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Sebastian Vettel wins the Japanese Grand Prix

It is his 3rd win of the 2009 season. From AP-

Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel has won Formula One’s Japanese Grand Prix to revive his championship hopes.

Vettel finished ahead of Toyota’s Jarno Trulli and McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton in Sunday’s race at Suzuka.

Drivers’ championship leader Jenson Button of Brawn GP was eighth, a place below teammate Rubens Barrichello. Brawn GP needs just one point in the remaining two races to clinch the constructors’ championship.

In the drivers’ championship, Button’s lead over Barrichello was cut by one point to 14, with Vettel just two points further back.

The final two GP races of 2009 are Brazil in two weeks and Abu Dhabi on November 1st.

Like so many Formula One races, the order of finish was pretty much predetermined before hand. Pre-race penalties to Button and Barrichello dropped those drivers to well back on the grid and left them with little chance today.

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