Sebastian Vettel led from start to finish to win the Japanese Grand Prix as world championship leader and online favourite to secure the drivers' title, Jenson Button, picked up a potentially vital point in Suzuka.
Vettel completed a dominant weekend in his Red Bull with a relatively straightforward victory despite a late safety car increasing the pressure on the German.
But an eighth-placed finish from Brawn GP's Button could well prove vital with just two races remaining in the season.
Vettel was comfortably ahead and coasting to victory before Jaime Alguersuari planted his Toro Rosso into a tyre wall with ten laps remaining.
However, he managed to streak away from closest challengers Jarno Trulli and Lewis Hamilton to close out a victory which has kept his slim title hopes alive.
Vettel is now 16 points behind championship leader Button heading into the penultimate race in Brazil in two weeks' time. Button claimed one point after capitalising on a eighth-lap collision involving Adrian Sutil and Heikki Kovalainen.
In rugby league, Wigan Warriors coach Brian Noble has left the Super League club following Saturday's 14-10 play-off defeat at St Helens.
The former Bradford Bulls and Great Britain coach was out of contract at the JJB Stadium at the end of the season and Noble confirmed his departure following post-game talks with club owner Ian Lenagan.
Noble, who has been linked with the vacancy at fellow Super League side Celtic Crusaders, had been in charge of the Warriors for three-and-a-half-years.
In cricket, Alastair Cook looks set to take over the captaincy from the rested Andrew Strauss for England's tour to Bangladesh next year.
According to reports, the England and Wales Cricket Board have decided to rest Strauss following a hectic ten months at the helm in which he has led the side in three separate series and two ICC tournaments.
Strauss will be at the helm for an upcoming 80-day Test and one-day tour to South Africa which begins in November, but seems unlikely to be heading to Bangladesh.
In football, Sir Alex Ferguson turned the spotlight on referee Alan Wiley after Manchester United got out of jail with a last-gasp 2-2 draw against Sunderland on Saturday evening.
The champions salvaged a point from a game in which they were never ahead after a last-gasp own goal from Anton Ferdinand denied the Wearsiders a famous win at Old Trafford.
Wiley was the fourth official for last month's highly-charged Manchester derby, which United won deep into a controversial amount of added time.
However, Ferguson - who also became involved in several heated disputes with fourth official Mike Dean - slammed the fitness levels of Wiley.