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2013-10-06 10:07

VETTEL FROM THE START: And it was where the Red Bull ace stayed through what turned out to be a mayhem of a race in Korea, with the two Lotus cars second and third. image: AFP

ALAN BALDWIN

YEONGAM, South Korea - Lotus didn't win the 2013 Korean F1 GP - that was Red Bull's Vettel - but second and third meant a great finish for the relatively small-time team and engine-builder Renault.

It was Vettel's fourth win in a row and stretched his championship lead to 77 points with five rounds remaining.

It was also Vettel's third successive Korean win, eighth triumph of the season, and 34th of his career.

ALONSO ONLY SIXTH

Finland's Kimi Raikkonen finished second, ahead of Lotus team mate Romain Grosjean, in a race marked by two safety car periods and the unexpected appearance of a fire marshals' Jeep on the track while the cars were still racing.

Ferrari's Fernando Alonso, Vettel's closest challenger, could manage only sixth on an overcast afternoon that threatened rain without delivering.

Result from the 2013 Formula 1 Korean Grand Prix
1 Sebastian Vettel (Germany) ed Bull 1hr43min13.701
2 Kimi Raikkonen (Finland) Lotus ++04.224
3 Romain Grosjean (France) Lotus +04.927
4 Nico Hulkenberg (Germany) Sauber +24.114
5 Lewis Hamilton (Britain) Mercedes +25.255
6 Fernando Alonso (Spain) Ferrari +26.189
7 Nico Rosberg (Germany) Mercedes +26.698
8 Jenson Button (Britain) McLaren +32.262
9 Felipe Massa (Brazil) Ferrari +34.390
10 Sergio Perez (Mexico) McLaren +35.155
11 Esteban Gutierrez (Mexico) Sauber +35.990
12 Valtteri Bottas (Finland) Williams +47.049
13 Pastor Maldonado (Venezuela) Williams +50.013
14 Charles Pic (France) Caterham 1min03.578
15 Giedo van der Garde (Netherlands) Caterham 01min04.501
16 Jules Bianchi (France) Marussia 1min07.970
17 Max Chilton (Britain) Marussia 1min12.898
18r Jean-Eric Vergne (France) Toro Rosso 2 laps
19r Daniel Ricciardo (Australia) Toro Rosso 3 laps
20r Adrian Sutil (Germany) Force India 5 laps
r Mark Webber (Australia) Red Bull 19 laps
r Paul Di Resta (Britain) Force India 31 laps
(rankmin r = retired, nc = not classified)
Fastest Lap: Sebastian Vettel,1min41.380, lap 53.

Drivers’ and Constructors’ standings after the 2013 Korean F1 GP Circuit on Sunday

Drivers

1 Sebastian Vettel (Germany) Red Bull - 272
2 Fernando Alonso (Spain) Ferrari - 195
3 Kimi Raikkonen (Finland) Lotus - 167
4 Lewis Hamilton (Britain) Mercedes - 161
5 Mark Webber (Australia) Red Bull - 130
6 Nico Rosberg (Germany) Mercedes - 122
7 Felipe Massa (Brazil) Ferrari - 89
8 Romain Grosjean (France) Lotus - 72
9 Jenson Button (Britain) McLaren - 58
10 Paul Di Resta (Britain) Force India - 36
11 Nico Hulkenberg (Germany) Sauber - 31
12 Adrian Sutil (Germany) Force India - 26
13 Sergio Perez (Mexico) McLaren - 23
14 Daniel Ricciardo (Australia) Toro Rosso - 18
15 Jean-Eric Vergne (France) Toro Rosso - 13
16 Pastor Maldonado (Venezuela) Williams - 1
17 Esteban Gutierrez (Mexico) Sauber - 0
18 Valtteri Bottas (Finland) Williams - 0
19 Jules Bianchi (France) Marussia - 0
20 Charles Pic (France) Caterham - 0
21 Giedo van der Garde (Netherlands) Caterham - 0
22 Max Chilton (Britain) Marussia - 0

Constructors
1 Red Bull - Renault - 402
2 Ferrari - 284
3 Mercedes - 283
4 Lotus - Renault - 239
5 McLaren - 81
6 Force India - Mercedes - 62
7 Sauber - Ferrari - 31
8 Toro Rosso - Ferrari - 31
9 Williams - Renault - 1
10 Marussia - Cosworth - 0
11 Caterham - Renault - 0
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