Vettel wins Korean Grand Prix



One week after taking the drivers' title at Suzuka, Red Bull win the constructors' championship. Sebastian Vettel finishes first in Korea ahead of Lewis Hamilton and Mark Webber.

Lewis Hamilton just about managed to hold off the challenge from Sebastian Vettel at the start, but as early as turn 4, he was overtaken by the Red Bull man. Meanwhile, Jenson Button had lost several positions, falling back to sixth behind Mark Webber and both Ferraris. While Nico Rosberg successfully defended his seventh place, Michael Schumacher moved up two positions to take P10 by the end of the first lap. All the while, Vettel was steadily consolidating his lead.
Button was the first of the leading group to pit, coming in on lap 14, closely followed by Rosberg. The McLaren man emerged first, but was then overtaken by Rosberg on the track. Undismayed, Button counterattacked and re-passed the Mercedes driver.

Felipe Massa and Mark Webber pitted on lap 15 for fresh rubber, with Hamilton and Alonso following suit one lap later. The McLaren driver had been complaining about vibration and understeer, so his mechanics performed a wing adjustment for good measure.

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during the Japanese Formula One Grand Prix at Suzuka Circuit on October 9, 2011 in Suzuka, Japan.

during the Australian Formula One Grand Prix at the Albert Park Circuit on March 27, 2011 in Melbourne, Australia.
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 27: Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Red Bull Racing celebrates on the podium after winning the Australian Formula One Grand Prix at the Albert Park Circuit on March 27, 2011 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)
during the Malaysian Formula One Grand Prix at the Sepang Circuit on April 10, 2011 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
during the Malaysian Formula One Grand Prix at the Sepang Circuit on April 10, 2011 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
during the Chinese Formula One Grand Prix at the Shanghai International Circuit on April 17, 2011 in Shanghai, China.
during the Chinese Formula One Grand Prix at the Shanghai International Circuit on April 17, 2011 in Shanghai, China.
during the Turkish Formula One Grand Prix at the Istanbul Park circuit on May 8, 2011 in Istanbul, Turkey.
during the Turkish Formula One Grand Prix at the Istanbul Park circuit on May 8, 2011 in Istanbul, Turkey.
during the Spanish Formula One Grand Prix at the Circuit de Catalunya on May 22, 2011 in Barcelona, Spain.
during the Spanish Formula One Grand Prix at the Circuit de Catalunya on May 22, 2011 in Barcelona, Spain.
during the Spanish Formula One Grand Prix at the Circuit de Catalunya on May 22, 2011 in Barcelona, Spain.
MONTE CARLO, MONACO - MAY 29: Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Red Bull Racing leads the field into the first corner at the start of the Monaco Formula One Grand Prix at the Monte Carlo Circuit on May 29, 2011 in Monte Carlo, Monaco. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
during the Monaco Formula One Grand Prix at the Monte Carlo Circuit on May 29, 2011 in Monte Carlo, Monaco.
during the Monaco Formula One Grand Prix at the Monte Carlo Circuit on May 29, 2011 in Monte Carlo, Monaco.
during the Canadian Formula One Grand Prix at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on June 12, 2011 in Montreal, Canada.
during the Canadian Formula One Grand Prix at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on June 12, 2011 in Montreal, Canada.
during the Canadian Formula One Grand Prix at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on June 12, 2011 in Montreal, Canada.
during the European Formula One Grand Prix at the Valencia Street Circuit on July 26, 2011, in Valencia, Spain.
during the European Formula One Grand Prix at the Valencia Street Circuit on July 26, 2011, in Valencia, Spain.
during the European Formula One Grand Prix at the Valencia Street Circuit on July 26, 2011, in Valencia, Spain.
during the European Formula One Grand Prix at the Valencia Street Circuit on July 26, 2011, in Valencia, Spain.
during the British Formula One Grand Prix at the Silverstone Circuit on July 10, 2011 in Northampton, England.
