Vettel Takes Victory At Action Packed Korean Grand Prix

Sebastian Vettel was unstoppable on his charge from pole to podium today at the Korean Grand Prix to seal his fourth consecutive win and eighth of the season. The German kept absolute dominance over the rest of the grid excluding his various trips down the pitlane. Right from the start he was untouchable – Hamilton dropped well behind him from second on the grid and led the fight for P2 which is the now common central battle.

There was no contact in the first corner but Felipe Massa spun on the kerbs at the third corner and spun towards his team-mate, Alonso forced to take to the run-off area to avoid contact. Both Jenson Button and Adrian Sutil damaged their front wings while trying to get through the ensuing chaos, but no drivers were forced to retire.

Almost as soon as the race started, the stewards were busy investigating Giedo van der Garde on suspicion that he forced Marussia’s Jules Bianchi off track – and he was penalised for same. Next up was Perez who was under a similar investigation for pushing Di Resta off the track, but stewards postponed the investigation until after the race in order to hear the driver’s point of view.

The Stewards were waiting to interview Di Resta after he finished, but that time came much quicker than they were expecting when Di Resta spun out and retired due to driver error for the fourth race in a row. Hamilton was complaining of tyre degradation and was begging to be allowed to change his tyres but before he could, the team had to wait for Rosberg to pit to fix his front wing which had partly detached itself and was now scraping the ground. He circled the circuit, fitted a new nose and was on his way.

No sooner Rosberg’s drama over then Perez suffered a tyre delamination and deployed the Safety Car. Mark Webber who was running right behind the Mexican suffered a puncture, merely seconds after coming out of the pitlane, due to debris left on track. Vettel survived the restart in the lead, but Sutil lost control of his car in a straight line and speared Red Bull’s Mark Webber into turn 3. Sutil continued on but Webber’s RB9 burst into flames and spurred an unathorised Fire Marshall jeep on track which in turn spurred a Safety Car.

Vettel was still safely in the lead but Hulkenberg was defending fourth place tooth and nail from Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton who just couldn’t make it past the young German. Further back, Felipe Massa, Pastor Maldonado, Esteban Gutierrez and Sergio Perez were in an all South-American scrap for position which resulted in Felipe Massa trumping the rest.

And so to the closing stages of the race when Adrian Sutil pulled into the pits for the umpteenth double DNF for Force India in 2013. Daniel Ricciardo also retired, pulling over on at turn 11 on the penultimate lap.

And so Sebastian Vettel crossed the line to take his 34th career victory. Kimi Raikkonen led team-mate Romain Grosjean home while ‘The Incredible Hulk’ crossed the line fourth, in a stunning effort from the Sauber driver. Fernando Alonso was sixth which means that if Sebastian Vettel wins the Japanese Grand Prix next Sunday, and Alonso is eight of lower, Vettel will be crowned Champion in Suzuka.

  1. Sebastian Vettel
  2. Kimi Raikkonen
  3. Romain Grosjean
  4. Nico Hulkenberg
  5. Lewis Hamilton
  6. Fernando Alonso
  7. Nico Rosberg
  8. Jenson Button
  9. Felipe Massa
  10. Sergio Perez
  11. Esteban Gutierrez
  12. Valtteri Bottas
  13. Pastor Maldonado
  14. Charles Pic
  15. Giedo van der Garde
  16. Jules Bianchi
  17. Max Chilton
  18. Jean-Eric Vergne
  19. Daniel Ricciardo *
  20. Adrian Sutil *

(*Driver completed 90% race distance and is classified)

  • Mark Webber – Collision
  • Adrian Sutil – Driver Error
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