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GP Week : Issue 138
F1 KOREA >> Team-By-Team: Korean Grand Prix, Yeongam Paul di Resta was Force India’s sole points- scorer in Korea, after taking the chequered flag in 10th place, just 2.5 seconds clear of his team-mate. He and Sutil were closely matched throughout the race but di Resta won out on strategy by taking the super soft tyre for two stints. He got overtaken by Sutil in the middle of the race while both were on the super soft, but di Resta just had enough in hand to keep him at bay in the closing laps of the race, having lost out to Buemi earlier in the final stint. Toro Rosso took full advantage of Sauber’s struggles to record their best race result since the 2009 Australian Grand Prix and close to within three points of their rivals in the constructors’ championship. Alguersuari was arguably the star of the day to finish 7th, albeit benefitting from the Schumacher-Petrov collision to the tune of two places. He overtook Nico Rosberg at turn 3 on the final lap to gain another place, where Buemi had earlier passed Paul di Resta for 9th. Buemi had done well by battling back from a poor start. Sauber endured their worst race in quite some time after finishing both cars behind Lotus’s Heikki Kovalainen in a hugely disappointing 15th and 16th places. Kobayashi had to pit after just 10 laps after incurring some front wing damage early in the race, before having to come in for another replacement wing on lap 24 following a dice with Senna. Despite making a final pitstop later in the race, he fell further behind Kovalainen in his final stint. Perez fared somewhat better and was running 12th approaching the final five laps but had to make a final-lap pitstop to replace tyres that had worn through to the canvas. There were two drivers of hugely contrasting happiness in the Virgin paddock building on Sunday evening, with Glock declaring himself satisfied with everything from strategy, pace, pitstops and tyre wear but d’Ambrosio bemoaning his poor pace. He had qualified 1.4 seconds behind Glock on Saturday but was pleased to finish only 11 behind at the end of the race. Finishing behind HRT rookie Daniel Ricciardo only rubbed salt into the wound. Having run the Virgins hard in Japan a week ago, Daniel Ricciardo got one up on Jerome d’Ambrosio in Korea after spending almost the entire race ahead of the Belgian. A great start catapulted him ahead, before then being overtaken early in his second stint. The Aussie refused to be beaten though and re-passed Jerome just 8 laps later, before keeping the place to the end. He finished just 9 seconds behind Glock. Team-mate Liuzzi endured another character-building weekend and ended the race two laps down on his main rivals after hitting one of the Virgins on the first lap, damaging his front wing and effectively ruining his race. Lotus hailed the Korean Grand Prix as their best race to date after beating both Saubers and finishing a comfortable 40 seconds clear of both Virgins. Kovalainen continued his routine of getting into the midfield bunch at the start, before falling back to his team-mate. He had some solid pace to thank for keeping ahead of Kobayashi at the finish, and was closing rapidly on Renault’s Bruno Senna only to run out of laps. Trulli couldn’t keep pace with the Finn but nevertheless enjoyed a comfortable cushion over Virgin’s Timo Glock. 35