Stats: will Alonso do a Mansell?

Stats: will Alonso do a Mansell?

Can Fernando Alonso avoid the pitfalls that befell Nigel Mansell at Suzuka and keep the championship alive? Will Sebastian Vettel follow the example of Jacques Villeneuve in 1997? MICHELE MERLINO investigates

Sebastian Vettel could become world champion in Japan this weekend, but even Red Bull admits he probably won't - as that requires Fernando Alonso to finish no higher than ninth.

Suzuka has become synonymous with championship deciders, although in historical terms it still trails Monza for the accolade of hosting the most title clinchers. Twelve seasons were decided at Monza - mostly in Formula 1's early days when it was towards the end of the calendar - compared to 11 at Suzuka.

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