Suzuka — Sebastian Vettel may need to rely on a stroke of luck at the Japanese Grand Prix on Sunday if the German wants to keep alive his diminishing hopes of claiming a fifth Formula One title. Even victory at Suzuka may be a case of "too little, too late" for the Ferrari driver, with Lewis Hamilton sitting 50 points clear and just five races remaining. The simple mathematics mean the Briton, who has won five of the last six races for Mercedes, including in Russia last weekend, does not even need to register another victory this season to claim a fifth world title of his own. "Maybe the next couple of tracks are better suited for us, we will know when we get there," said Vettel, who has five wins to Hamilton’s eight in 2018 and finished third in Sochi and in Singapore. "We need to keep pushing and try. Who knows what will happen in the next races. It takes one DNF [did not finish] and then all of a sudden things look different," he told reporters after Sochi. "Ideally two — which I...

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