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autoviva2012-10-14 17:30:40

Vettel leading championship after win in Korea

Vettel dominated the Korean Grand Prix

Double world champion Sebastian Vettel is on track to revalidate his crown after a dominant victory in the Korean Grand Prix on Sunday that gave him the championship lead.

The German took a third consecutive victory and Red BullRed BullRed BullAustria, 2004 > present12 models
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achieved a one-two victory with Mark Webber taking second place. Despite a good start Fernando Alonso was never able to follow the Red Bulls pace and only made it to the last place on the podium, enough to lose the championship lead to Vettel.

Despite starting from pole position Mark Webber lost he lead to his teammate at the start, who withstood pressure from Australian until Turn 3, but thereafter was free to flee from all competition. The German increased his advantage to 10 seconds and from there he just took care of the tires to get to the end of the race in the lead.

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had a disastrous day in South Korea with Jenson Button retiring on the first lap after Kamui Kobayashi crashed into the Brit and the MercedesMercedes-BenzMercedes-BenzGermany, 1924 > present197 models
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of Nico Rosberg on Turn 3. Lewis Hamilton ran the first part of the race behind Alonso, but lost his pace with the second set of tires and was eventually overtaken by Massa and Raikkonen before opting for a strategy of three stops which eventually toss him to 10th place.
After overtaking Hamilton, Felipe Massa began closing up to his teammate but received a message from his team asking him to hold the position, finishing in a perhaps disappointing fourth place. Raikkonen was fifth.

Hulkenberg pulled off one of the highlights of the race overtaking in one move Lewis Hamilton and Romain Grosjean. The German finished the race in a fantastic sixth place.

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's race was highlighted in South Korea with both cars finishing in scoring places. Jean-Daniel Eric Vergne and Ricciardo came from the back of the grid and finished in eighth and ninth places.

Results Korean Grand Prix
Pos No Driver Team Laps Time/Retired Pts
1 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing-Renault 55 1:36:28.651 25
2 2 Mark Webber Red Bull Racing-Renault 55 +8.2 secs 18
3 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 55 +13.9 secs 15
4 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 55 +20.1 secs 12
5 9 Kimi Räikkönen Lotus-Renault 55 +36.7 secs 10
6 12 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 55 +45.3 secs 8
7 10 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 55 +54.8 secs 6
8 17 Jean-Eric Vergne STR-Ferrari 55 +69.5 secs 4
9 16 Daniel Ricciardo STR-Ferrari 55 +71.7 secs 2
10 4 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 55 +79.6 secs 1
11 15 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 55 +80.0 secs  
12 11 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 55 +84.4 secs  
13 7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 55 +89.2 secs  
14 18 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 55 +94.9 secs  
15 19 Bruno Senna Williams-Renault 55 +96.9 secs  
16 21 Vitaly Petrov Caterham-Renault 54 +1 Lap  
17 20 Heikki Kovalainen Caterham-Renault 54 +1 Lap  
18 24 Timo Glock Marussia-Cosworth 54 +1 Lap  
19 25 Charles Pic Marussia-Cosworth 53 +2 Laps  
20 23 Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 53 +2 Laps  
Ret 22 Pedro de la Rosa HRT-Cosworth 16 Throttle  
Ret 14 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 16 Accident damage  
Ret 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1 Accident  
Ret 3 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1 Accident

You can check here the Drivers' and Constructor's Championship Standings.

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