Sebastian Vettel took control of the Formula One Drivers’ Championship standings with a comprehensive victory at the Korean Grand Prix. Team-mate Mark Webber finished second to hand Red Bull Racing its first one-two finish of the year, while Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso finished third.
Vettel’s third victory in a row was secured in the first three turns of the race. When the lights went out pole position winner Webber made a marginally slower getaway and Sebastian was able to pull alongside his team-mate into turn one. It was a close battle but by the end of the circuit’s long back straight the champion was ahead and had the better inside line. He held his nerve on the exit and emerged in front of his team-mate.
On lap 14 Mark headed for the pits to discard his supersoft tyres for a set of the prime soft tyres. Vettel stayed out for another tour and after his stop for the prime tyre managed to stay ahead of his team-mate and with a marginally healthier gap.