Japanese GP: Vettel crowned as back-to-back champion

Stephan Heublein

Sebastian Vettel claimed his second successive world championship title at Suzuka but was unable to stop Jenson Button taking victory in the Japanese Grand Prix.

In fact, even as lowly a finish as 10th at Suzuka would have given Vettel the title, but the Red Bull driver had set his sights on a 10th win of the season.

However, Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso were equally determined to rain on his parade. So while Button was winning the Japanese Grand Prix, Vettel had to settle for third with the consolation of being crowned the youngest two-time world champion on the day. In the final minutes, Alonso was steadily closing on Button and chipping away at his lead, but the McLaren man held off the challenge and successfully defended first place.