Vettel won his fifth race in a row in the Japanese Grand Prix to all but confirm his fourth consecutive drivers' title
On a day when the imminence of Sebastian Vettel’s fourth consecutive World Championship paled into insignificance in the face of Maria de Villota’s human story, the German once again took control of events on the racetrack.
Vettel could win title at this weekend's Japanese Grand Prix to join Michael Schumacher, Juan Manuel Fangio and Alain Prost in winning four drivers' championships
The Red Bull driver broke down on the final lap
Vettel sits 60 points ahead of Fernando Alonso who along with Mark Webber was handed a reprimand which sees the Aussie given a 10-place grid penalty in Korea
Closest rivals Alonso and Hamilton struggle in qualifying for today's Singapore Grand Prix
The Spaniard had been linked with a return to his former team but he insists he wants to stay with the Italian manufacturer
Driver pledges to remain with Ferrari ‘to the end’ but speculation refuses to die down
The former world champion is expected to join for next season
But team principal Stefano Domenicali attempts to coll speculation by claiming decision has not yet been reached
German extends his championship lead to 53 points over Ferrari's Fernando Alonso after flag-to-flag victory at Monza
As Lewis Hamilton qualified only 12th for today's Italian Grand Prix after admitting that he drove "like an idiot", and the Red Bulls of Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber crushed their opposition, the pressure on Ferrari ramped up even further as Fernando Alonso angrily declaimed his team after managing only fifth place on the grid for the race he must win if he is to stay in the world championship hunt.
Sebastian Vettel cruised to the 31st win of his Formula One career as not even Greenpeace protestors could throw a spanner in the works of the German's Belgian Grand Prix triumph.
German edges ahead of Fernando Alonso
Team principal says nothing should be ruled out in search for new driver
Lewis Hamilton over a seconds off the pace in his Mercedes