Perfect ten for Vettel as Red Bull does a double
Sebastian Vettel won the Korean Grand Prix on Sunday to secure Red Bull's second successive Formula One constructors' championship with his 10th victory of the season.india Updated: Oct 17, 2011 02:25 IST
Sebastian Vettel won the Korean Grand Prix on Sunday to secure Red Bull's second successive Formula One constructors' championship with his 10th victory of the season.
The 24-year-old German, who clinched back-to-back drivers' title in Japan last weekend, took the lead from McLaren's Lewis Hamilton on the opening lap and never looked back despite a safety car period bunching up the field.With three races remaining, and a maximum 129 points to be won, Red Bull have an insurmountable 140-point lead over McLaren.
Vettel's 20th Formula One victory left him three off seven times champion and compatriot Michael Schumacher's 2004 record of 13 wins in a single season with Ferrari.
"Yes, yes, yes. Ten wins my friends," whooped Vettel over the radio after taking the chequered flag and giving his trademark finger-in-the-air salute."I was very happy with how the race went today, I had the feeling we got everything out of the car," he grinned.
"After last weekend with the drivers' championship and this week the constructors' it's fantastic," said the German, who added a final touch to the celebrations with the fastest race lap right at the end.
Hamilton finished runner-up, 12 seconds behind the sport's youngest double champion, with Australian Mark Webber third for Red Bull and just 0.4 adrift.
The Briton, who had started on pole position for the first time since Canada in June last year, had appeared almost downcast on Saturday but allowed himself a smile on his first podium appearance for six races.
"It was a good weekend for me compared to what has happened in the past so I'm happy," declared Hamilton.
Jenson Button, the 2009 champion who won in Japan for McLaren, finished fourth after dropping from third to sixth at the start with Ferrari's Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa fifth and sixth respectively.
First Published: Oct 16, 2011 13:33 IST