Vettel wins race, takes ‘pole’

Sports

Alan Baldwin

World champion Sebastian Vettel won the Korean Grand Prix in a Red Bull one-two finish on Sunday to take the overall Formula One lead from Ferrari's Fernando Alonso with four races remaining. Vettel's third win in a row, fourth of the season and 25th of his career, left him on 215 points with third-placed Alonso now on 209.

Australian Mark Webber, who was on pole but was overtaken by his team mate off the grid into the first corner, finished second to anchor the first one-two of the season by any team. South Korea's 'Gangnam Style' rapper Psy waved the chequered flag as Vettel crossed the finish line. "The start was very important. We started from the dirty side," said Vettel. "I had a very good launch and could see that Mark was struggling a little bit. I was able to get side by side and then had the inside into turn one. It was a perfect start for myself," added the German.

Webber finished 8.2 seconds behind Vettel. Starting fourth, Spaniard Alonso got ahead of McLaren's Lewis Hamilton at the start but could not close the gap with the Red Bulls. He crossed the line 13.9 seconds behind Vettel.

"I think we have to be happy with the performance today," said Alonso, whose Ferrari team (290 points) overtook McLaren (284) for second place in the constructors' standings behind Red Bull (367). "We are moving in the right direction. We just need a little last step to be as competitive as Red Bull."

Button out

BRAZILIAN Felipe Massa continued his late season resurgence with fourth for Ferrari. Kimi Raikkonen chalked up his 13th successive points finish with fifth in the race for Lotus to consolidate third place overall and stay in the reckoning. McLaren's Jenson Button was an early casualty, his race ending on the first lap when Sauber's Kamui Kobayashi sideswiped his car and smashed the front right suspension as well as puncturing the tyre.

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