(Image credit: bradenton.com)I am absolutely delighted with the results of this weekend's Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka. Qualifying was unbelievably tense for the top five drivers in the points standing, and the race held none of the tension back. The beginning of the race saw Renault's Vitaly Petrov, Williams' Nico Hulkenberg, Ferrari's Felipe Massa and Force India's Vitantonio Liuzzi all drop out due to collisions and within lap one Robert Kubica also dropped out due to his right-rear wheel coming clean off. Unfortunate for the Renault F1 team, but the rest of the race was not disappointing in any way shape or form. The biggest driver of the day by far was Sauber's Kamui Kobayashi, who pulled off quite a spectacle for his home crowd, jumping up 7 spots before finishing in 7th place. But moving further up the list of drivers, it was the Red Bull duo of Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber that stole the show in P1 and P2 respectively. From the start of the race to the last lap, the 23 year old German absolutely dominated the race going back and forth with team mate Webber and Ferrari's Alonso to see who could get the fastest lap time.
All in all it was an absolutely amazing race that constantly kept me, and I'm sure many other fans, eagerly on the look out for the next major development in the race. With RBR Renault taking two podiums, the driver standings are looking much, much more exciting for Mark Webber, Sebastian Vettel and Fernando Alonso. Mark Webber securely retains his lead in the standings with a 14 point lead over Fernando Alonso, and fellow team mate Sebastian Vettel. On that note, Sebastial Vettel has made an unbelievable resurgence into the top 3 of the driver standings. Hard to believe that 3 races ago he was barely hanging on in 5th place, and not he is tied for second with 2 time World Champion Fernando Alonso. If there is one driver to look out for in the coming years, it is him.
If you watched the Japanese GP, I hope you enjoyed. If not, I hope you enjoyed the post. Cheers!