Formula 1 2011: Japanese Grand Prix

It’s done and dusted. Sebastian Vettel has claimed his second World Championship in Japan. He needed one more point and scored it with his third place in today’s exciting race. Japan is Formula One crazy. Every year tens of thousands of fans turn up at the Suzuka track to support their heroes and at the 2011 race two stood out, Vettel and Japan’s own Kamui Kobayashi. Kamui had requested and arranged for the Fukushima girls choir to sing the Japanese national anthem before the start of the race and this nice gesture forever made him Japan’s darling. Unfortunately he could repay Japan with a good drive as he botched his start and finished down the field. Jensen Button eventually claimed his third win of the season, but it was not enough to keep Sebastian Vettel from celebrating his F1 crown for the second year running. [64 photos total]

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Red Bull Formula One driver Sebastian Vettel (C) of Germany is surrounded by media as he gives autographs to fans at the Suzuka circuit October 6, 2011, ahead of Sunday's Japanese F1 Grand Prix. (REUTERS/Toru Hanai) #
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Red Bull Formula One driver Mark Webber of Australia (front R) chats with mechanics working on his car in the garage at the Suzuka circuit October 6, 2011, ahead of Sunday's Japanese F1 Grand Prix. (REUTERS/Toru Hanai) #
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Fans of Red Bull Formula One driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany show a banner during the driver's autograph session at the Suzuka circuit October 6, 2011, ahead of Sunday's Japanese F1 Grand Prix in Suzuka. (REUTERS/Lee Jae-Won) #
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A fan of Red Bull Formula One driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany shows off a placard during the driver's autograph session at the Suzuka circuit October 6, 2011, ahead of Sunday's Japanese F1 Grand Prix in Suzuka. (REUTERS/Lee Jae-Won) #
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McLaren Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain is seen between television cameras as he speaks to the media at the Suzuka circuit October 6, 2011, ahead of Sunday's Japanese F1 Grand Prix in Suzuka. (REUTERS/Toru Hanai) #
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Red Bull Formula One driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany stands in his team box during the first practice session of the Japanese F1 Grand Prix at the Suzuka circuit October 7, 2011. (REUTERS/Lee Jae-Won) #
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Sauber Formula One driver Kamui Kobayashi of Japan stand in his team box during the first practice session of the Japanese F1 Grand Prix at the Suzuka circuit October 7, 2011. (REUTERS/Issei Kato) #
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Red Bull Formula One driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany (R) checks with track marshalls that his car is properly lift by a crane after crashing during the first practice session of the Japanese F1 Grand Prix at the Suzuka circuit October 7, 2011. (REUTERS/Toru Hanai) #
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Mercedes Formula One driver Nico Rosberg of Germany talks to crew members during the first practice session of the Japanese F1 Grand Prix at the Suzuka circuit October 7, 2011. (REUTERS/Lee Jae-Won) #
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McLaren Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain drives during the first practice session of the Japanese F1 Grand Prix at the Suzuka circuit October 7, 2011. (REUTERS/Toru Hanai) #
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Williams Formula One driver Rubens Barrichello of Brazil drives during the first practice session of the Japanese F1 Grand Prix at the Suzuka circuit October 7, 2011. (REUTERS/Toru Hanai) #
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Sauber Formula One driver Kamui Kobayashi of Japan drives during the first practice session of the Japanese F1 Grand Prix at the Suzuka circuit October 7, 2011. (REUTERS/Toru Hanai) #
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Red Bull Formula One driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany checks his car in the team box during the second practice session of the Japanese F1 Grand Prix at the Suzuka circuit October 7, 2011. (REUTERS/Toru Hanai) #
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Renault Formula One driver Vitaly Petrov of Russia drives in the pitlane during the first practice session of the Japanese F1 Grand Prix at the Suzuka circuit October 7, 2011. (REUTERS/Lee Jae-Won) #
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Williams Formula One driver Rubens Barrichello of Brazil crashes during the second practice session of the Japanese F1 Grand Prix at the Suzuka circuit October 7, 2011. (REUTERS/Lee Jae-Won) #
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The cars of Williams Formula One driver Pastor Maldonado of Venezuela (12) and team mate Rubens Barrichello of Brazil (11) are seen in the gravel following two separate incidents during the second practice session of the Japanese F1 Grand Prix at the Suzuka circuit October 7, 2011. (REUTERS/Lee Jae-Won) #
