Vettel leads Red Bull 1-2 in Korea

Sebastian Vettel celebrates his third consecutive win in Korea on Sunday. Photo courtesy of Press Association.

YEOGNAM, South Korea-After trailing then series leader Fernando Alonso by nearly 20 points a few races ago, Sebastian Vettel continued to dominate his attempt to win a third consecutive world driving championship by dominating the Korean Grand Prix Sunday afternoon in Yeognam . The German won his third race in a row by 8.2 seconds over his Red Bull teammate Mark Webber with Alonso taking third. Vettel now leads the championship for the first time this season by six points with four races remaining.

"I think it was a perfect day for me and the team.” Said Vettel later. “It was important to get a good start. I was able to out-accelerate Mark and get side by side, I had the inside for Turn 3 and a good exit, which meant I could stay ahead for Turn 4. I was in the lead, but we have seen before that it doesn't always stick. My one mistake today was a lock-up going in to Turn 3, but with the tires it was marginal for everyone. You couldn't push so much and my front right didn't look too happy from the inside many times. We were able to pull away in the first and second stint and hold it for the third. We will have to do our best to remain where we are now. We have to just keep it simple and do our job."

The race got off to an exciting start as Kamui Kobyaschi, fresh off his third place finish at is home track at Suzuka, struck Jenson Button’s McLaren at turn three, severing Button’s front wing and forcing the Englishman to abandon the race. Nico Rosberg was also a victim of the incident, parking his Mercedes off the track as well. For his shunt, Kobyaschi himself was hit with a drive through penalty and never recovered for the rest of the race. Kobyaschi retired midway through the race.

Vettel got a good start in the race, taking advantage of a poor Webber start and dominated the race, even still coming out onto the track in the lead after his two scheduled pit stops. The world champion continued to develop a gap which began at three and a half seconds on lap 13, and continued to increase to 5.1 seconds on lap 18. Vettel’s biggest lead was at 8.8 seconds on lap 38, and with many warnings from his pits to be careful of a weak and wearing front right tire, Vettel only lost six tenths of a second when he crossed the finish.

Vettel’s fourth straight attempt for a victory will be in two weeks’ time at the Indian Grand Prix in New Dehli on October 28th.

Grand Prix of Korea- Yeognam, South Korea- Top Ten finishers

  1. Sebastian Vettel (GER)  Red Bull Racing
  2. Mark Webber (AUS)      Red Bull Racing
  3. Fernando Alonso (SPA)  Ferrari
  4. Felipe Massa (BRA)       Ferrari
  5. Kimi Raikkonen (FIN)   Lotus Renault
  6. Nico Hulkenberg (GER)  Force India
  7. Romain Grosjean (FRA)  Lotus Renault
  8. Jean-Eric Vergne (FRA)  Toro Rosso
  9. Daniel Riccardo (AUS)    Toro Rosso
  10. Lewis Hamilton (GBR)    McLaren

World Championship Standings- 1. Vettel- 215 points; 2. Alonso- 209; 3. Raikkonen- 167; 4. Hamilton- 153; 5. Webber-152; 6. Button- 131; 7. Rosberg- 93; 8. Grosjean- 88; 9. Massa- 81; 10. Perez-

Mark Gero

A 12 year veteran writer who has covered race weekends for RIS for three years. Also did the same for the last two years, I have been a member of AARWBA.

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Volume 2012, Issue 9, Posted 11:44 AM, 10.14.2012