Vettel adds to F1 points lead with Korean GP win|
Yeongam, South Korea (SportsNetwork.com) - Sebastian Vettel is on the brink of
claiming his fourth consecutive Formula One world championship after winning
Sunday's Korean Grand Prix.
Vettel prevailed in an incident-filled race that featured the safety car being
deployed twice. He also experienced graining problems with his tires. The 26-
year German crossed the finish line 4.2 seconds ahead of Lotus' Kimi Raikkonen
for his fourth straight grand prix victory. Vettel won in Belgium, Italy and
Singapore prior to South Korea.
"I'm just loving what I do," Vettel said. "The team is fantastic. I think we
all have a good time and just enjoy the moment really."
Vettel also won the Korean GP in 2011 and last year.
He has now accumulated 272 points for the season, which is 77 points more than
his closest competitor, Fernando Alonso from Ferrari. Alonso finished sixth.
There are five races remaining. If Vettel extends his lead to 125 points or
more in next Sunday's Japanese Grand Prix, then he will claim his fourth title
in a row.
The first deployment of the safety car came on lap 31 after Sergio Perez had a
tire come apart on his McLaren, littering the track with debris. When the race
resumed on lap 37, Adrian Sutil from Force India spun in turn 3 and collected
Vettel's teammate, Mark Webber, whose car erupted into flames. The safety car
slowed the field again.
"Not great getting stuck behind the safety car," Vettel said. "We had a little
bit of a gap. Extremely happy with the result, great job by the team. We had
two very good stops. I think it was quite good to have the safety car coming
out the first time, since we were just a couple of corners before the pit
While Raikkonen finished second, his teammate, Romain Grosjean, crossed the
line in third.
Nico Hulkenberg drove his Sauber to a fourth-place finish, while Lewis
Hamilton from Mercedes was fifth. Hamilton's teammate, Nico Rosberg, took the
seventh spot, followed by McLaren's Jenson Button and Felipe Massa from
Ferrari. Perez completed the top-10.
Raikkonen is now 105 points behind Vettel. Hamilton trails by 111 points and
Webber 142. It was the second straight race that Webber failed to finish.
10/06 07:39:19 ET