In the grand scheme of things, whether or not Sebastian Vettel becomes a four-time world champion in Sunday's Japanese Grand Prix is of little consequence.
His coronation has been a foregone conclusion for several races now and the odds are against him clinching the title at Suzuka. But for those with a sense of history - and Vettel himself should be counted among that number - there's a genuine appeal to the championship being secured on the ultra-fast sweeps of this great track.
The title has been sealed at Suzuka no less than 11 times. Back in 1987, when the Honda-owned track staged its first world championship race, Nelson Piquet made sure of his third world title with the help of Williams team-mate Nigel Mansell's heavy shunt during practice. It has been a regular occurrence since, with two infamous collisions between Alain Prost and Ayrton Senna now the calling card of the venue.
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Edd Straw is Editor-in-Chief of Autosport, overseeing both print and digital versions of the brand. Edd has worked for Autosport since joining as a junior reporter in 2002. He became Editor in November 2014, having previously worked as National Editor, News Editor and Grand Prix Editor.
Originally from Guernsey in the Channel Islands, he joined Autosport shortly after graduating from university. He went on to cover a wide range of categories from club motorsport to the World Touring Car Championship and Le Mans to Formula 3 before switching to F1 full-time at the 2008 French Grand Prix. He continues to cover a range of international events in his position as Editor-in-Chief.
In his spare time, he was formerly a club racer whose abilities did not match his enthusiasm in a variety of categories.