Sebastian Vettel served another classic this morning as he dominated the Korean Grand Prix to win his eighth race of the season. The victory was his 34th career win and after surging past Alonso last week in Singapore on the all time win list, the German is now closing in on Ayrton Senna's 41 wins who sits in third place.
The Red Bull driver can take his fourth consecutive championship should he win the next race in Japan if Fernando Alonso, who finished sixth, fails to score. They say nothing good comes easy, He had to deal with two safety car periods and an interruption from a fire truck which entered the circuit during the race, causing the second period behind the Mercedes SLS.
Vettel said afterwards, ”It’s not great getting stuck behind the safety car but really pleased with the result and great by the team. Fortunately we had enough pace to get ahead after both safety cars but both Kimi and Romain were very competitive and did better with their tyres. I am really enjoying things at the moment, we have a great team and we are having a great time.”
Kimi Raikkonen finished second for Lotus ahead of team-mate Romain Grosjean, whilst Nico Hulkenberg impressed massively to take fourth with a brilliant defensive drive to keep fifth placed Lewis Hamilton behind.
Raikkonen summed up his afternoon, ”It was OK. I think I lost a place on the first straight. The car has been under steering this weekend and was doing it today and I had to look after my front tyres. I got stuck in traffic but even without the safety car we could have finished on podium.”
Whilst Vettel's race was fairly uneventful, the same couldn't be said for his team-mate Mark Webber who started 13th. Contact with Adrian Sutil resulted in his car errupting in flames. That incident ended his race, but also caused a safety car when bizarrely a fire truck drove onto the circuit at its own accord, causing the racing pack to line up behind it. Once the race restarted, Vettel pulled away to maintain a healthy lead and took the checkered flag for the eighth time in 2013.
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