Korean F1 GP 2013 Wallpapers – Korean Grand Prix race was held at Korean International Circuit in Mokpo on Sunday, October 6 2013. Sebastian Vettel moves within touching distance of title after beating Kimi Raikkonen.
Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel said he was “trying not to think” about winning his fourth successive drivers’ title after claiming victory in a chaotic Korean Grand Prix that featured two safety cars and some strange marshalling.
The 26 year-old German’s fourth successive win, his third in four years in Korea, means he extends his lead in the drivers’ championship to 77 points over Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso, who could only finish sixth.
If Vettel wins in Japan next weekend, and the Spaniard finishes lower than eighth, the youngest triple champion in history will become the youngest quadruple champion.
Vettel said he was doing his best to put such thoughts out of his mind. “I’m trying not to think about it to be honest. I’m trying to focus on the present. We had an incredible chance two years ago [to win the title in Japan] and we did it. We still have a lot of points to get, even if we are close. We are just enjoying the fact that the team is working really well.”
After a fairly routine opening period, the race burst into life on lap 31 when the front right tyre on Sergio Perez’s McLaren exploded on the long straight between laps two and three, bringing out the safety car.
When the race restarted six laps later, it took just a few corners for another major incident to occur, Force India’s Adrian Sutil colliding with Red Bull’s Mark Webber, sending the Australian spinning out of the race and setting his car on fire.
A bizarre decision to send a fire truck on to the track before a safety car had been deployed will surely be investigated, with FIA race director Charlie Whiting later admitting that it had given marshals clearance to deploy it but had not anticipated that it would be sent out from T1, ahead of the leaders, before the safety car had had time to slow them down.
Korea’s chances of hosting a future grand prix, already shaky, will not have been helped by such amateurism.
Webber was understandably frustrated afterwards, one of many on the day to raise concerns about Pirelli’s tyres, the front right in particular proving troublesome for teams.
“Pirelli will put the puncture of Perez down to a lock up but the reason the drivers are locking up is because there’s no tread left,” Webber said. “The tyres are wearing a lot and they also explode a bit as well but that’s for Pirelli to sort out.”
His words came a day after Alonso made some very outspoken comments regarding Pirelli’s tyres. The Italian manufacturer have already changed their tyre structures once this year after the fiasco at Silverstone where multiple tyre failures almost saw the race red-flagged.
Pirelli feel aggrieved since they are unable to conduct any testing with current teams and drivers, the one time they did – at a ‘private’ test with Mercedes in May – they were hauled over the coals by the governing body.
Vettel eventually won by four seconds from the Lotus pair of Kimi Raikkonen and Romain Grosjean, with Sauber’s Nico Hulkenberg doing his chances of getting a decent drive next year a power of good by claiming a creditable fourth.
Hulkenberg held off Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton, who had an eventful race, fighting a succession of drivers including his team-mate Nico Rosberg, and at one stage asking his team: “When are you going to call me in as these tyres are f*****?”
Hamilton actually passed Hulkenberg at Turn One on lap 48, with seven to go, but was re-passed down the straight to turn three. Meanwhile the Briton then had his hands full trying to fend off Alonso. Force India’s Paul di Resta, another sweating on his future, suffered a fourth retirement in a row.
Source - telegraph.co.uk
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