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Yeongam County, South Korea (Sports Network) - Series: Formula One. Date: Sunday, October 16. Race: Korean Grand Prix. Site: Korean International Circuit. Track: 5.621 km (3.49 miles), 18-turn road course. Start Time: 2:00 a.m. (et). Laps: 55. Miles: 191.773. 2010 Winner: Fernando Alonso. Television: Speed.

One week after running the Japanese Grand Prix, Formula One will continue its Asian tour with Sunday's Korean Grand Prix.

Sebastian Vettel from Red Bull has already clinched his second straight world championship, but there is still another matter at hand -- the constructors' title. Red Bull will likely wrap up the constructors' championship for the second year in a row this weekend. The team has accumulated 518 points so far, compared to 388 for McLaren.

"It's still open, so we obviously still have to get that one, and it's looking pretty good at the moment," Vettel said. "We are leading the point table, but I don't think we can allow ourselves to get too excited. We still have to get the job done. We are looking forward to the next four races. We have a great car under our belt and a great team."

Vettel has nine wins so far, while his teammate, Mark Webber, has yet to score a victory this season.

Jenson Button comes to Korea fresh off an impressive win in Japan. Button, who signed a new multi-year contract with McLaren prior to the Japanese GP, notched his third victory of the season.

"Winning in Japan was one of the most satisfying and emotional victories of my career, and I'm really looking forward to carrying that momentum into this weekend," Button said.

Button is hoping for a better performance in this year's Korean GP. He finished a disappointing 12th in the 2010 inaugural race.

"Although last year's Korean Grand Prix wasn't one of my greatest performances -- we just couldn't get the car hooked up properly -- I think that, given the current pace of the car and the form the team has at the moment, I'm going into this year's race feeling much more positive."

Fernando Alonso from Ferrari had the honors of winning the first F1 race on the 3.49-mile (5.621-kilometer), 18-turn Korean International Circuit. Alonso survived monsoon-like conditions in the early going. He then benefited from Vettel and Webber failing to finish the 55-lap event. Vettel ran in front all the way up to lap 46 before he suffered engine failure. He wound up finishing 17th. While running second on lap 19, Webber experienced a suspension problem, which caused him to spin around and hit the wall. He placed 23rd.

Alonso crossed the finish line 15 seconds ahead of his closest competitor, McLaren's Lewis Hamilton, for his fifth win of the season. Alonso has only one victory so far this year, which came in the British Grand Prix. He is currently third in points, trailing second-place Button by eight markers.

"I prefer a win and finish fifth in the championship than finish second and not win one of the remaining races," Alonso said.

Four grand prix remain on this year's F1 calendar -- Korea, India, Abu Dhabi and Brazil.

10/12 13:07:52 ET


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