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Vettel edges closer to fourth title after Korean win
Sunday 06th October 2013, 09:02 by TF1T Staff
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Sebastian Vettel has set himself up for a title showdown in Japan after taking a brilliant victory in Korea.
The Red Bull driver can take his fourth consecutive championship should he win the next race if Fernando Alonso, who finished sixth, fails to score.
The German had to deal with two safety car periods and an interruption from a fire truck which entered the circuit during the race, causing the second period behind the Mercedes SLS.
Kimi Raikkonen finished second for Lotus ahead of team-mate Romain Grosjean, whilst Nico Hulkenberg impressed massively to take fourth with a brilliant defensive drive to keep fifth placed Lewis Hamilton behind.
Whilst Vettel's race was fairly uneventful, the same couldn't be said for his team-mate Mark Webber who started 13th. Contact with Adrian Sutil resulted in his car errupting in flames.
That incident ended his race, but also caused a safety car when bizarrely a fire truck drove onto the circuit at its own accord, causing the racing pack to line up behind it.
Once the race restarted, Vettel pulled away to maintain a healthy lead and took the checkered flag for the eighth time in 2013.
Race Result - 2013 Korean Grand Prix:
# Driver Team Gap Pts 01. S. Vettel Red Bull 25 02. K. Raikkonen Lotus +4.2 18 03. R. Grosjean Lotus +4.9 15 04. N. Hulkenberg Sauber +24.1 12 05. L. Hamilton Mercedes +25.2 10 06. F. Alonso Ferrari +26.1 8 07. N. Rosberg Mercedes +26.6 6 08. J. Button McLaren +32.2 4 09. F. Massa Ferrari +34.3 2 10. S. Perez McLaren +35.1 1 11. E. Gutierrez Sauber +35.9 12. V. Bottas Williams +47.0 13. P. Maldonado Williams +50.0 14. C. Pic Caterham +1:03.5 15. G. van der Garde Caterham +1:04.5 16. J.Bianchi Marussia +1:07.9 17. M. Chilton Marussia +1:12.8 18. J-E. Vergne Toro Rosso Retired 19. D. Ricciardo Toro Rosso Retired 20. A. Sutil Force India Retired 21. M. Webber Red Bull Retired 22. P. di Resta Force India Retired
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