Red Bull will be leaving Korea with a strange sense of Déjà Vu following the similarity between the Korean Grand Prix and the Singapore Grand Prix two weeks ago.
As what happened in Singapore, Sebastian Vettel started from pole and took a remarkably easy win while Mark Webber in the other Red Bull ended the race in flames.
And while Vettel crossed the line victorious for what seems like the fiftieth time this season, it was still special to the young German who said, “It was a long race today, but it’s really great to win.”
“The start was crucial, it’s always tricky here as you’re nervous about the long straight when you start from pole. Fortunately we had good traction off the line and I had a strong exit out of the first corner. We kept the lead and tried to control the race from there. I think Mercedes had more range than us today, but we were able to win which is great. It was a very strong performance from the whole team and I’m happy. We’re just focusing on continuing to take one step at a time and trying to get the best out of the car at every single race.”
While the first car cruised to victory, the second car suffered a string of bad luck which included suffering a puncture from the debris of Sergio Perez’s delamination and then the innocent victim of Adrian Sutil’s bizarre straight-line spin, the latter causing a fire which prompted Webber’s retirement from the race.
“The incident with Sutil was obviously the end of my race today. Webber said. “It was in Turn 3 on the restart, everyone bottles back up and I was looking for a big exit on the next straight to use some KERS on Daniel (Ricciardo) and the Williams. Then Sutil, I don’t know what happened, but obviously he hit me from the inside and that was that. There was quite a lot of damage at the back of the car and I hope it hasn’t gone towards the chassis – we will have to see before the next race.
“Before that I was very happy with how I drove and we’d got back to a very good position before I got the puncture. After the Pirelli tyre failure on Perez’ car, I was very lucky to miss the tread of the tyre that came off and then unbelievably I managed to get a puncture from going through the debris.”
As for Vettel, if he can win the Japanese Grand Prix, and Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso finishes eighth or lower, he will be proclaimed World Champion for the fourth consecutive season.