Six things you missed from the F1's Japanese Grand Prix

The helmet of Pierre Gasly Scuderia Toro Rosso

The helmet of Pierre Gasly Scuderia Toro Rosso

The Ferrari downfall coincides with the appointment of Sebastian Vettel in 2015 after the German won four straight Championships with Red Bull from 2010-13 in a supremely fast auto under the guidance of race engineer Adrian Newey.

After cruising to a lights-to-flag victory in Japan, on a day when chief rival Sebastian Vettel was left to rue coming off worse in another on-track tussle, the Mercedes star now leads the German by 67 points in the championship race with just 100 still to play for.

Suzuka - Sebastian Vettel has refused to point fingers after Ferrari calamitously chose the wrong tyres in Japanese Grand Prix qualifying on Saturday. He was up to sixth by the third corner, passing both Toro Rosso, then fifth when he passed Romain Grosjean's Haas into Spoon.

A Hamilton-led one-two victory at the U.S. Grand Prix in two weeks' time would secure the title regardless of where Vettel finishes.

Verstappen managed to continue without losing a position to Raikkonen but Vettel dropped to the back - the stewards looked into the clash but took no further action. Red Bull driver Max Verstappen was third.

"I locked up and I could easily have cut the track, [but] I made my best effort to get back on track", Verstappen argued. Vettel has always been known to handle pressure well, but the latest string of errors from the German proves otherwise.

Before the Vettel collision, Verstappen had already had an incident with the other Ferrari of Kimi Raikkonen and been given a five-second time penalty to serve at his pitstop.

"The Ferraris pulled out of the garage on the inters and I honestly didn't think it was the right decision", said the Briton, who has won five of the last six races to stand on the cusp of retaining his world title.

Vettel's second half of the championship has shaken up his title aspirations.

"I got through the whole field without any trouble", added the former world champion.

Verstappen saw it differently, sniffing: "He could have been a bit more careful".

He was then fourth after Verstappen ran off the road at the chicane, and in rejoining the track, bumped Raikkonen on to the grass. Championship challenger Sebastian Vettel crashed into him early in the race leaving Vettel stationary.

"I'm not the one who makes the rules but I think it's a similar scenario to what I had in China with him", said Verstappen. But whether Vettel had an issue with his driver or he just loves the Ferrari Daytona that much, he decided half-way round to swap positions and continue his waving while behind the wheel of the 1960s vehicle.

Maurizio Arrivabene was furious with his own team after Ferrari's bungled qualifying at Suzuka.

"He has a fast vehicle but obviously just fighting against Lewis if everything runs well with us, it's going to be hard off the start".

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