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Oct 13

F1: Vettel Inches Closer To Title With Japanese Grand Prix Victory

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Sebastian Vettel celebrates in parc ferme after winning the Japanese Grand Prix. (Photo: Getty Images)

Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel won the Japanese Grand Prix on Sunday but will have to wait to seal a fourth-straight Formula One title as nearest rival Fernando Alonso finished fourth.

Vettel surged into the lead on the 41st lap and led a Red Bull one-two ahead of teammate Mark Webber by 7.1 seconds. Webber, who started from pole position, passed Lotus’ Romain Grosjean on the penultimate lap. Grosjean led much of the race but could not take his maiden F1 victory and finished third.

It was Vettel’s fourth win in the past five races at Suzuka and his ninth win of the season.

Oct 12

MotoGP: Pedrosa Fighting To Keep Title Hopes Alive

Dani Pedrosa will start fifth in Sunday's Malaysian Grand Prix. (Photo: Getty Images)

Dani Pedrosa will start fifth in Sunday’s Malaysian Grand Prix. (Photo: Getty Images)

Dani Pedrosa topped three of the four practice sessions ahead of qualifying for the Shell Advance Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix, but managed no more than fifth in the grid-deciding period. Despite this, the Repsol Honda Team rider remains upbeat heading towards Sunday.

Pedrosa faces the possibility of mathematically dropping out of the title chase this weekend, although the Spaniard remains confident that he is able to repeat the Sepang victory he first achieved in wet conditions one year ago. On Saturday, the field was again tested by a slippery track surface following a light rain shower.

Oct 12

F1: Live Updates! Saturday Japanese GP Coverage

Red Bull Racing's Mark Webber captured pole for Sunday's Japanese Grand Prix. (Photo: Getty Images)

Red Bull Racing’s Mark Webber captured the pole for Sunday’s Japanese Grand Prix. (Photo: Getty Images)

Welcome to SPEED.com’s Live blog from Suzuka Circuit in Suzuka, Japan. Stay tuned throughout the day as we bring you post-qualifying updates.

Webber Reflects On ‘Hollow’ Suzuka Pole

Mark Webber looks at data prior to qualifying. (Photo: Getty Images)

Mark Webber looks at data prior to qualifying. (Photo: Getty Images)

Mark Webber secured his first pole of 2013 at Suzuka, but the Aussie admitted that the achievement was a little hollow given that his teammate Sebastian Vettel had some bad luck.

The German had a KERS problems in Q3, but managed to give Webber a run for his money and take second place.

Oct 12

F1: Alonso Shifting Focus To Constructors’ Battle

Ferrari and Mercedes are separated by just one point in the constructors' championship. (Photo: Getty Images)

Ferrari and Mercedes are separated by just one point in the constructors’ championship. (Photo: Getty Images)

Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso says keeping the 2013 Formula One title chase alive will not be his top priority in Sunday’s Japanese Grand Prix.

Championship leader Sebastian Vettel would clinch his fourth straight title on Sunday if the Red Bull driver wins and Alonso, his closest rival, finishes ninth or worse.

However, Alonso said he is more concerned with the race for the constructors’ championship. Ferrari has 284 points, just one ahead of Mercedes with five races left.

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Oct 12

MotoGP: Rossi Achieves Best Qualifying Effort Since Motegi 2010

Valentino Rossi talks with media after Saturday's qualifying session. (Photo: Getty Images)

Valentino Rossi talks with media after Saturday’s qualifying session. (Photo: Getty Images)

Boosted by his best qualifying performance of the season, Valentino Rossi is aiming for victory in Sunday’s Malaysian Grand Prix.

It’s now seven races since Rossi won his only race of the season at the Dutch TT in June.

He will start second on the front row, having just been edged out of pole in the final seconds of qualifying by rookie ace Marc Marquez.