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GP Week : Issue 171
22 GPWEEK.com // 22 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: F1 >>> KOREA T he final quarter of the 2012 Formula One season is beginning to take on eerie shades of 2011. At Korea’s Yeongam International Circuit on Sunday afternoon, Red Bull Racing’s Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber claimed the first 1-2 finish of the year, and the third consecutive victory for the team. After an up and down season that has seen a remarkable lack of consistency, surprise wins from the likes of Pastor Maldonado, and no clear dominance, Red Bull are back to their winning ways. Vettel’s commanding victory in Korea gives the German racer a six-point advantage in the drivers’ standings going into the final four races, with 100 points available. Fernando Alonso has been fighting the good fight, but Ferrari’s relative lack of pace when compared to the RB8 will make a concerted championship challenge a very tall order. The fat lady hasn’t sung yet, but in a quiet moment we can hear her doing her warm-up exercises. The Korean Grand Prix was not quite a lights-to-flag victory for Vettel; the Red Bull driver lined up in P2 alongside his team-mate, but Webber delivered a typically poor start, replete with wheelspin, and the defending world champion took command of the race going into the first corner and never let it go. Behind the Red Bull pair were the duelling Ferraris of Alonso and Felipe Massa. Full of confidence after his