Formula One: Vettel title bid hit by mechanical woes
SUZUKA, Japan (AFP) - Sebastian Vettel will battle mechanical problems as he tries to become the youngest man to win four successive Formula One world titles at an emotional Japanese Grand Prix on Sunday.
Vettel, 26, will join Michael Schumacher and Juan Manuel Fangio as only the third driver with four straight if he wins at Suzuka and his nearest rival, Fernando Alonso, is outside the top eight.
The race will be preceded by a minute's silence after the death on Friday of former reserve driver Maria de Villota, 33, a year after she sustained serious head injuries in testing.
Vettel has won the last four races and eight out of 14 this season to open up a 77-point lead in the championship with five grands prix remaining, including Sunday's event in Japan.