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GP Week : Issue 171
Sebastian Vettel took another controlled victory in Sunday’s Korean Grand Prix – his third back-to-back win – placing him in the box seat in the drivers’ standings with just four races remaining. From second on the grid, the 25-year old German launched into the lead at the first corner, past pole-sitter and Red Bull Racing team-mate Mark Webber. As is typical of Vettel, he rapidly extended his advantage out front in the opening stint and simply maintained his lead over the rest of the field from there, despite suffering with severe tyre degradation in the latter stages. Another one-two victory for Red Bull has not only extended the team’s lead at the top of the constructors’ standings, but has also gifted Vettel the initiative in the drivers’ table, unseating long-term championship leader Fernando Alonso. “I think it was a perfect day for me and the team,” said Vettel. “It was important to get a good start. I was able to out-accelerate Mark and get side-by-side with him at Turn 1. “I was in the lead, but we have seen before that it doesn’t always stick. My one mistake today was a lock-up going in to Turn 3, but the tyres were marginal for everyone. You couldn’t push so much and my front right didn’t look too happy from the inside. He continued: “We were able to pull away in the first and second stint and hold it for the third. We will have to do our best to remain where we are now. We have to just keep it simple and do our job.” SEB-LIME DRIVE NETS VETTEL CHAMPIONSHIP LEAD 25 GPWEEK.com // 25 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: F1 >>> KOREA