Korean Grand Prix – Sebastian Vettel topples Fernando Alonso with another victory
It looked like yet another walk in the park for Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel. The German who is fighting to win his third successive World Championship blazed in front of his opponents to record victory at the Korean Grand Prix.
Sebastian Vettel was facing some tire-wear problems at the end of the race, but the young German made those problems appear non-existent.
By grabbing another first place finish on the podium, Sebastian Vettel won recorded his third victory in a row at the Yeongam circuit on Sunday. The victory also moved Sebastian Vettel in front of Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso to the top of the Drivers Standings.
Sebastian Vettel now has a six point lead over the Spaniard with just four races remaining in the Formula One season.
Fernando Alonso also grabbed a podium finish. The 31-year-old Ferrari driver, who earlier called the remaining Formula One season a mini-championship between him and Sebastian Vettel, came third at the Yeongam circuit.
In his podium interview Sebastian Vettel told reporters that he was happy with the way things were going and was looking forward to competing with Fernando Alonso for the World Championship.
“Yeah, very pleased, fantastic, I’m very, very happy. I think it was a fantastic race. Obviously the foundation was to have a good start, which I wasn’t sure because I was starting on the dirty side but I have to say I had reasonable grip and a very good launch,” Sebastian Vettel said.
Sebastian Vettel’s teammate Mark Webber came second in the race, although he didn’t kick off to a good start from pole position.
“I think Mark [Webber] had a little bit of wheel-slip and I was able to get even side-byside. Even then it wasn’t over because it’s a long way,” Sebastian Vettel said. “When I was up-shifting to seventh gear I could hear Mark [Webber] coming, he was side-by-side and then I tried to use my KERS to defend and fortunately had a good exit after the third corner, so was able to stay ahead. And after that tried to push.
“It was quite close in the first stint, Mark [Webber] was always on my toes but towards the end I felt I had a little bit more left in the tyres and could go a little bit longer.”
Last week Sebastian Vettel declared the RB8 as a dream car, while praising Red Bull for putting together a “perfect car”. The 25-year-old was happy with his car’s performance once again and he credited the exceptional performance to his hardworking team.
“I have to thank the boys on this one,” Sebastian Vettel said. “The mechanics in the garage because they have been flat-out, arriving here obviously there’s not much break from Japan to here, flat-out every night and working very hard on the car. I think we have done another step and that is exactly what we need and hopefully we can carry that momentum through to the next races.”