Sebastian Vettel who is looking for his third consecutive driver’s title with Red Bull won the 2012 Korean Grand Prix. He now leads the Championship just ahead of Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso with a 6-point margin. It was Vettel’s third consecutive victory, the most impressive sequence for any driver this year. Vettel now leads by six points as Alonso could only manage third behind Mark Webber.
After the race Vettel went on to say “I’m very happy it was a fantastic race, I had a good start on the dirty side of the track. I could hear Mark coming and I used my KERS to defend so I was able to stay ahead. It was close, Mark was always on my toes. Hopefully we can carry this momentum.”
Jenson Button in the McLaren had a first corner crash which took him out of the race. Kamui Kobayashi in the Sauber accepted responsibility for the crash which forced both Jenson and Nico Rosberg to retire. McLaren tweeted “Jenson arrives back in the pit garage still wearing his helmet. He looks very annoyed...”
Felipe Massa in the second Ferrari finished fourth which is a great result for him. He is now widely expected to announce a deal to retain his seat at Ferrari next season. Massa went on to say “I managed to overtake cars at the start and the pace was good enough today to possibly finish on the podium. Knowing I did everything I could gave me a lot of pleasure.”
Kimi Raikkonen came home an impressive third while his team mate Grosjean, avoided his eighth first-lap crash of the season, and was simply pleased to finish the race, crossing the line in seventh. Toro Rosso enjoyed what team principal Franz Tost described as their "strongest performance of the year". Jean-Eric Vergne finished eighth ahead of team-mate Daniel Ricciardo.
The one-two finish by Red Bull was the first by any team this year. The series moves to New Delhi for the second annual Indian Grand Prix on Oct. 28.