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Weekend review and results round-up

Sebastian Vettel and Red Bull celebrate at SuzukaThere was barely any doubt that Sebastian Vettel would wrap up the 2011 Formula 1 title at Suzuka, but the weekend still held plenty of surprises, with a distracted Vettel crashing on Friday, looking on the back foot right through practice, then superbly grabbing pole, before finding himself defeated by Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso in an absolutely superb race.

The jubilant champion even fitted in a little controversy by squeezing Button off the start, although while the race winner was openly peeved about this moment, Button still led the paddock's praise of and congratulations for Vettel on his day of title triumph.

The championship fight may be over earlier than expected, but the news and gossip rolls on. It was another tumultuous weekend for Lewis Hamilton - involved in a bizarre traffic jam incident with Mark Webber and Michael Schumacher in qualifying then clashing with Felipe Massa yet again in the race.

New developments in the Lotus Renault GP/Team Lotus-Renault name row saw it emerge that talks would have to be held to get the name change proposals through the F1 Commission, and that Renault team co-owner Gerard Lopez was poised to take a major share in Group Lotus.

Existing controversies kept rumbling too - Pirelli reiterated its frustration with teams that sit out elements of qualifying to save tyres, and doubts started to grow about F1's planned return to Bahrain next year.

Away from F1, Australia's famous Bathurst 1000 produced one of its most nail-biting finishes ever, as Garth Tander clung on amid huge pressure from Craig Lowndes, to win for himself and partner Nick Percat.

The Formula Renault 3.5 title was settled in chaotic fashion as Robert Wickens clashed with title rival and Carlin team-mate Jean-Eric Vergne, then found another car using him as a launchpad, then watched Vergne taken out by someone else too - making the Canadian the new champion after all.

The NASCAR Sprint Cup title race swung back towards Jimmie Johnson, yet again, as the five-time champiin ran away with the series' Kansas round.

The F1 sessions

Button top in practice one as Vettel crashes

Button remains fastest in practice two at Suzuka

Button stays on top in final practice

Vettel just pips Button to Suzuka pole

Vettel clinches title as Button wins

The F1 headlines

Barrichello: Raikkonen not best choice

Massa won't discuss Hamilton's driving

Vettel ignoring title buzz at Suzuka

Hamilton not dwelling on poor season

Lotus/Renault face name change debate

Vettel: Practice crash a wake-up call

Mallya denies planning to sell F1 team

Hamilton: Schumacher move dangerous

Webber: Q3 mess 'no one's fault'

Hembery: Tyre-saving robbing the fans

Lopez set to buy into Group Lotus

Teams concerned over Bahrain return

Massa hits out at Hamilton again

Vettel: I didn't see Button at start

Vettel pushed without thinking of title

The motorsport action

IRC: Mikkelsen claims breakthrough win

British F3: Magnussen dominates race one

British F3: Sims wins on F3 return at Silverstone

British F3: Huertas beats Magnussen in finale

Formula Renault 3.5: Wickens wins, Vergne flies to second

Formula Renault 3.5: Wickens takes title, Costa wins race

V8 Supercars: Tander/Percat win Bathurst thriller

NASCAR: Johnson dominates at Kansas

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