Zeenews Sports Bureau
Tokyo: McLaren’s Jenson Button fended off brutal competition to emerge as the winner of the Japanese GP 2011. He was sensational despite the stiff fight shown by the other two podium finishers, Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso and Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel.
Alonso was second on a day where his team mate Felipe Massa was involved in another crash with McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton.
However, the highlight of the day was the becoming of the youngest double F1 world champion in Sebastian Vettel who was aptly serenaded by his Red Bull compatriots after his podium finish today, Sunday. He will now end the year as the number one driver even if he does not gather a point from the remaining four races.
The race positions were a bit misleading in the 39th and 40th lap with Michael Schumacher in the lead, but that was because he had only two stops. This was the first time that Schumacher led a race since the Japanese GP in 2006.
Button was second and Alonso third at the juncture as Vettel was told by his team to try to get to the end of the race on his same tyres.
Things became more coherent in the 43rd lap for Japanese GP fans as Button, Alonso and Vettel went into a three way battle to decide on the champion for the day.
Button kept the lead and was going strong in the 32nd lap as the DRS powered racers to get their cases heard as well. The fiercest battle was between the first three drivers but Force India’s Adrian Sutil too made heads turn with his aggressive try in the same lap to take the eleventh position.
The Japanese GP 2011 belted out another fiercely competed race as McLaren’s Jenson Button leading the race at mid-way and was followed by Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel and Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso.
The safety car was brought out in the twenty fourth lap in order for the circuit crew to clear the track off debris that could have proved dangerous for the racers after Hamilton and Massa clashed again in the 22nd lap. The stewards will definitely look into the incident.
Vettel lead the pack at the end of twenty laps but fell back by a bit after a pit stop. He was followed in the heels by McLaren’s Jenson Button and Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso with both the racers making Vettel earn every nano-second over themselves.
In lap seven, Vettel lead from Button and Hamilton in an aggressive move but the stewards decided to take no further action on the incident.
After the race, Fernando Alonso congratulated Vettel, the 2011 world champion saying, "Congratulations to Sebastian. It was a fun race from the start, there was a lot of tyre degradation, we picked the right place to stop and we had the pace today to fight with Red bull and McLaren. It's good for the team that we came back to a good level here. It means a lot for next year too."
Jenson Button was visibly happy for his show and said, "This circuit is very special to all of us so to get a victory here in front of this Japanese crowd means a lot. This gives us a lot of motivation. To see three cars in a few seconds shows how competitive F1 is right now."