Sauber’s new parts helped Sergio Perez to eighth from 17th on the grid despite him being unwell.
Force India paid the price of not splitting their strategies as the safety car delayed both drivers.
Williams’ weekend improved after a dreadful Friday but they failed to score for the 12th time this year.
Toro Rosso paid the price for only doing one run in Q2.
Both Lotus cars finished the race on the lead lap, which hasn’t happened since 1987.
Virgin suffered an unusual problem at Suzuka as their timing information failed during the race.
Liuzzi donned a special helmet for the Japanese Grand Prix but it brought him no luck.
All the stats and facts from the Japanese Grand Prix.
Schumacher went from 24th to fifth at Spa; Rosberg climbed to tenth from 23rd at Suzuka.
Sebastian Vettel paid tribute to his team after winning the world championship for the second time.