For a track built in 1962, the Suzuka Circuit is always a fan and driver favourite. With a healthy mix of sharp turns and fast straight-aways, the 2012 Japanese Grand Prix was just as exciting as its inaugural race in 1987.
“It’s nice,” Massa said. “It’s like a relief. It was great race and was able to push hard from the beginning to the end and show that we are here to fight for victory and for pole and not just to fight for a few points.”
All the action seemed to have taken place within the first 20 laps of the race, and so from then on the race was largely settled, as drivers tried to look after their tyres before Button’s late assault on Kobayashi.
This race finish sees Sebastian Vettel becoming the first back-to-back winner in the 2012 and the result also see Alonso on the verge of losing his championship lead heading to Korea next weekend.
|Kamui Kobayashi||Third Fan’s Choice|
|Paul di Resta||P12|
|Pedro de la Rosa||P18|
|Romain Grosjean||Retired (withdrew)|
|Charles Pic||Retired (engine)|
|Narain Karthikeyan||Retired (withdrew)|
|Sergio Pérez||Retired (spun off)|
|Fernando Alonso||Retired (puncture)|
|Nico Rosberg||Retired (collision)|
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