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Track marshalls remove the car of Williams Formula One driver Rubens Barrichello of Brazil following a crash in the second practice session of the Japanese F1 Grand Prix at the Suzuka circuit October 7, 2011. (REUTERS/Lee Jae-Won) #
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McLaren Formula One driver Jenson Button of Britain waves after the second practice session of the Japanese F1 Grand Prix at the Suzuka circuit October 7, 2011. (REUTERS/Toru Hanai) #
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Lotus F1 Formula One driver Jarno Trulli of Italy drives during the second practice session of the Japanese F1 Grand Prix at the Suzuka circuit October 7, 2011. (REUTERS/Lee Jae-Won) #
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Red Bull Formula One driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany runs away from fans after the second practice session of the Japanese F1 Grand Prix at the Suzuka circuit October 7, 2011. (REUTERS/Toru Hanai) #
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Renault Formula One driver Vitaly Petrov of Russia drives during the first practice session of the Japanese F1 Grand Prix at the Suzuka circuit October 7, 2011. (REUTERS/Toru Hanai) #
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Red Bull Formula One driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany puts on his gloves before the third practice session of the Japanese F1 Grand Prix at the Suzuka circuit October 8, 2011. (REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon) #
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Renault Formula One driver Bruno Senna of Brazil drives during the third practice session of the Japanese F1 Grand Prix at the Suzuka circuit October 8, 2011. (REUTERS/Toru Hanai) #
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Ferrari Formula One driver Felipe Massa of Brazil brakes hard during the third practice session of the Japanese F1 Grand Prix at the Suzuka circuit October 8, 2011. (REUTERS/Toru Hanai) #
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HRT Formula One driver Vitantonio Liuzzi of Italy walks over a protection barrier after driving his car out of the track during the third practice session of the Japanese F1 Grand Prix at the Suzuka circuit October 8, 2011. (REUTERS/Lee Jae-Won) #
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A crew member cleans the box of Red Bull Formula One driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany during the third practice session of the Japanese F1 Grand Prix at the Suzuka circuit October 8, 2011. (REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon) #
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The car of Renault Formula One driver Bruno Senna of Brazil is seen on a flatbed truck after a crash in the third practice session of the Japanese F1 Grand Prix at the Suzuka circuit October 8, 2011. (REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon) #
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Crew members push Ferrari Formula One driver Felipe Massa of Brazil to his box during the third practice session of the Japanese F1 Grand Prix at the Suzuka circuit October 8, 2011. (REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon) #
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Toro Rosso Formula One driver Sebastien Buemi of Switzerland (bottom) and team mate Jaime Alguersuari of Spain manoeuvre through a chicane during the third practice session of the Japanese F1 Grand Prix at the Suzuka circuit October 8, 2011. (REUTERS/Lee Jae-Won) #
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McLaren Formula One driver Jenson Button of Britain drives during the qualifying session of the Japanese F1 Grand Prix at the Suzuka circuit October 8, 2011. (REUTERS/Toru Hanai) #
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Ferrari Formula One driver Fernando Alonso of Spain drives during the qualifying session of the Japanese F1 Grand Prix at the Suzuka circuit October 8, 2011. (REUTERS/Toru Hanai) #
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McLaren Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain (C) drives during the qualifying session of the Japanese F1 Grand Prix at the Suzuka circuit October 8, 2011. (REUTERS/Toru Hanai) #
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Sauber Formula One driver Sergio Perez of Mexico drives during the qualifying session of the Japanese F1 Grand Prix at the Suzuka circuit October 8, 2011. (REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon) #
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Red Bull Formula One driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany gets out of his car after taking pole position in the qualifying session of the Japanese F1 Grand Prix at the Suzuka circuit October 8, 2011. (REUTERS/Toru Hanai) #
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Red Bull Formula One driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany (C) celebrates taking the pole position next to second qualified McLaren Formula One driver Jenson Button of Britain (R) and third qualified McLaren Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain after the qualifying session of the Japanese F1 Grand Prix at the Suzuka circuit October 8, 2011. (REUTERS/Issei Kato) #
