Five takeaways from the Korean Grand Prix
The National staff | October 7, 2013
The unsurprising news about yesterday's Korean Grand Prix is that Sebastian Vettel won. Again.
The 26 year old German made it his fourth win in a row and eighth of the season. With 272 points, he now has a more or less unassailable 77-point lead over second-place Fernando Alonso. It is in all likelihood that he will wrap up his fourth successive Drivers' Championship next weekend in Japan.
Graham Caygill, though, dispenses with more Vettel talk and delivers five things to note about the rest of the field from yesterday's race at Yeongam:
1. Hulkenberg makes his point: Nico Hulkenberg, below, is concerned that his height and size will count against him getting a competitive seat next year, with the new regulations dictating that heavier drivers will be a disadvantage. His excellent drive to fourth in a Sauber, ahead of both Mercedes-GP and Ferrari cars, showed he deserves the chance in decent machinery.
2. Good day for Grosjean: Yes, he was passed by Lotus teammate Kimi Raikkonen late in the race for second place, but Grosjean, below, did the better job over the weekend. Without the safety car, Raikkonen would have been nowhere near the Frenchman, who was the only one able to keep Vettel in sight or apply any hint of pressure in the first half of the race.
3. Luck runs out for Alonso: So many times this season, Fernando Alonso has made up for a disappointing qualifying session with a great run to score a place on the podium. Not this time. The Ferrari was simply not quick enough, he got stuck behind Hulkenberg for most of the race, and sixth summed up where his car really is at the moment on pure pace.
4. Pirelli under fire: Mark Webber, below, lashed out at Pirelli for their fast-wearing rubber after he and Sergio Perez both suffered punctures. The criticism is unfair, to an extent, since they have only followed requests by F1 bosses regarding compounds in an attempt to spice up racing. But it is clear this year is one they will be keen to put behind them.
5. Bad timing for Di Resta: Hulkenberg is not the only driver fighting to remain in F1. Paul Di Resta, above, spoke this week about his concerns of staying on the grid and a need to impress. Spinning meekly into the barriers in his Force India while running in the midfield was clearly not part of the plan for the Briton.
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