on Sebastian Vettel's home town on Sunday to celebrate the 24-year-old German becoming the sport's youngest ever two-time champion. Despite the race starting at 7 a.m. local time, Heppenheim became "Vettelheim" for the day as thousands gathered in front of giant screens to watch...
  • Double champion Vettel fulfills potential 10-10-2011 10:33 AM

    Sebastian Vettel is living up to the early promise he showed in his career, as the German became F1's youngest ever two-time champion on Sunday. ...
  • No points for Force India's Sutil, Di Resta 09-10-2011 07:03 PM

    Suzuka: Force India returned empty-handed from the Japanese Formula One Grand Prix after Adrian Sutil and Paul Di Resta finished a disappointing 11th and 12th respectively here on Sunday. Starting on the 11th and 12th positions on the grid, both Sutil and Di Resta failed to better their performances, on...
  • 'Crash Kid' Vettel is now Mr Consistent 09-10-2011 04:21 PM

    Suzuka: Sebastian Vettel has gone from 'Crash Kid' to coronation as Formula One's youngest double world champion in little more than a year. The Red Bull driver, who in Japan on Sunday became only the ninth man to celebrate back-to-back titles, looks just the same as the cheeky-grinned youngster who...
  • In pics: Japanese Grand Prix 09-10-2011 03:16 PM

    Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel tosses his trophy in the air after finishing third in the Japanese GP to clinch the F1 driver's championship. (AP Photo)Sebastian Vettel celebrates on the podium with race winner Jenson Button of McLaren after the Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka. (Getty Images)Sebastian Vettel shows number one signs after finishing third in the Japanese Grand Prix to clinch the Formula One drivers championship. (AP Photo)
  • Button wins Japanese GP, Vettel clinches title 09-10-2011 01:17 PM

    Suzuka: Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel clinched back-to-back Formula One drivers' championships by finishing third in Sunday's Japanese Grand Prix won by McLaren's Jenson Button. Button, who started from the front row alongside pole-sitter Vettel, took the checkered flag at the Suzuka circuit for his third win of the season,...
  • F1 comes together for Japan tsunami victims 09-10-2011 10:14 AM

    Suzuka: A glove puppet in the image of Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone proved a hit at the Japanese Grand Prix on Friday as Formula One mobilised to help victims of the country's March earthquake and tsunami. Ecclestone's right-hand man Pasquale Lattuneddu told Reuters that the proceeds from the sale...