Sebastian Vettel claimed his fourth straight Formula 1 victory on Sunday in a Korean Grand Prix enlivened by spectacular racing and bizarre incidents in his wake, Eurosport reports.
The Red Bull driver was joined on the podium by Lotus duo Kimi Raikkonen – charging forward from 10th on the grid – and Romain Grosjean. The first half of the race featured Vettel pulling away from a closely-matched Grosjean and Hamilton, with Nico Rosberg behind and then Nico Hulkenberg fending off Fernando Alonso and a growing pack. The result brings Red Bull within seven points of their fourth consecutive constructors’ crown, and Mercedes within a point of Ferrari for second in the standings – Red Bull have 402 points, Ferrari 284 and Mercedes 283, while Lotus are on 239, McLaren 81 and Force India 62.
Vettel extended his championship lead over Alonso to 77 points and now sits on a total of 272. As a result the German could clinch the title in Japan next week were he to win with Alonso ninth or lower. The Spaniard has 195, and Raikkonen has displaced Hamilton from third with 168 to his 161. Webber remains fifth on 130 with Rosberg on 122.