Driver feud is subplot to Vettel's F1 title charge

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TOKYO (AP) -- A lingering feud between McLaren driver Lewis Hamilton and Ferrari's Felipe Massa is providing an interesting subplot to this weekend's Japanese Grand Prix, in which Sebastian Vettel should wrap up back-to-back Formula One titles.

The Red Bull driver needs just one point in Sunday's race -- or McLaren's Jenson Button to fail to win -- to become the sport's youngest two-title winner. Given that Vettel has not finished below fourth in any race this season, the odds of him clinching the crown at Suzuka are overwhelmingly in his favor.

The feud between Hamilton and Massa is a hangover from the previous race in Singapore, where Hamilton caused a collision between the pair, prompting the Ferrari driver to angrily confront his British rival during a post-race media session.