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Mercedes Formula One driver Michael Schumacher of Germany is surrounded by fans upon his arrival before the third practice session of the Japanese F1 Grand Prix at the Suzuka circuit October 8, 2011. (REUTERS/Kim Kyung-hoon) #
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Red Bull Formula One drivers Sebastian Vettel (R) of Germany and Mark Webber of Australia are seen at the paddock area before the third practice session of the Japanese F1 Grand Prix at the Suzuka circuit October 8, 2011. (REUTERS/Lee Jae-won) #
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Crew members push to their boxes Ferrari Formula One driver Fernando Alonso of Spain (top) and McLaren Formula One driver Jenson Button of Britain during the qualifying session of the Japanese F1 Grand Prix at the Suzuka circuit October 8, 2011. (REUTERS/Kimimasa Mayama/Pool) #
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Red Bull Formula One driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany arrives for the Japanese F1 Grand Prix at the Suzuka circuit October 9, 2011. (REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon) #
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A chorus group from Soma, Fukushima prefecture, about 50 km (30 miles) from the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, prepare to sing the Japanese national anthem before the start of the Japanese F1 Grand Prix at the Suzuka circuit October 9, 2011. Red Bull Formula One driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany became Formula One's youngest double world champion on Sunday after finishing third in a Japanese Grand Prix won by McLaren rival Jenson Button. (REUTERS/Lee Jae-Won) #
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Red Bull Formula One driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany forces McLaren Formula One driver Jenson Button of Britain (L) partially out of the track during the start of the Japanese F1 Grand Prix at the Suzuka circuit October 9, 2011. (REUTERS/Lee Jae-Won) #
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Red Bull Formula One driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany (bottom) heads the race during the start of the Japanese F1 Grand Prix at the Suzuka circuit October 9, 2011. (REUTERS/Lee Jae-Won) #
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Red Bull Formula One driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany (bottom) heads the race during the start of the Japanese F1 Grand Prix at the Suzuka circuit October 9, 2011. (REUTERS/Issei Kato) #
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Red Bull Formula One driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany drives ahead of McLaren Formula One driver Jenson Button of Britain during the Japanese F1 Grand Prix at the Suzuka circuit October 9, 2011. (REUTERS/Lee Jae-Won) #
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Ferrari Formula One driver Fernando Alonso of Spain leads Red Bull Formula One driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany and McLaren Formula One driver Jenson Button of Britain during the Japanese F1 Grand Prix at the Suzuka circuit October 9, 2011. Vettel became Formula One's youngest double world champion on Sunday after finishing third in a Japanese Grand Prix won by McLaren rival Jenson Button. Alonso finished the race in second position. (REUTERS/Toru Hanai) #
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McLaren Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain drives ahead of his team mate and compatriot Jenson Button during the Japanese F1 Grand Prix at the Suzuka circuit October 9, 2011. (REUTERS/Toru Hanai) #
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McLaren Formula One driver Jenson Button of Britain performs a pit stop during the Japanese F1 Grand Prix at the Suzuka circuit October 9, 2011. (REUTERS/Kimimasa Mayama/Pool) #
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Red Bull Formula One driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany drives during the Japanese F1 Grand Prix at the Suzuka circuit October 9, 2011. (REUTERS/Lee Jae-Won) #
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Ferrari Formula One driver Fernando Alonso of Spain drives during the Japanese F1 Grand Prix at the Suzuka circuit October 9, 2011. (REUTERS/Toru Hanai) #
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McLaren Formula One driver Jenson Button of Britain drives ahead of Red Bull Formula One driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany during the Japanese F1 Grand Prix at the Suzuka circuit October 9, 2011. Vettel became Formula One's youngest double world champion on Sunday after finishing third in a Japanese Grand Prix won by Button. (REUTERS/Toru Hanai) #
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Red Bull Formula One driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany performs a pit stop during the Japanese F1 Grand Prix at the Suzuka circuit October 9, 2011. Vettel became Formula One's youngest double world champion on Sunday after finishing third in a Japanese Grand Prix won by McLaren rival Jenson Button. (REUTERS/Kimimasa Mayama/Pool) #
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McLaren Formula One driver Jenson Button of Britain drives during the Japanese F1 Grand Prix at the Suzuka circuit October 9, 2011. (REUTERS/Toru Hanai) #
