Can Vettel wrap up the title in Japan?
Lets do a little experiment here. Who among you reading this actually wants Sebastian Vettel to win his fourth straight world title on Sunday? We ask because there seems to be a bit of a brouhaha here; is it dull for one driver to dominate as Vettel has done or should we instead be experiencing some form of ecstasy at the privilege of witnessing such extreme sporting excellence?Is it about the winning or the competition?Lewis Hamilton doesnt know. Hes been obliged to retract somewhat disingenuous-sounding comments that suggested he would just hate to be winning so many races. Yeah, sure. His position (read\: Mercedes AMG F1s position) now is that hes honoured to be racing against a champ like Seb, whos domination hes rightly compared with Schumachers between 2000-2004. Though he also said he used to fall asleep when Michael was winning everything so we think we know how Lewis really feels.Even if you are a to-the-core Sebasti-fan, you cant deny that booing in Spa (where he won), at Monza (where he won), in Singapore (you see where were going with this) and last week in Korea. If there was no booing in Mokpo thats only because there wasnt anyone there to boo. If he does win the race on Sunday (and with a recent formbook like that who would bet against?) there also wont be any booing, but thats only because the very special fans F1 has in Japan would never be so undignified. And good on them.Its not very good form to boo the bloke whos just got the gold medal. Dont go to an F1 race right now if you dont think youll be able to restrain yourself if Vettel wins. Stay away or dont watch. If your problem with Sebastian goes back to Malaysia and the dirty he did on Mark Webber why not write to him C/O Red Bull Racing, Bradborne Drive, Tilbrook, Milton Keynes, MK7 8BJ. Sadly you cant take it up with Seb on Twitter because hes not on Twitter. He said this week hes not signed up because he thinks hes not interesting enough, ignoring the fact that Paul di Resta is on there.We dont think hes dull. When hes not knifing Mark Webber he can be rather charming in that cheesy I-just-love-Monty-Python way Germans have. We also think hes sensationally fast and a proper racing driver. He showed us that in Abu Dhabi last year. Red Bulls domination is however a problem for us. And not because theyre a strangely ersatz kind of team, but because in a period of unprecedented rule stability no other team can seem to work out just why they are so fast.And until this week that really bothered us, then we heard about an extraordinary story in super-geeky/super-cool Racecar Engineering magazine that suggested there is some fire under all the smoke and Vettel (but not Webber) is indeed running a form of traction control, only using the KERS hardware and perfectly legal. It would certainly explain the Singapore race where Vettel made it look like everyone else was in a GP2 car. If theres something in it, then were really rather impressed. There are two ways to win in F1\: out-pace the others or out-think them. Were happy with either.So, to this weekend. As you know, if Vettel wins and Alonso can do no better than ninth then its all over. Frankly, that sounds a little unlikely. Alonso has finished 7th/5th/5th at Suzuka since singing for Ferrari and the F138 is the best car the Scuderia has given him to date. If Vettel for some reason DNFs (maybe that complex not-traction-control system will misfire…), then Alonso winning would of course be the best result. But realistically, if it aint Seb not getting booed up there, it will be Webber, Räikkonen/RoGros, Hamilton/Rosberg or if you fancy an outside one, Hulkenberg. Sauber always go well at Suzuka.