Vettel: Yes, yes, yes. Ten wins my friends!

Christian Horner and Korean GP winner Sebastian Vettel celebrate another world title

Christian Horner and Korean GP winner Sebastian Vettel celebrate another world title

Oct.16 (Reuters) 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.

Korea podium (L to R) Lewis Hamilton (second) Sebastian Vettel (third), Christian Horner (Red Bull team boss) and Mark Webber (Third)

Korea podium (L to R) Lewis Hamilton (second) Sebastian Vettel (third), Christian Horner (Red Bull team boss) and Mark Webber (Third)

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.

Race winner Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB7 celebrates with the team at the end of the race.

Sebastian Vettel crosses the line at Yeongam to take his tenth win of the season

“I think it’s good to see the whole team keeps pushing. In terms of preparation for this race it wasn’t ideal, because I think the whole team was a bit tipsy after last week’s race!” revealed the 24 year old.

“To come here, after a tough Friday and Saturday morning, to qualify where we did was fantatsic. The car was so much fun to drive. When the safety car came I didn’t really need that to be honest because Lewis came closer again, and I was struggling with the tyres, but the car and the balance seemed to stabilise and come back, and I was able to open the gap again,” said Vettel.

Adding, “Towards the end I was able to push and get a little bit of a gap because Lewis and Mark were fighting. After the drivers, the constructors – it’s fantastic.”

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.

The Red Bull Team celebrate.

Red Bull crew celebrate

“It was a good weekend for me compared to what has happened in the past so I’m happy,” declared Hamilton, who has been a regular in front of the stewards and in the headlines this season for driving controversies.

But admitted it was a tough afternoon at Yeongam, “It was OK. Mark drove really well throughout the race. Red Bull were massively quick and particularly in the race, it was impossible to catch Sebastian [Vettel] and overtake. I had full lock on almost everywhere and was struggling with understeer.”

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.

After misplaced predictions of a flurry of pitstops and heavy tyre degradation, the leaders made just two trips to the pits on an afternoon short on thrills at the little-used circuit 320km south of Seoul.

Mark Webber (AUS) Red Bull Racing and Christian Horner (GBR) Red Bull Racing Team Principal in parc ferme.

Mark Webber with Christian Horner in parc ferme after the race

Mercedes‘s Schumacher retired on lap 17 after his car was speared in the rear by Vitaly Petrov’s Renault into turn three. The Russian nursed his car back to the garage and called it a day.

The collision brought out the safety car for three laps while marshals collected the debris from a collision that Alonso narrowly avoided.

Hamilton and Webber then provided the main excitement with a closely fought duel that saw the pair fighting and trading positions repeatedly before and after the second pitstop.

Toro Rosso had Spaniard Jaime Alguersuari and Sebastian Buemi finish seventh and ninth with Mercedes’ German Nico Rosberg eighth. Britain’s Paul Di Resta took the final point for Force India.

“A second title is testimony to the dedication and commitment of the whole team,” said Red Bull team boss Christian Horner, who joined in the podium celebrations.

“We’re going to enjoy this moment. It’s been a phenomenal period for the team, and I’m tremendously proud of all of them.”

Sunday, 16 October – Race Result

Pos No Driver Team Laps Time Grid Pts
1 1 Sebastian Vettel RBR-Renault 55 Winner 2 25
2 3 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 55 +12.0 secs 1 18
3 2 Mark Webber RBR-Renault 55 +12.4 secs 4 15
4 4 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 55 +14.6 secs 3 12
5 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 55 +15.6 secs 6 10
6 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 55 +25.1 secs 5 8
7 19 Jaime Alguersuari STR-Ferrari 55 +49.5 secs 11 6
8 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 55 +54.0 secs 7 4
9 18 Sebastien Buemi STR-Ferrari 55 +62.7 secs 13 2
10 15 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 55 +68.6 secs 9 1
11 14 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 55 +71.2 secs 10
12 11 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 55 +93.0 secs 18
13 9 Bruno Senna Renault 54 +1 Lap 15
14 20 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Renault 54 +1 Lap 19
15 16 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 54 +1 Lap 14
16 17 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 54 +1 Lap 17
17 21 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Renault 54 +1 Lap 20
18 24 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 54 +1 Lap 21
19 22 Daniel Ricciardo HRT-Cosworth 54 +1 Lap 24
20 25 Jerome d’Ambrosio Virgin-Cosworth 54 +1 Lap 22
21 23 Vitantonio Liuzzi HRT-Cosworth 52 +3 Laps 23
Ret 12 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Cosworth 30 +25 Laps 16
Ret 10 Vitaly Petrov Renault 16 Accident 8
Ret 7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 15 Accident 12
  • Evel

    At first his finger wagging and whooping annoyed me but now I really enjoy Seb’s reaction after winning a GP.
    He really is genuinely happy after winning a race – it’s as if he’s just won his first ever race.
    Just look at his face in the pictures, he seems genuinely thrilled!
    I’ve come to regard him as a genuine guy with genuine emotions and the way he’s driven this year has really
    earned him a lot of respect in my eyes.