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Sunday, October 6, 2013


Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel has taken his fourth win in a row to extend his championship lead at the Korean Grand Prix. The German become the first driver to win in Korea from pole, and give himself the mathematical possibility of clinching his fourth world title in Japan next weekend. If he wins at Suzuka, and Fernando Alonso fails to finish higher than ninth, Vettel will be the 2013 World Champion.

Jules Bianchi and Charles Pic will be hit with 10-place grid penalties after both receiving their third reprimands of the season for failing to respond to yellow flags during the Korean Grand Prix.

Sebastian Vettel: "It was a long race today, but it’s really great to win. The start was crucial, it’s always tricky here as you’re nervous about the long straight when you start from pole. Fortunately we had good traction off the line and I had a strong exit out of the first corner. We kept the lead and tried to control the race from there. I think Mercedes had more range than us today, but we were able to win which is great. It was a very strong performance from the whole team and I’m happy. We’re just focusing on continuing to take one step at a time and trying to get the best out of the car at every single race."

Lotus F1 Team scored its third double podium of the season as Kimi Raikkonen took second and Romain Grosjean third in an emphatic team performance at the Korean Grand Prix. Both drivers benefited from strong race pace and drove superbly, including dicing with each other, during a race which saw two safety car periods.

Kimi Raikkonen: "Second place is ok and a good result for the team, but we’re here to win and having to fight your way to the front from a bad starting position is not ideal. Qualifying was pretty awful for me, but it’s difficult to say whether a better grid position would have made the difference. Sebastian was faster than us at the end; not massively, but a little bit for sure and his tyres were fresher too so I think it would have been tough to catch him in any case. We were closer to the Red Bull today than we have been in some races, but not close enough. People might say it was good luck with the safety car, but sometimes these things go with you and others they go against you. We made up some places even before that happened, and if we hadn’t had the speed then we wouldn’t have been in a position to take advantage. You could see at the end that we had more than enough pace to keep the others behind, so I think it’s deserved."

Romain Grosjean: "It’s a fantastic result for the team. Of course, one step higher on the podium would have been better for me and two steps better would have been superb, but it didn’t quite work out that way. Our battle with Lewis was good and our pace was great, but the two safety car periods hurt our attempts to battle for the win. After the restart I should have been in front of Kimi on the road, but it was my mistake which let him past. I went a bit wide in Turn 15 and got on the Astroturf, which is very slippery, and that let him get a run on me. Then there were yellow flags into Turn 3 so I couldn’t take the place back straight away. Of course, I was asking the team to let me past Kimi as I was on fresher tyres, but they left us to race which is our philosophy of fair play. You lose so much downforce in sectors two and three and obviously our cars are pretty close on performance so it’s pretty hard to pass, but we have to be very happy with a double podium."
55 laps, 308.630km., Weather: Dry.

 P.    DRIVER              TEAM             TIME     
 1. Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull        1h43:13.701
 2. Kimi Raikkonen        Lotus            +    4.224
 3. Romain Grosjean       Lotus            +    4.927
 4. Nico Hulkenberg       Sauber           +   24 114
 5. Lewis Hamilton        Mercedes AMG     +   25 255
 6. Fernando Alonso       Ferrari          +   26.189
 7. Nico Rosberg          Mercedes AMG     +   26.698
 8. Jenson Button         McLaren          +   32.262
 9. Felipe Massa          Ferrari          +   34.390
10. Sergio Perez          McLaren          +   35.155
11. Esteban Gutierrez     Sauber           +   35.990
12. Valtteri Bottas       Williams         +   47.049
13. Pastor Maldonado      Williams         +   50.013
14. Charles Pic           Caterham         + 1:03.578
15. Guido van der Garde   Caterham         + 1:04.501
16. Jules Bianchi         Marusaia         + 1:07.970
17. Max Chilton           Marussia         + 1:12.898
18. Jean-Eric Vergne      Toro Rosso       +   2 laps
19. Daniel Ricciardo      Toro Rosso       +   3 laps
20. Adrian Sutil          Force India      +   5 laps

Fastest Lap: Sebastian Vettel - 1:41.380             

DRIVER                 TEAM           On Lap         
Mark Webber            Red Bull          36
Paul di Resta          Force India       24

After 14 Races:                
 Drivers:                 Constructors:              
 1. S.Vettel      272     1. Red Bull         402
 2. F.Alonso      195     2. Ferrari          284
 3. K.Raikkonen   167     3. Mercedes AMG     283
 4. L.Hamilton    161     4. Lotus            239
 5. M.Webber      130     5. McLaren           81
 6. N.Rosberg     122     6. Force India       62
 7. F.Massa        89     7. Sauber            31
 8. R.Grosjean     72     8. Toro Rosso        31
 9. J.Button       58     9. Williams           1
10. N.Hulkenberg   31       
11. P.Di Resta     36       
12. A.Sutil        26       
13. S.Perez        23       
14. D.Ricciardo    18       
15. J.Vergne       13       
16. P.Maldonado     1