Vettel grabs points lead with Korean GP win|
Yeongam, South Korea (Sports Network) - Sebastian Vettel from Red Bull
reclaimed the lead in the Formula One world championship point standings after
winning Sunday's Korean Grand Prix.
Vettel, the two-time defending world champion, started second but passed his
teammate and pole sitter, Mark Webber, on the opening lap and never looked
back from there. The 25-year-old German crossed the finish line 8.2 seconds
ahead of Webber for his fourth win of the season and the 25th of his F1
career, which placed him in a tie with Jim Clark and Niki Lauda for seventh on
the all-time race winners list.
"I'm very pleased," Vettel said. "It was a fantastic race, and the foundation
was to have a good start. I wasn't sure, because I was starting on the dirty
side, but I had reasonable grip and a very good launch. I was able to get by
Vettel did encounter some minor problems late in the 55-lap race at Korean
International Circuit. He had a lock up one lap before his second and final
pit stop. Vettel also experienced tire-wear issues in the closing laps.
"We had two brilliant pit stops, but the only mistake I really made was when I
locked up the front right quite badly in turn three, so it was a bit of a
mistake from my side," he said. "Fortunately by then, we had quite a cushion
from the cars behind me. Then I was able to control the gaps at the end. We
were all a little bit worried about the front tires, because we saw a lot of
people locking up wheels and overshooting the apexes."
Vettel has now won three straight grand prix -- Singapore, Japan and Korea. He
led from start to finish in last week's Japanese Grand Prix. With four races
left, Vettel holds a six-point lead over Fernando Alonso from Ferrari. Alonso
"I have to thank the (team) on this one, because there was not that much of a
break arriving here from Japan," Vettel said. "We have made another step, and
that's exactly what we needed. Hopefully, we can carry that momentum through
the next races."
It's the first time Vettel has held the points lead since the May 13 Spanish
Grand Prix in Barcelona.
Webber's second-place run gave Red Bull a 1-2 finish for the first time this
"The start wasn't sensational, so I'll have to look into it," Webber said.
"The initial getaway wasn't too great. I just tried to hang in there as best
as I could. It was a good drive for Seb, and a great day for the team. Of
course, I'm disappointed, but I'm happy to get a good result."
Red Bull widened its lead in the constructors' championship standings. The
team has accumulated 367 points compared to 290 for Ferrari and 284 for
McLaren. Alonso's teammate, Felipe Massa, finished fourth, allowing Ferrari to
move ahead of McLaren in the constructors' race.
"We have to be happy with our performance today," Alonso said. "It was a good
day for the team, for Felipe and me. We are moving in the right direction. We
just need an extra step to be as competitive as Red Bull. I think we'll be
good in the four races ahead."
Alonso made his ninth podium appearance of the season, which is more than any
McLaren drivers Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button both struggled in this race.
Hamilton dealt with tire issues throughout the event and ended up finishing
Button was knocked out of the race on the first lap when Sauber's Kamui
Kobayashi made contact with him. While trying to pass him for position,
Kobayashi hit the side of Button, causing suspension damage and a punctured
tire. Nico Rosberg from Mercedes was also involved in the incident and retired
on the opening lap as well.
"It's pretty disappointing," Button said. "It's a long race, and there are so
many overtaking opportunities here, so there's no need to do that."
Kobayashi received a drive-through penalty for causing the collision. He
retired later in the race.
"I was fighting for position, but someone hit my car, and I couldn't control
it," he said.
Kimi Raikkonen from Lotus finished fifth, followed by Force India's Nico
Hulkenberg and Raikkonen's teammate, Romain Grosjean. Toro Rosso drivers Jean-
Eric Vergne and Daniel Ricciardo placed eighth and ninth, respectively.
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