That’s the Japanese Grand Prix done then.
Unfortunately for Mark Webber he didn’t manage to do the best of his pole position, so he had to settle for silver at his last F1 outing on the Japanese track. His teammate Sebastian Vettel on the other hand did a splendid race and managed to score yet another victory. But since Fernando Alonso managed to finish better than p9 the championship mathematically lives on to at least India in two weeks time.
Lotus’ Romain Grosjean finished on a very well deserved 3rd step on the podium. He drove a brilliant race of which he was in the lead for quite some laps. Lewis Hamilton’s race ended in tragedy right after the start when he nudged Sebastian Vettel and had to retire just a handful of laps into the race.
Sauber-driver Esteban Gutierrez did a pretty good race as well and finished just behind his teammate Nico Hülkenberg in a 7th position. So maybe he will keep his seat in the Suisse team. According to Martin Brundle on SkyF1 it appears that Hülkenberg already has signed for another team, but was prohibited to tell which. Personally I hope that he will land the seat in Lotus that Kimi is leaving when he goes back to Scuderia Ferrari next year.