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Button wins the Japanese Grand Prix, as Vettel takes the championship // Jenson Button takes an emotional victory in Japan

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This is F1Minute - Button wins the Japanese Grand Prix, as Vettel takes the championship.

Jenson Button was determined to get past Sebastian Vettel at the start of the race in Japan, but he didn’t quite make it work off the line. Instead, the real position changes came in the pit stops, with first Button, then Fernando Alonso getting past the Red Bull, relegating Vettel to third?

Further back, Felipe Massa and Lewis Hamilton had a brief coming together - less controversial than in Singapore, but leaving a bit of Ferrari front wing on track. The Safety Car came out so the marshals could clear the debris, and that closed up the field. We had just one retirement, in the form of Sébastien Buemi whose wheel came off after a bungled pit stop.

Nico Rosberg made it into the points, finishing tenth after starting 23rd, whilst Sergio Pérez and Vitaly Petrov both picked up points after two stopping - the only top ten finishers who did so.

And thus, Sebastian Vettel’s third place gave him the single point he needed to become the 2011 World Champion, with four races left to go. Jenson Button took an emotional victory, and all are fired up to get the best out of the rest of the season.