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Weekend review and results round-up

Japanese Grand Prix start 2009After several months of scandals and politics dominating grand prix weekends, Suzuka saw a return to a more traditional topic of Formula 1 conversation: driver market speculation.

The long-awaited confirmation of Fernando Alonso's Ferrari move on the eve of the Japanese Grand Prix weekend kickstarted the silly season, and meant the future plans of Kimi Raikkonen, Robert Kubica and Toyota in particular were at the centre of the news at Suzuka.

On track, when the rain and red flags abated, it was Sebastian Vettel who came through to utterly dominate for Red Bull - and revive his title hopes in the process, although Jenson Button remains an overwhelming championship favourite after another tenacious points salvaging exercise.

The best action of the weekend came from the British Touring Car Championship finale at Brands Hatch, where title outsider Jason Plato did everything he could by winning all three epic races, but Colin Turkington managed to wrap up his first crown.

MotoGP and the World Rally Championship delivered possibly their least exciting events of the season in Portugal and Spain, but the results were hugely significant for the title contests.

Jorge Lorenzo's commanding win at Estoril keeps Valentino Rossi under pressure in the championship with three races still to go, while Mikko Hirvonen's lead over Sebastien Loeb is down to just one point heading for the Rally GB decider after Ford failed to stop Citroen running away with the Rally Catalunya.

The F1 sessions

Kovalainen tops first Suzuka practice

Sutil tops rain-hit second practice

Trulli fastest in final Suzuka practice

Vettel grabs pole in disrupted qualifying

Vettel storms to Japanese GP victory

The F1 headlines

Hockenheim secures Formula 1 future

Kubica still undecided on future drive

Glock rubbishes Toyota exit talk

Alonso wants to end career at Ferrari

Willis poised for Formula 1 return

Raikkonen says he might leave F1

Barrichello sure he'll be in F1 next year

Massa: Piquet crash robbed me of title

Prince Feisal calls for FIA unity

Trulli optimistic he'll be in F1 next year

Hamilton unmoved by Massa comments

Barrichello: Suzuka is still dangerous

Teams set to reject 14th entry

Button title hopes suffer grid blow

Massa set to test 2007 F1 car

The motorsport action

NASCAR Nationwide: Logano takes Nationwide Kansas win

NASCAR Sprint Cup: Stewart wins at Kansas

Superleague Formula: Bourdais wins for Sevilla at Monza

Superleague Formula: Petiz takes Sporting's maiden victory

250cc: Simoncelli dominates at Estoril

MotoGP: Lorenzo takes dominant Estoril win

125cc: Espargaro wins as Simon crashes

BTCC: Plato takes dramatic last-gasp win

BTCC: Plato win takes title decider to finale

BTCC: Plato wins again, Turkington seals title

WRC: Loeb victory sets up title showdown

FIA GT: Bernoldi/Streit take first GT victory

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