Red Bull one-two as Webber opens up lead

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The start of the Japanese Grand Prix – and there's already carnage!

Red Bull Racing has creamed the Formula One field, taking a one-two result at the Japanese Grand Prix today.

Sebastian Vettel led home his team-mate Mark Webber, who opened up the gap to his rivals in the world title.

With three rounds of the world championship to go, the Australian is now even closer to an historic world title win.

But there are no certainies – all five championship contenders finished in the top five positions – it is still anyone’s game.

In a chaotic race, Webber finished just 0.9s behind Vetterl, with Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso in third place.

Vettel’s win has elevated him to joint second in the title with Alonso, 14 points behind Webber.

Jenson Button’s decision to qualify on the harder ‘prime’ Bridgestone tyre paid off with fourth place, finishing ahead of McLaren team-mate Lewis Hamilton who lost third gear towards the end of the race.

The race began with a number of incidents. Vitaly Petrov hit a slow starting Nico Hulkenberg, pitching the Renault into the wall. Then in the first corner Ferrari’s Felipe Massa made a wild run down the inside of Hulkenberg, before spearing across the road to crash into and take off fast-starting Force India of Vitantonio Liuzzi on the outside of Turn One. Hulkenberg was also involved, so four cars joined non-starter Lucas di Grassi, who had a big crash at 130R during his out lap on the way to the grid.

Then, while the Safety Car controlled the race for the first six laps, Robert Kubica’s brilliant start to run second, ahead of Webber, came to naught when he dropped out at the hairpin on the second lap when his Renault threw its right-rear wheel.

Pos Driver Team Laps Time/Retired Grid
1 Sebastian Vettel RBR-Renault 53 Winner 1
2 Mark Webber RBR-Renault 53 +0.9 secs 2
3 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 53 +2.7 secs 4
4 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 53 +13.5 secs 5
5 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 53 +39.5 secs 8
6 Michael Schumacher Mercedes GP 53 +59.9 secs 10
7 Kamui Kobayashi BMW Sauber-Ferrari 53 +64.0 secs 14
8 Nick Heidfeld BMW Sauber-Ferrari 53 +69.6 secs 11
9 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 53 +70.8 secs 7
10 Sebastien Buemi STR-Ferrari 53 +72.8 secs 18
11 Jaime Alguersuari STR-Ferrari 52 +1 Lap 16
12 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Cosworth 52 +1 Lap 20
13 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Cosworth 51 +2 Laps 19
14 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 51 +2 Laps 22
15 Bruno Senna HRT-Cosworth 51 +2 Laps 23
16 Sakon Yamamoto HRT-Cosworth 50 +3 Laps 24
17 Nico Rosberg Mercedes GP 47 +6 Laps 6
Ret Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 44 +9 Laps 15
Ret Robert Kubica Renault 2 +51 Laps 3
Ret Nico Hulkenberg Williams-Cosworth 0 Accident 9
Ret Felipe Massa Ferrari 0 Accident 12
Ret Vitaly Petrov Renault 0 Accident 13
Ret Vitantonio Liuzzi Force India-Mercedes 0 Accident 17
Ret Lucas di Grassi Virgin-Cosworth 0 +53 Laps 21

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