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Championship Standings:
1 Nico Rosberg 220
2 Lewis Hamilton 191
3 Daniel Ricciardo 156
4 Fernando Alonso 121
5 Valtteri Bottas 110
6 Sebastien Vettel 98
7 Nico Hulkenberg 70
8 Jenson Button 68
9 Felipe Massa 40
10 Kimi Raikkonen 39
11 Kevin Magnussen 37
12 Sergio Perez 33
13 Jean-Eric Vergne 11
14 Romain Grosjean 8
15 Daniil Kyvat 8
16 Jules Bianchi 2
17 Adrian Sutil --
18 Marcus Ericsson --
19 Pastor Maldanado --
20 Esteban Gutierrez --
21 Max Chilton --
22 Kamui Kobayashi --
23 Andre Lotterer --

Wins:
1 Lewis Hamilton 5
2 Nico Rosberg 4
3 Daniel Ricciardo 3

Pole Positions:
1 Nico Rosberg 7
2 Lewis Hamilton 4
3 Felipe Massa 1

Podium Finishes
1 Nico Rosberg 10
2 Lewis Hamilton 9
3 Daniel Ricciardo 6
4 Valtteri Bottas 4
T5 Fernando Alonso 2
T5 Sebastian Vettel 2
T7 Jenson Button 1
T7 Kevin Magnussen 1
T7 Sergio Perez 1

Fastest Laps:
1 Nico Rosberg 5
2 Lewis Hamilton 3
T3 Sebastien Vettel 1
T3 Kimi Raikkonen 1
T3 Felipe Massa 1
T3 Sergio Perez 1

Laps Led:
1 Nico Rosberg 348
2 Lewis Hamilton 259
3 Daniel Ricciardo 71
4 Fernando Alonso 29
5 Felipe Massa 16
6 Sergio Perez 11
7 Valtteri Bottas 4
8 Jenson Button 1

Manufacturer Statistics:
Constructors Championship
:
1 Mercedes 411
2 Red Bull-Renault 254
3 Ferrari 160
4 Williams-Mercedes 150
5 Force-India Mercedes 103
6 McLaren-Mercedes 95
7 Toro Rosso-Renault 19
8 Lotus-Renault 8
9 Marussia-Ferrari 2
10 Sauber-Ferrari 0
11 Caterham-Renault 0

Wins
1 Mercedes 9
2 Red Bull 3

Pole Positions:
1 Mercedes 11
2 Williams 1
Vettel wins 4th straight Korean GP

4th straight F1 title all but assured
Sunday, October 06, 2013

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The unbeatable Sebastian Vettel
Sebastian Vettel raced to his fourth straight Formula 1 victory in a Korean Grand Prix Sunday and all but assured his fourth straight F1 title in the process.

Kimi Raikkonen drove from 10th on the grid to finish second and his Lotus teammate, Romain Grosjean, was third.

Vettel stormed away from pole and never looked back.  Vettel is so good he pulls away in the first few laps out of DRS range and no one can ever catch him after that.  It's as if he is taking candy from a baby.

Second place starter Lewis Hamilton was out driven right from the start, and his ego deflated, was then passed by Romain Grosjean before suffering extreme tire wear in his second stint and fell back from Grosjean towards his teammate Nico Rosberg - only for the German's front wing to partially fail in a shower of sparks as he overtook his struggling teammate.

Sebastian Vettel leads Lotus duo on restart
Vettel stayed ahead of the Lotus pair on a mid-race restart to retrieve Jenson Button tire remains, with Raikkonen passing Grosjean with a spectacular Turn 1 move a lap later.

Another safety car followed when Adrian Sutil spun into Turn 3 on the restart lap and clouted Webber, causing the Red Bull to catch fire in the run-off area.

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After that restart the race ran green to the finish, with Vettel edging away from Raikkonen and Grosjean to win.

“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," said Vettel.

"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.”

Grosjean believes the appearance of the Safety Car was pivotal in him losing second position, with Lotus team-mate Kimi Raikkonen getting close enough to make a move after pitting at the same time.

Although Raikkonen is confident that he would have been able to achieve the same result under normal circumstances, Grosjean reckons the situation played into the Finn's hands, with the decisive pass coming in between the two caution periods.

"It was good to be very close to the Red Bull," began Grosjean, "but unfortunately for me and luckily for Kimi the Safety Car came and we had to pit at the same time. We wanted to get a little bit of an advantage, but I made a small mistake which is my fault. Then Kimi passed me and there were yellow flags, so I couldn't use the DRS."

Grosjean was satisfied with his overall race performance at the Yeongam circuit, however, the Frenchman returning to the rostrum for the first time since the German Grand Prix: "I tried to push hard at the end and it's good to be back on the podium."

Fernando Alonso said his pre-race feeling was "unfortunately confirmed" during Sunday's Korean Grand Prix, having predicted that his Ferrari team would struggle.

The Spaniard, who started from the third row, appeared to struggle with severe tire graining on Pirelli's Medium compound tire and ultimately had to settle for sixth position, just behind Mercedes rivals Lewis Hamilton and Sauber's Nico Hulkenberg.

"We are not competitive," said Alonso, whose run of three second place finishes ends. "Normally we have good race pace but here we didn't have the performance we expected. The long runs on Friday were not as good as at other Grands Prix.

"We knew the race was going to be tough and unfortunately we confirmed this feeling. And all the race we were stuck behind [Nico] Hulkenberg which doesn't help the tires."

He added: "Hopefully in Suzuka we can come back and fight for the podium again."

Felipe Massa, who narrowly avoided ending Alonso's race after misjudging his approach to Turn 3 on the opening lap, finished ninth in the sister Ferrari.

More to follow.....

Results

Pos Driver Team Behind
1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault +0.000s
2 Kimi Raikkonen Lotus-Renault +4.200s
3 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault +4.900s
4 Nico Hulkenberg Sauber-Ferrari +24.100s
5 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes +25.200s
6 Fernando Alonso Ferrari +26.100s
7 Nico Rosberg Mercedes +26.600s
8 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes +32.200s
9 Felipe Massa Ferrari +34.300s
10 Sergio Perez McLaren-Mercedes +35.100s
11 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari +35.900s
12 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Renault +47.000s
13 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault +50.000s
14 Charles Pic Caterham-Renault +1m03.500s
15 Giedo van der Garde Caterham-Renault +1m04.500s
16 Jules Bianchi Marussia-Cosworth +1m07.900s
17 Max Chilton Marussia-Cosworth +1m12.900s
18 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari +2 laps
19 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari +3 laps
20 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes +5 laps
DNF Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 36 laps
DNF Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 24 laps
Fastest lap: Vettel, 1:41.380

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