Formula One

 
              === Vettel grabs points lead with Korean GP win ===
 
 Yeongam,  South  Korea (Sports  Network)  -  Sebastian  Vettel from  Red  Bull
 reclaimed the lead in the Formula One world championship point standings after
 winning Sunday's Korean Grand Prix.
 
 Vettel,  the two-time  defending world champion, started second but passed his
 teammate  and  pole sitter, Mark  Webber, on the  opening lap and never looked
 back  from  there. The 25-year-old German  crossed the finish line 8.2 seconds
 ahead  of  Webber for  his fourth  win of  the season  and the  25th of his F1
 career, which placed him in a tie with Jim Clark and Niki Lauda for seventh on
 the all-time race winners list.
 
 "I'm  very pleased," Vettel said. "It was a fantastic race, and the foundation
 was  to have a  good start. I wasn't sure, because I was starting on the dirty
 side,  but I had  reasonable grip and a very good launch. I was able to get by
 Mark."
 
 Vettel  did  encounter some minor  problems late in  the 55-lap race at Korean
 International  Circuit. He  had a lock up  one lap before his second and final
 pit stop. Vettel also experienced tire-wear issues in the closing laps.
 
 "We had two brilliant pit stops, but the only mistake I really made was when I
 locked  up  the front right  quite badly in  turn three, so it  was a bit of a
 mistake  from my side,"  he said. "Fortunately by then, we had quite a cushion
 from  the cars  behind me. Then I was  able to control the gaps at the end. We
 were  all a little  bit worried about the front tires, because we saw a lot of
 people locking up wheels and overshooting the apexes."
 
 Vettel has now won three straight grand prix -- Singapore, Japan and Korea. He
 led  from start to  finish in last week's Japanese Grand Prix. With four races
 left,  Vettel holds a six-point lead over Fernando Alonso from Ferrari. Alonso
 finished third.
 
 "I  have to thank the (team) on this one, because there was not that much of a
 break  arriving here from Japan," Vettel said. "We have made another step, and
 that's  exactly what  we needed. Hopefully, we can carry that momentum through
 the next races."
 
 It's  the first time  Vettel has held the points lead since the May 13 Spanish
 Grand Prix in Barcelona.
 
 Webber's  second-place run gave  Red Bull a 1-2 finish for the first time this
 season.
 
 "The  start  wasn't sensational, so  I'll have to  look into it," Webber said.
 "The  initial getaway wasn't  too great. I just tried to hang in there as best
 as  I  could. It was a  good drive for  Seb, and a  great day for the team. Of
 course, I'm disappointed, but I'm happy to get a good result."
 
 Red  Bull  widened its  lead in the  constructors' championship standings. The
 team  has accumulated  367 points  compared  to 290  for Ferrari  and 284  for
 McLaren. Alonso's teammate, Felipe Massa, finished fourth, allowing Ferrari to
 move ahead of McLaren in the constructors' race.
 
 "We  have to be happy with our performance today," Alonso said. "It was a good
 day  for the team, for Felipe and me. We are moving in the right direction. We
 just  need  an extra step to  be as competitive as  Red Bull. I think we'll be
 good in the four races ahead."
 
 Alonso  made his ninth podium appearance of the season, which is more than any
 other driver.
 
 McLaren  drivers Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button both struggled in this race.
 Hamilton  dealt  with tire issues throughout  the event and ended up finishing
 10th.
 
 Button  was knocked  out of  the race  on the  first lap  when Sauber's  Kamui
 Kobayashi  made contact  with  him. While  trying to  pass  him for  position,
 Kobayashi  hit  the side of Button,  causing suspension damage and a punctured
 tire. Nico Rosberg from Mercedes was also involved in the incident and retired
 on the opening lap as well.
 
 "It's  pretty disappointing," Button said. "It's a long race, and there are so
 many overtaking opportunities here, so there's no need to do that."
 
 Kobayashi  received a  drive-through  penalty for  causing  the collision.  He
 retired later in the race.
 
 "I  was fighting for  position, but someone hit my car, and I couldn't control
 it," he said.
 
 Kimi  Raikkonen from  Lotus finished  fifth,  followed by  Force India's  Nico
 Hulkenberg and Raikkonen's teammate, Romain Grosjean. Toro Rosso drivers Jean-
 Eric Vergne and Daniel Ricciardo placed eighth and ninth, respectively.
 
 10/14 05:37:22 ET

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