Fernando Alonso's championship lead took a massive hit in Japan on Sunday, after the Spaniard spun into retirement at the first corner. The fact his main championship rival Sebastian Vettel went on ...

Fernando Alonso's championship lead took a massive hit in Japan on Sunday, after the Spaniard spun into retirement at the first corner.

The fact his main championship rival Sebastian Vettel went on to dominate the grand prix was therefore the worst-possible news for the Ferrari driver, whose rear tyre was cut by Kimi Raikkonen.

"I'm very sad for him," Ferrari team boss Stefano Domenicali told British broadcaster Sky.

Alonso's championship lead is therefore slashed from 29 points to just 4 with five races to go.

"5 great races coming!" Alonso announced on Twitter after his retirement.

"If the enemy thinks in the mountains, attack by sea, if they think in the sea, attack by the mountains."

Vettel dominated at Suzuka, amid reports in Germany's Auto Motor und Sport his Red Bull has been boosted this weekend by the addition of a new 'double DRS'-style rear wing.

"It means Red Bull can run more downforce to make the car faster in the corners without the consequent penalty on the straights," explained BBC technical expert Gary Anderson.

Pos

No

Driver

Team

Laps

Time/Retired

Grid

Pts

1

1

Sebastian Vettel

Red Bull Racing-Renault

53

1:28:56.242

1

25

2

6

Felipe Massa

Ferrari

53

+20.6 secs

10

18

3

14

Kamui Kobayashi

Sauber-Ferrari

53

+24.5 secs

3

15

4

3

Jenson Button

McLaren-Mercedes

53

+25.0 secs

8

12

5

4

Lewis Hamilton

McLaren-Mercedes

53

+46.4 secs

9

10

6

9

Kimi Räikkönen

Lotus-Renault

53

+50.4 secs

7

8

7

12

Nico Hulkenberg

Force India-Mercedes

53

+51.1 secs

15

6

8

18

Pastor Maldonado

Williams-Renault

53

+52.3 secs

12

4

9

2

Mark Webber

Red Bull Racing-Renault

53

+54.6 secs

2

2

10

16

Daniel Ricciardo

STR-Ferrari

53

+66.9 secs

14

1

11

7

Michael Schumacher

Mercedes

53

+67.7 secs

23

 

12

11

Paul di Resta

Force India-Mercedes

53

+83.4 secs

11

 

13

17

Jean-Eric Vergne

STR-Ferrari

53

+88.6 secs

19

 

14

19

Bruno Senna

Williams-Renault

53

+88.7 secs

16

 

15

20

Heikki Kovalainen

Caterham-Renault

52

+1 Lap

17

 

16

24

Timo Glock

Marussia-Cosworth

52

+1 Lap

18

 

17

21

Vitaly Petrov

Caterham-Renault

52

+1 Lap

22

 

18

22

Pedro de la Rosa

HRT-Cosworth

52

+1 Lap

20

 

19

10

Romain Grosjean

Lotus-Renault

51

+2 Laps

4

 

Ret

25

Charles Pic

Marussia-Cosworth

37

+16 Laps

21

 

Ret

23

Narain Karthikeyan

HRT-Cosworth

32

+21 Laps

24

 

Ret

15

Sergio Perez

Sauber-Ferrari

18

+35 Laps

5

 

Ret

5

Fernando Alonso

Ferrari

0

+53 Laps

6

 

Ret

8

Nico Rosberg

Mercedes

0

+53 Laps

13

 

Note - Schumacher dropped 10 grid spots for causing a collision at previous round; Button and Hulkenberg dropped five for unscheduled gearbox changes; Vergne dropped three for blocking Senna in Q1.

 

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