• Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany leads the field into turn one at the start of the Japanese Formula One Grand Prix at the Suzuka Circuit in Suzuka, Japan, Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012. (AP Photo/Greg Baker)

  • Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany leads the field into turn one as Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso of Spain spins off the track at the start of the Japanese Formula One Grand Prix at the Suzuka Circuit in Suzuka, Japan, Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)
  • Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso of Spain spins off the track at the start of the Japanese Formula One Grand Prix at the Suzuka Circuit in Suzuka, Japan, Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)
  • Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso of Spain spins off the track at the start of the Japanese Formula One Grand Prix at the Suzuka Circuit in Suzuka, Japan, Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)
  • Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso of Spain spins off the track at the start of the Japanese Formula One Grand Prix at the Suzuka Circuit in Suzuka, Japan, Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)
  • Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso of Spain spins off the track at the start of the Japanese Formula One Grand Prix at the Suzuka Circuit in Suzuka, Japan, Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)
  • Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso of Spain spins off the track at the start of the Japanese Formula One Grand Prix at the Suzuka Circuit in Suzuka, Japan, Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)
  • SUZUKA, JAPAN - OCTOBER 07: Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and McLaren locks his brakes during the Japanese Formula One Grand Prix at the Suzuka Circuit on October 7, 2012 in Suzuka, Japan. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
  • SUZUKA, JAPAN - OCTOBER 07: Sergio Perez of Mexico and Sauber F1 spins off during the Japanese Formula One Grand Prix at the Suzuka Circuit on October 7, 2012 in Suzuka, Japan. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
  • SUZUKA, JAPAN - OCTOBER 07: Felipe Massa of Brazil and Ferrari drives during the Japanese Formula One Grand Prix at the Suzuka Circuit on October 7, 2012 in Suzuka, Japan. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
  • SUZUKA, JAPAN - OCTOBER 07: Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Red Bull Racing drives on his way to winning the Japanese Formula One Grand Prix at the Suzuka Circuit on October 7, 2012 in Suzuka, Japan. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
  • SUZUKA, JAPAN - OCTOBER 07: Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Red Bull Racing drives during the Japanese Formula One Grand Prix at the Suzuka Circuit on October 7, 2012 in Suzuka, Japan. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
  • Cars make their way around the circuit behind the safety car following a crash at the start of the Japanese Formula One Grand Prix at the Suzuka Circuit in Suzuka, Japan, Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)
  • Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany leads the field in the early laps on his way to winning the Japanese Formula One Grand Prix at the Suzuka Circuit in Suzuka, Japan, Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012. (AP Photo/Itsuo Inouye)
  • Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany steers his car through the chicane during the Japanese Formula One Grand Prix at the Suzuka Circuit in Suzuka, Japan, Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)
  • SUZUKA, JAPAN - OCTOBER 07: Felipe Massa of Brazil and Ferrari drives during the Japanese Formula One Grand Prix at the Suzuka Circuit on October 7, 2012 in Suzuka, Japan. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
  • Sauber driver Sergio Perez of Mexico goes wide at turn one during the Japanese Formula One Grand Prix at the Suzuka Circuit in Suzuka, Japan, Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)
  • Ferrari driver Felipe Massa of Brazil takes a corner on his way to second place in the Japanese Formula One Grand Prix at the Suzuka Circuit in Suzuka, Japan, Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012. (AP Photo/Itsuo Inouye)
  • Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany takes a corner on his way to winning the Japanese Formula One Grand Prix at the Suzuka Circuit in Suzuka, Japan, Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012. (AP Photo/Itsuo Inouye)
  • Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany celebrates on his victory lap after winning the Japanese Formula One Grand Prix at the Suzuka Circuit in Suzuka, Japan, Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012. (AP Photo/Itsuo Inouye)
  • McLaren driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain takes a corner during the Japanese Formula One Grand Prix at the Suzuka Circuit in Suzuka, Japan, Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012. (AP Photo/Greg Baker)
  • Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany takes a corner on his way to winning the Japanese Formula One Grand Prix at the Suzuka Circuit in Suzuka, Japan, Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012. (AP Photo/Greg Baker)
  • Sauber driver Kamui Kobayashi of Japan takes a corner during the Japanese Formula One Grand Prix at the Suzuka Circuit in Suzuka, Japan, Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012. (AP Photo/Greg Baker)
  • Sauber driver Kamui Kobayashi of Japan takes a corner on his way to third place in the Japanese Formula One Grand Prix at the Suzuka Circuit in Suzuka, Japan, Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012. (AP Photo/Greg Baker)
  • Sauber driver Kamui Kobayashi of Japan is congratulated by his team after his third place finish at the Japanese Formula One Grand Prix at the Suzuka Circuit in Suzuka, Japan, Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)
  • Japanese fans celebrate as Sauber driver Kamui Kobayashi of Japan speaks on the podium after taking third place in the Japanese Formula One Grand Prix at the Suzuka Circuit in Suzuka, Japan, Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012. (AP Photo/Greg Baker)
  • Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany, center, celebrates on the podium after winning the Japanese Formula One Grand Prix, as third placed Sauber driver Kamui Kobayashi of Japan looks on, and second placed Ferrari driver Felipe Massa of Brazil receives his trophy, at the Suzuka Circuit in Suzuka, Japan, Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012. (AP Photo/Greg Baker)
  • Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany, center, celebrates on the podium after winning the Japanese Formula One Grand Prix, with second placed Ferrari driver Felipe Massa of Brazil, left, and third placed Sauber driver Kamui Kobayashi of Japan, at the Suzuka Circuit in Suzuka, Japan, Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012. (AP Photo/Greg Baker)
  • Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany, right, celebrates on the podium after winning the Japanese Formula One Grand Prix, with second placed Ferrari driver Felipe Massa of Brazil, at the Suzuka Circuit in Suzuka, Japan, Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012. (AP Photo/Greg Baker)
  • SUZUKA, JAPAN - OCTOBER 07: Race winner Sebastian Vettel (L) of Germany and Red Bull Racing congratulates third placed Kamui Kobayashi (R) of Japan and Sauber F1 on the podium following the Japanese Formula One Grand Prix at the Suzuka Circuit on October 7, 2012 in Suzuka, Japan. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
  • Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany, second right, celebrates on the podium after winning the Japanese Formula One Grand Prix, with second placed Ferrari driver Felipe Massa of Brazil, left, and third placed Sauber driver Kamui Kobayashi of Japan, right, and Red Bull chief engineer Paul Monaghan, second left, at the Suzuka Circuit in Suzuka, Japan, Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012. (AP Photo/Greg Baker)
  • SUZUKA, JAPAN - OCTOBER 07: Race winner Sebastian Vettel (2nd right) of Germany and Red Bull Racing celebrates on the podium with Red Bull Racing Head of Car Engineering Paul Monaghan (2nd left), second placed Felipe Massa (left) of Brazil and Ferrari and third placed Kamui Kobayashi (R) of Japan and Sauber F1 following the Japanese Formula One Grand Prix at the Suzuka Circuit on October 7, 2012 in Suzuka, Japan. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
  • Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany celebrates as walks onto the podium after winning the Japanese Formula One Grand Prix at the Suzuka Circuit in Suzuka, Japan, Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)

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