The incident between Verstappen and Vettel may have been the highlight, but Mercedes put on a show yet again and Lewis Hamilton strolled to victory with Valtteri Bottas fighting off the late challenge of Verstappen to bring home second place. Under-braking, Vettel barged into the side of Verstappen's Red Bull before spinning round in a flurry of sparks.
"I hope you guys are not getting bored of this, because I'm definitely not", added Hamilton, who has now won six of the last seven races and four in a row.
That is the news from Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff, after the Sochi-Suzuka double header in which Finn Bottas was clearly playing the "number 2" role in support of runaway championship leader Lewis Hamilton.
We look at five moments of the race that made the race at Suzuka, the only figure of eight circuit, one of the most exciting races of the year. "And Austin is usually a good track for us so I can't wait to unleash this beast there", he added, pointing at his auto.
Vettel started eighth after a failed tyre gamble in qualifying, dropped to 19th after the incident before fighting back to sixth and 67 points behind victor and rival Lewis Hamilton.
"We knew we would have a tough battle this year, and you have seen all of the ups and downs, but competition-wise it has been one of the most I have enjoyed in my career". A poorly calculated overtaking move, however, resulted in the German colliding with the Dutchman and spinning off track and falling to the 18th place as a effect.
Nonetheless, Vettel said before leaving Suzuka: "I will not leave Ferrari". Further down the order, Sergio Perez took seventh for Force India ahead of Romain Grosjean's Haas.
The Dutchman incurred a five-second time penalty for nudging Kimi Raikkonen off the track at the chicane, turning the air blue on team radio when informed of the punishment.
Esteban Ocon completed a double points finish for Force India in ninth while Carlos Sainz took the final point for Renault.
There was an early collision with Sauber driver Charles Leclerc hitting the rear tire of Kevin Magnussen resulting in a puncture and bringing out the safety auto. "You know with Max, he's never going to give an inch and it's cost Sebastian dear today", he said.