Vettel Wins Korean GP
Vettel was able to get ahead of Webber, who had qualified first, after the first corner. He successfully repelled an attack by the Australian driver, as they were entering the third turn. Webber was then forced to fight back against Fernando Alonso, who was pushing hard from behind.
Jenson Button and Nico Rosberg were forced to retire, after Kamui Kobayashi crashed into the both of them - he too retired on lap 18, after having been penalized with a drive-through. At the front of the pack, Vettel was still dominating the race, and was able to extend his lead in front of Webber up to 8.2 seconds by the time he crossed the line.
The gap would have been higher, if Vettel wouldn’t have suffered excessive tire wear, which forced him to drop the pace towards the end. Following the top three, Felipe Massa finished in fourth place, while Kimi Raikkonen came in fifth. Nico Hulkenberg came in sixth, while Romain Grosjean, who managed to finish the race this time, took the seventh spot.
Lewis Hamilton only managed to finish tenth, behind Jean-Eric Vergne and Daniel Ricciardo. Following the win, Vettel takes the first spot in the drivers’ standings, with 215 points, while former top spot-holder, Fernando Alonso, is now six points behind. Kimi Raikkonen remains in third place, with 167 points, followed by Lewis Hamilton with 153 points, Mark Webber with 152 and Jenson Button with 131.
Red Bull Racing-Renault builds up the lead in the constructors’ standings, accumulating a total of 367 points, which is 77 more than second-place-holders, Ferrari, and 81 more than McLaren-Mercedes. There are now only a maximum of 100 points to get, from the last four races of the season, with India, Abu Dhabi, USA and Brazil still to go.