Red Bull's Sebastian Vettle claimed the Japanese Grand Prix title on Sunday to put himself in with a great chance of winning the driver's World Championship.
Championship leader Fernando Alonso had to retire from the race after he suffered a puncture after being hit by Lotus' Kimi Raikkonen
Vettle was followed over the line by Ferrari's Felipe Massa ,who told BBC sport, "I knew behind me there was a crash and I saw a Ferrari was out but wasn't sure which, Halfway through I was looking to see the others and I saw there [Ferrari] car still racing Felipe, I didn't know what happened to Fernando.
Massa has been fighting for his Ferrari career after not finishing on the podium all season until the past weekend where he grabbed second ahead of Kampf Kobayashi who made his first appearance on the podium.
"I was clever on the first corner to manage to avoid the accident and the pace was really good," said Massa.