Lewis Hamilton has won the Japanese Grand Prix in a Mercedes one-two to take a 67-point lead in the Formula One championship and stand on the brink of a fifth title.
Hamilton's fourth win in succession, and sixth in seven rounds, never appeared in doubt as he raced away from pole and cruised to the line ahead of his Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas.
Three years after claiming the third title of his career at the United States GP, Hamilton will secure a fifth crown in Austin next week if he outscores Vettel by eight points - although he is insisting nothing is won yet.
"Each week you have a positive weekend and you go to another Grand Prix and you're not sure how you're going to fare and how you're going to perform, because there are still gaps in between".
A round-up of the main talking points from the Japanese Grand Prix, where another disastrous weekend for Ferrari all but handed Lewis Hamilton the 2018 championship.
Verstappen pushed the other Ferrari of Kimi Raikkonen off the track in an eventful race.
He said: "You can't overtake on that corner".
"Austin is usually a good track for us, so I can't wait to unleash this beast there". Now it is a matter of just when Hamilton closes it out and equals Juan Manuel Fangio's five F1 titles.
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Vettel's misfortune allowed 21-year-old Dutch driver Max Verstappen to qualify third for Red Bull.
'I know from a probability standpoint it doesn't look as if we will lose it, but this is motor racing and anything can happen.
Vettel and Ferrari team mate Kimi Raikkonen, who went out on intermediate tyres in the final part of qualifying with the track still dry, lost time coming back in to fit the super-soft tyres.
Race stewards took no action against either driver.
Despite Ferrari locking out the front row with what seemed a faster vehicle, Hamilton won after passing Vettel on the opening lap and then Kimi Raikkonen after chasing down the leading Finn. Force India's Esteban Ocan was ninth while Renault's Carlos Sainz rounded out the top 10.
"That's what we were hoping to achieve, it's not always the case, it's really not always the case that you achieve your target but I think we have through really great hard work from everyone". "I considered Vettel to be the favourite for the title, but he made a lot of mistakes which upsets me", Marko told Austria's Laola1.
"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 the gap was there - I had more speed, I would have made the corner".
"So I don't know why I got a penalty".
Ferrari boss Maurizio Arrivabene said the podium had been within the team's grasp.