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Red Bull driver Vettel wins Japanese GP

Updated: October 7, 2012, 7:30 AM ET
Associated Press

SUZUKA, Japan -- Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel won the Japanese Grand Prix from the pole on Sunday to close within four points of Formula One championship leader Fernando Alonso, who crashed out of the race at the first turn.

Vettel, who also won the last race in Singapore, is now within sight of a third straight title -- something only previously accomplished by Juan-Manuel Fangio and Michael Schumacher -- with five races left.

"It was an important step today," Vettel said. "There ...

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