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Red Bull Formula One driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany drives during the Japanese F1 Grand Prix at the Suzuka circuit October 9, 2011. Vettel became Formula One's youngest double world champion on Sunday after finishing third in a Japanese Grand Prix won by McLaren rival Jenson Button. (REUTERS/Toru Hanai) #
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Red Bull Formula One driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany drives during the Japanese F1 Grand Prix at the Suzuka circuit October 9, 2011. Vettel became Formula One's youngest double world champion on Sunday after finishing third in a Japanese Grand Prix won by McLaren rival Jenson Button. (REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon) #
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McLaren Formula One driver Jenson Button of Britain crossed the finish line to win the Japanese F1 Grand Prix at the Suzuka circuit October 9, 2011. Vettel became Formula One's youngest double world champion on Sunday after finishing third in a Japanese Grand Prix won by McLaren rival Jenson Button. (REUTERS/Issei Kato) #
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McLaren Formula One driver Jenson Button of Britain walks to parc ferme after winning the Japanese F1 Grand Prix at the Suzuka circuit October 9, 2011. Red Bull Formula One driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany became Formula One's youngest double world champion on Sunday after finishing third in a Japanese Grand Prix won by McLaren rival Button. (REUTERS/Lee Jae-Won) #
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Red Bull Formula One driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany celebrates winning the 2011 Formula One World Championship after finishing third in the Japanese F1 Grand Prix at the Suzuka circuit October 9, 2011. (REUTERS/Issei Kato) #
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Red Bull Formula One driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany celebrates with crew members winning the world championship after finishing third in the Japanese F1 Grand Prix at the Suzuka circuit October 9, 2011. Vettel became Formula One's youngest double world champion on Sunday after finishing third in a Japanese Grand Prix won by McLaren rival Jenson Button. (REUTERS/Issei Kato) #
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Red Bull Formula One driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany (L) sprays champagne on McLaren Formula One driver Jenson Button of Britain, winner of the Japanese F1 Grand Prix at the Suzuka circuit October 9, 2011. Vettel became Formula One's youngest double world champion on Sunday after finishing third in a Japanese Grand Prix won by McLaren rival Jenson Button. (REUTERS/Toru Hanai) #
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Red Bull Formula One driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany celebrates winning the world championship after finishing third in the Japanese F1 Grand Prix at the Suzuka circuit October 9, 2011. Vettel became Formula One's youngest double world champion on Sunday after finishing third in a Japanese Grand Prix won by McLaren rival Jenson Button. (REUTERS/Toru Hanai) #
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McLaren Formula One driver Jenson Button of Britain celebrates with his girlfriend, Japanese-Argentine model Jessica Michibata, and crew members his victory in the Japanese F1 Grand Prix at the Suzuka circuit October 9, 2011. Red Bull Formula One driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany became Formula One's youngest double world champion on Sunday after finishing third in a Japanese Grand Prix won by McLaren rival Jenson Button. (REUTERS/Lee Jae-Won) #
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Red Bull Formula One driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany jumps a barrier as he celebrates winning the world championship after finishing third in the Japanese F1 Grand Prix at the Suzuka circuit October 9, 2011. Vettel became Formula One's youngest double world champion on Sunday after finishing third in a Japanese Grand Prix won by McLaren rival Jenson Button. (REUTERS/Toru Hanai) #
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Red Bull Formula One driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany (2nd R) celebrates with crew members winning the world championship after finishing third in the Japanese F1 Grand Prix at the Suzuka circuit October 9, 2011. Vettel became Formula One's youngest double world champion on Sunday after finishing third in a Japanese Grand Prix won by McLaren rival Jenson Button. (REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon) #
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Red Bull Formula One driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany (C) celebrates with crew members winning the world championship after finishing third in the Japanese F1 Grand Prix at the Suzuka circuit October 9, 2011. Vettel became Formula One's youngest double world champion on Sunday after finishing third in a Japanese Grand Prix won by McLaren rival Jenson Button. (REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon) #

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