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Vettel in control of the title with Korean win
Sunday 14th October 2012, 08:56 by TF1T Staff
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Sebastian Vettel moved to the head of the championship table thanks to a dominant win at the 2012 Korean Grand Prix which saw him lead from the first corner to the last, 55 laps later.
The Red Bull driver has now won three races in a row following his victories in Singapore and Japan, to give him a six point lead over Fernando Alonso, who finished third behind the second Red Bull of Mark Webber.
The race was a battle of the tyres as severe degradation hit almost all the drivers. Vettel was forced to coast in the final few laps after repeated warnings from his race engineer.
Felipe Massa continued his stromng return to form after finishing fourth, but had the pace to pass Alonso, but was kindly asked to back-off by Rob Smedley.
Kimi Raikkonen finished fifth and remains the only man to complete every racing lap this season. Nico Hulkenberg and Romain Grosjean finished sixth and seventh respectively.
Toro Rosso managed a double points finish despite lowly qualifying results of 17th and 21st.
Lewis Hamilton endured a torrid time defending for much of the race before grass began to grow on the sidepod of his McLaren thanks to a section of loose astro-turf which attached itself to the side of his car.
His team-mate Jenson Button retired on the first lap after contact with Kamui Kobayashi at the third corner, which also saw Nico Rosberg retire.
2012 Korean GP Results: (* denotes 20-second time penalty)
Pos Driver Team Gap Pts 01. S. Vettel Red Bull 25 02. M. Webber Red Bull +8.2 18 03. F. Alonso Ferrari +13.9 15 04. F. Massa Ferrari +20.1 12 05. K. Raikkonen Lotus +36.7 10 06. N. Hulkenberg Force India +45.3 8 07. R. Grosjean Lotus +54.8 6 08. J. Vergne Toro Rosso +1:09.5 4 09. D. Ricciardo Toro Rosso +1:11.7 2 10. L. Hamilton McLaren +1:19.6 1 11. S. Perez Sauber +1:20.0 12. P. di Resta Force India +1:24.4 13. M. Schumacher Mercedes +1:29.2 14. P. Maldonado Williams +1:34.9 15. B. Senna Williams +1:36.9 16. V. Petrov Caterham +1 lap 17. H. Kovalainen Caterham +1 lap 18. T. Glock Marussia +1 lap 19. C. Pic Marussia +2 laps 20. N. Karthikeyan HRT +2 laps 21. P. de la Rosa HRT +39 laps 22. K. Kobayashi Sauber +39 laps 23. N. Rosberg Mercedes +54 laps 24. J. Button McLaren +55 laps