x Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 22 January 2018

How it happened: Vettel's Japanese triumph

Sebastian Vettel leads from start to finish at Suzuka as Jenson Button fails to close out the championship race.

Sebastian Vettel kept alive his outside chance of winning the Formula One world championship after the Red Bull driver led from pole to win the Japanese Grand Prix. The German crossed the line 4.8 seconds ahead of Jarno Trulli's Toyota with Lewis Hamilton grabbing third for McLaren. Vettel's third win of the season now leaves him 16 points behind the leader Jenson Button after the Englishman finished eighth, while Rubens Barrichello is 14 adrift of his Brawn GP teammate having crossed the line seventh. Find out how the race unfolded with our text commentary below.