during the British Formula One Grand Prix at the Silverstone Circuit on July 10, 2011 in Northampton, England.
during the British Formula One Grand Prix at the Silverstone Circuit on July 10, 2011 in Northampton, England.
during the German Formula One Grand Prix at the Nurburgring on July 24, 2011 in Nuerburg, Germany.
during the German Formula One Grand Prix at the Nurburgring on July 24, 2011 in Nuerburg, Germany.
during the Hungarian Formula One Grand Prix at the Hungaroring on July 31, 2011 in Budapest, Hungary.
during qualifying for the Hungarian Formula One Grand Prix at the Hungaroring on July 30, 2011 in Budapest, Hungary.
during the Hungarian Formula One Grand Prix at the Hungaroring on July 31, 2011 in Budapest, Hungary.
during the Belgian Formula One Grand Prix at the Circuit of Spa Francorchamps on August 28, 2011 in Spa Francorchamps, Belgium.
during the Belgian Formula One Grand Prix at the Circuit of Spa Francorchamps on August 28, 2011 in Spa Francorchamps, Belgium.
during the Belgian Formula One Grand Prix at the Circuit of Spa Francorchamps on August 28, 2011 in Spa Francorchamps, Belgium.
during the Belgian Formula One Grand Prix at the Circuit of Spa Francorchamps on August 28, 2011 in Spa Francorchamps, Belgium.
during the Italian Formula One Grand Prix at the Autodromo Nazionale di Monza on September 11, 2011 in Monza, Italy.
during qualifying for the Italian Formula One Grand Prix at the Autodromo Nazionale di Monza on September 10, 2011 in Monza, Italy.
during the Italian Formula One Grand Prix at the Autodromo Nazionale di Monza on September 11, 2011 in Monza, Italy.
during the Italian Formula One Grand Prix at the Autodromo Nazionale di Monza on September 11, 2011 in Monza, Italy.
during the Italian Formula One Grand Prix at the Autodromo Nazionale di Monza on September 11, 2011 in Monza, Italy.
during the Singapore Formula One Grand Prix at the Marina Bay Street Circuit on September 25, 2011 in Singapore.
during the Singapore Formula One Grand Prix at the Marina Bay Street Circuit on September 25, 2011 in Singapore.
during the Singapore Formula One Grand Prix at the Marina Bay Street Circuit on September 25, 2011 in Singapore.
during the Singapore Formula One Grand Prix at the Marina Bay Street Circuit on September 25, 2011 in Singapore.
during the Japanese Formula One Grand Prix at Suzuka Circuit on October 9, 2011 in Suzuka, Japan.
during the Japanese Formula One Grand Prix at Suzuka Circuit on October 9, 2011 in Suzuka, Japan.
during the Japanese Formula One Grand Prix at Suzuka Circuit on October 9, 2011 in Suzuka, Japan.
during the Japanese Formula One Grand Prix at Suzuka Circuit on October 9, 2011 in Suzuka, Japan.
during the Japanese Formula One Grand Prix at Suzuka Circuit on October 9, 2011 in Suzuka, Japan.
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On lap 17, just after Vettel had changed his tyres, the safety car came out as the result of a collision between Vitaly Petrov and Schumacher. Petrov misjudged the corner and crashed into the rear of the German at high speed. That was the end of the race for both drivers.

The safety car came in on lap 20, and at the restart, Vettel was in the lead ahead of Hamilton, Webber, Button and Rosberg. Pastor Maldonado was given a drive-through penalty for exiting the pit lane incorrectly, and not long after, he returned to the garage to park up and retire.

On lap 27, Rosberg misbraked on turn 3, allowing both Ferraris to sail past. Meanwhile at the front, Hamilton was closing in on Vettel, but the fastest man on the track was now third-placed Webber who, in contrast to Vettel and Hamilton, was on the harder tyres. Within a short time he found himself within striking distance of Hamilton. Both pitted together on lap 34 before resuming their battle on track, while ahead of them, Vettel now came in for his final pit stop.

On lap 38, Alonso pitted for his last set of tyres, emerging back on track ahead of team-mate Massa. While Vettel increased his lead, a thrilling scrap for the second podium spot was taking place between Hamilton and Webber. Lap after lap, the two of them were engaged in close combat as Hamilton countered every attacking move from the Australian.
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