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)
Pour it on
Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel, who won Sunday's Japanese Grand Prix, celebrates by pouring champagne over third-place finisher Kamui Kobayashi, who was lauded by the home crowd for his impressive finish.
Sealed with a kiss
Sebastian Vettel made a big move toward the overall title with the victory, closing to within four points of series leader Fernando Alonso.
Stand and deliver
Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel showed he's going to makle a real run at the series championship with a rousing performance in Japan.
Hand him a trophy
Sebastian Vettel raises a hand to celebrate his much-needed victory in Japan. Now he'll focus on battling for the Formula 1 title.
Mercedes driver Michael Schumacher, who recently confirmed he'll retire at season's end, finished one spot out of the points.
Early crashes caused troubles for a lot of drivers, but pole-sitter Sebastian Vettel had no such trouble.
Cheers to that
Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel, toasts his victory with runner-up Felipe Massa.
Red Bull driver Mark Webber of Australia steers his car during the qualifying session for the Japanese Formula One Grand Prix in Suzuka, Japan on Saturday, Oct. 6.
It's a blur
Lotus driver Romain Grosjean of France drives out of his pit lane garage during the third practice session for the Japanese Formula One Grand Prix.
Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany steers his car during the third practice session for the Japanese Grand Prix. Vettel finished first in qualifiying to win the pole position for Sunday's race.
Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany, center, celebrates after taking pole position in qualifying for the Japanese Formula One Grand Prix, as second placed Red Bull driver Mark Webber of Australia (left) and third placed McLaren driver Jenson Button of Britain chat.
Mercedes driver Michael Schumacher of Germany rides a scooter in the F1 paddock prior to the start of the third practice session for the Japanese Formula One Grand Prix.
Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso steers his car during the second practice session for the Japanese Formula One Grand Prix at the Suzuka Circuit in Japan Friday. Alonso is leading the points standings entering the race.
Mercedes driver Michael Schumacher of Germany takes his practice laps for Sunday's race. Schumacher has announced plans to retire at the end of this season.
A McLaren mechanic waits in pit lane during the practice for the Japanese Grand Prix Friday afternoon.
A crew member signals Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg of Germany into the pits during practice Friday. Rosberg is seventh in the standings entering the race weekend.
Geared to go
Jessica Michibata, girlfriend of McLaren driver Jenson Button, walks through F1 paddock.
Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel heads out of the pits during the first practice session. Vettel is chasing Fernando Alonso in the title race and now sits second, 29 points back.
Take a turn
Lotus driver Kimi Raikkonen is third in the standings, 45 points off the leader's pace, in his return season in Formula One.
I don't want to know
Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel appears to be closing out the competition during practice Friday.
McLaren driver Lewis Hamilton drives past an interesting backdrop. Hamilton is racing for the first time since announcing he'll switch teams in 2013.
Sign me up
Lotus driver Kimi Raikkonen signs autographs prior to taking to the track in Japan.