Race
  Pos Driver Team Laps Pits
1 Vettel FL GER Red Bull 53
2 Massa BRA Ferrari 53
3 Kobayashi JPN Sauber 53
4 Button GBR McLaren 53
5 Hamilton GBR McLaren 53
6 Räikkönen FIN Lotus 53
7 Hülkenberg GER Force India 53
8 Maldonado VEN Williams 53
9 Webber AUS Red Bull 53
10 Ricciardo AUS Toro Rosso 53
11 Schumacher GER Mercedes 53
12 di Resta GBR Force India 53
13 Vergne FRA Toro Rosso 53
14 Senna BRA Williams 53
15 Kovalainen FIN Caterham 52
16 Glock GER Marussia 52
17 Petrov RUS Caterham 52
18 de la Rosa ESP HRT 52
19 Grosjean FRA Lotus 51
Retirement
engine Pic FRA Marussia 37
withdrew Karthikeyan IND HRT 31
spun off Perez MEX Sauber 18
puncture Alonso ESP Ferrari 0
collision Rosberg GER Mercedes 0

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Thank you for joining us today. After the first corner it was all a bit one-sided but it was a fantastic result nonetheless to see Massa and Kobayashi on the podium. And now the championship resets for Alonso and Vettel with five races left and just four points separating them.

Lap 53

Vettel wins with ease, Massa crosses the line for his first podium since 2010 and Kobayahsi takes third! The crowd goes crazy in the grandstands seeing the first Japanese driver on the podium since 1990 when Aguri Suzuki made it on to the podium.

Great news for all three drivers on the podium. Vettel closes to four points of Alonso in the championship, Massa gives himself a shot in the arm as he attempts to stay at Ferrari and Kobayashi gives his chances of staying in F1 next year a massive boost with the first podium of his career.

Rob Smedley to Massa: "Smashed it. Great drive. That's where you should have been yesterday, great recovery."

Button told he put in a "superb drive".

They start the final lap and Button is still off the back of Kobayashi and unable to pass into turn one despite getting the DRS advantage.

Vettel is going to take this easily, but Button is all over the back of Kobayashi in the middle of the lap.

Lap 52

Kobayashi just about keeps Button out of the DRS zone by saving his KERS until the final corner. Button has to get within a second of the Sauber to use his DRS on the pit straight.

Vettel told again to "be careful" as he sets another fastest lap with a 1:35.774.

Lap 51

Three laps to go as Vettel starts lap 51. His position looks safe but Button has closed the gap to 1.2s to Kobayashi.

Button takes 0.3s out of the Sauber in sector one with a the fastest first sector of the race.

Lap 50

Schumacher tries a move again into turn one but Ricciardo is not leaving any space on the inside and the Mercedes cannot find a way past.

Vettel still leads by 19.4s. Massa has a 5.3s lead over Kobayashi and Button is 1.6s off the back of the Sauber.

Lap 49

Vettel told to back off a bit as he sets fastest lap after fastest lap and locks a tyre into the final chicane.

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  • Kimi Raikkonen on the drivers' parade, Japanese Grand Prix, Suzuka, October 7, 2012 Felipe Massa soaks up the praise on the podium, Japanese Grand Prix, Suzuka, October 7, 2012 Kamui Kobayashi celebrates his maiden podium on the pit wall, Japanese Grand Prix, Suzuka, October 7, 2012 Bruno Senna on track in the Williams, Japanese Grand Prix, Suzuka, October 7, 2012
  • Fernando Alonso's Ferrari on the outside of turn one after he retired with a puncture, Japanese Grand Prix, Suzuka, October 7, 2012 Fernando Alonso waves to the crowd on the drivers' parade, Japanese Grand Prix, Suzuka, October 7, 2012 Sebastian Vettel sprays champagne over head of car engineering Paul Monaghan, Japanese Grand Prix, Suzuka, October 7, 2012 Lewis Hamilton follows Kimi Raikkonen out of the chicane, Japanese Grand Prix, Suzuka, October 7, 2012
  • Kamui Kobayashi celebrates his maiden podium in parc ferme, Japanese Grand Prix, Suzuka, October 7, 2012 Fernando Alonso watches on from the side of the track after spinning out at turn one, Japanese Grand Prix, Suzuka, October 7, 2012 Fernando Alonso walks away from his car after spinning out at turn one, Japanese Grand Prix, Suzuka, October 7, 2012 Kamui Kobayashi celebrates his maiden podium in parc ferme, Japanese Grand Prix, Suzuka, October 7, 2012