Suzuka is a classic Formula 1 track, with sweeping curves it makes overtaking a real challenge and always provides us with a handful of great overtakes.
As we forced ourselves to get up early to watch the race live, little did we know how much of a game changer the 53 lap race Japanese Grand Prix would be.
Sebastian Vettel Firmly Back in the Title Race
His first place finish in Singapore put him in reaching distance of his third consecutive World Championship. Today in Japan he led from lights out to the checkered flag, to secure the first back to back win of the 2012 season. As if that wasn’t enough for him, he’s now only four points behind Championship leader Fernando Alonso.
With Alonso repeatedly saying that Ferrari need to pull their fingers out to win this years Championship, it’s looking ever more likely that Vettel will win his third World Championship this year.
Kamui Kobayashi’s Third Place Finish
With a team mate whose scored three podium finishes this year, Kamui Kobayashi was probably beginning to feel under pressure to make his first podium appearance. Where else better to make your first trip to the podium than at your home Grand Prix?
Kobayashi drove brilliant and managed to hold Jenson Button off during a nail-biting last few laps.
The Japanese crowd were ecstatic; you’d have thought he’d won the race and understandably Kobayashi looked pretty pleased too.
Felipe Massa Scores His Highest Finish of the Year
With team mate Alonso retiring on the first lap; it was Felipe Massa’s chance to show what he could do without being over shadowed by his team mate. Massa gave it his all and put in his best performance of the year, finishing second and getting his first podium finish since the 2010 Korean Grand Prix. Read the rest of this entry →