Jenson Button of Vodafone McLaren Mercedes won the Formula1 Grand Prix of Japan at Suzuka finishing ahead of Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso in second and World Championship winner Sebastian Vettel in third driving a Red Bull Racing Renault. Pole sitter Vettel got off to a flying start but better tyre management by Jenson Button saw him take the lead midway through the race. Vettel needed only one point to become World Champion but his third place ensured that he had many more than that. Fourth in the race went to Mark Webber in the second of the Red Bull Racing Renaults while fifth place was clinched by Lewis Hamilton who drove erratically to move down from second place that he took on the first lap. Michael Schumacher in the Mercedes GP car finished sixth ahead of Felipe Massa who finished seventh after a brief coming together with Lewis Hamilton. Sergio Perez in the Sauber came in at eighth and Renault’s Vitaly Petrov finished in ninth while the last and final point scoring position of ten went to Nico Rosberg in the Mercedes GP car who had to start from the back of the grid due to his not being able to set a time in qualifying thanks to hydraulics problems in his car. Force India’s Adrian Sutil and Paul Di Resta finished in eleventh and twelfth places and hence could not score any points.