Race
  Pos Driver Team Laps Pits
1 Button FL GBR McLaren 53 3
2 Alonso ESP Ferrari 53 3
3 Vettel GER Red Bull 53 3
4 Webber AUS Red Bull 53 3
5 Hamilton GBR McLaren 53 3
6 Schumacher GER Mercedes 53 3
7 Massa BRA Ferrari 53 3
8 Perez MEX Sauber 53 2
9 Petrov RUS Renault 53 2
10 Rosberg GER Mercedes 53 3
11 Sutil GER Force India 53 3
12 di Resta GBR Force India 53 3
13 Kobayashi JPN Sauber 53 2
14 Maldonado VEN Williams 53 3
15 Alguersuari ESP Toro Rosso 53 2
16 Senna BRA Renault 53 2
17 Barrichello BRA Williams 53 3
18 Kovalainen FIN Team Lotus 53
19 Trulli ITA Team Lotus 53
20 Glock GER Virgin 51 3
21 d'Ambrosio BEL Virgin 51 3
22 Ricciardo AUS HRT 51 3
23 Liuzzi ITA HRT 50 3
Retirement
wheel Buemi SUI Toro Rosso 11 1

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Button and Paddy Lowe congratulate Vettel in the drivers room before going out on the podium, but it's not all smiles. Button says "Didn't you see me at the restart?" Before Vettel replies with "You were just behind weren't you?" Button's response is "Half way alongside. Come on...is that how we're racing now?!" Vettel still has a dig about Button's restart before there ushered out on to the podium

More smiles on the podium though, as Button holds the winning trophy aloft. A big cheer for Button who is a popular winner. Vettel throws his trophy in the air as he salutes, and this time Button congratulates him again.

Three world champions on the podium together, and Vettel seems delighted to have closed it out. He stays out a moment longer to salute the crowd.

As the sun sets in Suzuka the drivers leave the podium. Congratulations to Sebastian Vettel, a hugely deserving champion, and the ninth double World Champion in Formula One history. Congratulations too go to Jenson Button for a very strong drive and his third win of the season, while Fernando Alonso also deserves a mention for his part in the chase to the flag.

So, we have the 2011 World Champion confirmed, but there's still four races to go and more great racing to look forward to. It was a fantastic race, thanks for joining us and stay on the site for the full reaction to Button's win and Vettel's world title.

Lap 53

Further back, Massa is 0.9s behind Schumacher, and Petrov and Rosberg have passed Sutil for 9th and 10th.

Heart in mouth moment for Button heading in to Spoon; Liuzzi cuts him up but he avoids contact

Button crosses the line and wins by 1.1s, with Alonso second and the 2011 WORLD CHAMPION Sebastian Vettel in third place.

Button jumps straight out of his car before the end of the pit lane and stands on it to salute the crowd. Vettel receives congratulations from Schumacher as they slow down, before saying on the radio: "Thank you so much every single one. Every single one. We took nothing for granted, and we did it"

Webber dropped back at the end and finished eight seconds back in fourth, ahead of Hamilton, Schumacher and Massa. A great performance from Perez for eighth ahead of Petrov and Rosberg

Button's car is not in Parc Ferme as Vettel salutes the crowd; third place is his second worst finish of the season. He runs to his mechanics and celebrates with them

Lap 52

Button looks to have broken the back of Alonso's challenge, pulling out another half a second on the Ferrari. A fastest lap from Button, and the gap is 1.7s as he starts the ginal lap

Lap 51

A good first sector for Button extends the gap to 1.5s, and the second sector is the best of the race. A good lap keeps Alonso out of the DRS zone with two laps to go

Lap 50

Alonso with the gap down to 1.6s at the start of this lap, Vettel the same distance back. Button doesn't seem to have a response now. Martin Whitmarsh looks nervous on the pit wall as the gap comes down to one second

Lap 49

Alonso has the gap down to 2.1 seconds. Button is struggling now with five laps remaining. Webber in fourth is six seconds off the lead, but it looks like a straight fight for the win between Alonso and Button. The Ferrari is mighty in the final sector.

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  • Sebastian Vettel celebrates his second world championship in parc ferme, Japanese Grand Prix, Suzuka, October 9, 2011 Jenson Button backs up the field for the restart, Japanese Grand Prix, Suzuka, October 9, 2011 Fernando Alonso holds off Sebastian Vettel in to turn one, Japanese Grand Prix, Suzuka, October 9, 2011 Daniel Ricciardo holds off team-mate Tonio Liuzzi, Japanese Grand Prix, Suzuka, October 9, 2011
  • Sebastian Vettel celebrates his second world title with Adrian Newey, Japanese Grand Prix, Suzuka, October 9, 2011 Sebastian Vettel faces the crowd as a newly-crowned double world champion, Japanese Grand Prix, Suzuka, October 9, 2011 Race winner Jenson Button soaks championship winner Sebastian Vettel on the podium, Japanese Grand Prix, Suzuka, October 9, 2011 Christian Horner embraces Sebastian Vettel during a TV interview, Japanese Grand Prix, Suzuka, October 9, 2011
  • Vitaly Petrov holds off Adrian Sutil in to the chicane, Japanese Grand Prix, Suzuka, October 9, 2011 Felipe Massa comes through the second part of the chicane, Japanese Grand Prix, Suzuka, October 9, 2011 Nico Rosberg battles with Sergio Perez and Jarno Trulli, Japanese Grand Prix, Suzuka, October 9, 2011 Michael Schumacher closely follows Mark Webber through the chicane, Japanese Grand Prix, Suzuka, October 9, 2011