Korea Grand Prix – Race Results

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Sebastian Vettel claimed his fourth straight Formula 1 victory in a Korean Grand Prix enlivened by spectacular racing and bizarre incidents in his wake.

The Red Bull driver was joined on the podium by Lotus duo Kimi Raikkonen – charging forward from 10th on the grid – and Romain Grosjean.

Pos  Driver        Team                       Time
 1.  Vettel         Red Bull-Renault           1h43:13.701
 2.  Raikkonen      Lotus-Renault              +     4.200
 3.  Grosjean       Lotus-Renault              +     4.900
 4.  Hulkenberg     Sauber-Ferrari             +    24.100
 5.  Hamilton       Mercedes                   +    25.200
 6.  Alonso         Ferrari                    +    26.100
 7.  Rosberg        Mercedes                   +    26.600
 8.  Button         McLaren-Mercedes           +    32.200
 9.  Massa          Ferrari                    +    34.300
10.  Perez          McLaren-Mercedes           +    35.100
11.  Gutierrez      Sauber-Ferrari             +    35.900
12.  Bottas         Williams-Renault           +    47.000
13.  Maldonado      Williams-Renault           +    50.000
14.  Pic            Caterham-Renault           +  1:03.500
15.  van der Garde  Caterham-Renault           +  1:04.500
16.  Bianchi        Marussia-Cosworth          +  1:07.900
17.  Chilton        Marussia-Cosworth          +  1:12.900
18.  Vergne         Toro Rosso-Ferrari         +    2 laps
19.  Ricciardo      Toro Rosso-Ferrari         +    3 laps
20.  Sutil          Force India-Mercedes       +    5 laps

Fastest lap: Vettel, 1:41.380

Not classified/retirements:

Driver         Team                       On lap
Webber         Red Bull-Renault             41
Di Resta       Force India-Mercedes         29

World Championship standings, round 15:                

Drivers:                    Constructors:             
 1.  Vettel        272        1.  Red Bull-Renault          402
 2.  Alonso        195        2.  Ferrari                   284
 3.  Raikkonen     167        3.  Mercedes                  283
 4.  Hamilton      161        4.  Lotus-Renault             239
 5.  Webber        130        5.  McLaren-Mercedes           81
 6.  Rosberg       122        6.  Force India-Mercedes       62
 7.  Massa          89        7.  Sauber-Ferrari             31
 8.  Grosjean       72        8.  Toro Rosso-Ferrari         31
 9.  Button         58        9.  Williams-Renault            1
10.  Hulkenberg     31       
11.  Di Resta       36       
12.  Sutil          26       
13.  Perez          23       
14.  Ricciardo      18       
15.  Vergne         13       
16.  Maldonado       1

Lotus Team Quotes:

Kimi Raikkonen – 2nd: “Second place is ok and a good result for the team, but we’re here to win and having to fight your way to the front from a bad starting position is not ideal. Qualifying was pretty awful for me, but it’s difficult to say whether a better grid position would have made the difference. Sebastian was faster than us at the end; not massively, but a little bit for sure and his tyres were fresher too so I think it would have been tough to catch him in any case. We were closer to the Red Bull today than we have been in some races, but not close enough. People might say it was good luck with the safety car, but sometimes these things go with you and others they go against you. We made up some places even before that happened, and if we hadn’t had the speed then we wouldn’t have been in a position to take advantage. You could see at the end that we had more than enough pace to keep the others behind, so I think it’s deserved.”

Romain Grosjean – 3rd: “It’s a fantastic result for the team. Of course, one step higher on the podium would have been better for me and two steps better would have been superb, but it didn’t quite work out that way. Our battle with Lewis [Hamilton] was good and our pace was great, but the two safety car periods hurt our attempts to battle for the win. After the restart I should have been in front of Kimi on the road, but it was my mistake which let him past. I went a bit wide in Turn 15 and got on the Astroturf – which is very slippery – and that let him get a run on me. Then there were yellow flags into Turn 3 so I couldn’t take the place back straight away. Of course, I was asking the team to let me past Kimi as I was on fresher tyres, but they left us to race which is our philosophy of fair play. You lose so much downforce in sectors two and three and obviously our cars are pretty close on performance so it’s pretty hard to pass, but we have to be very happy with a double podium.”

Eric Boullier, Team Principal: “Another double podium for the team is a fantastic result and it tastes like a race win this late in the season. Credit to everyone back at Enstone for delivering us extra performance from the long wheelbase car, as any gain towards the end of the year is especially beneficial as we fight for position in both Championships. The race team delivered a great strategy and pit stops, whilst both drivers drove exceptionally well. We have a lot of promise for the remaining races and podiums are certainly on our agenda.”

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