Sebastian Vettel secured his third successive win of three races in Korea. Vettel overtook pole sitter Mark Webber on the first lap and was then untroubled for victory, despite the team worrying about tyre degradation in the closing laps.
Mark Webber finished second ahead of Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso in third. Felipe Massa finished fourth behind teammate Alonso after the team ordered him to slow down and not race Alonso.
Behind Massa Lotus’ Kimi Raikkonen finished fifth in an uneventful race for him. Nico Hulkenberg took sixth for Force India after a double overtake on both Lewis Hamilton and Romain Grosjean on lap 41. Grosjean finished behind Hulkenberg in seventh whilst Hamilton was forced to pit again and claimed the final point in tenth place.
Hamilton had looked set to secure more points for McLaren chasing down eighth place finisher Jean-Eric Vergne and ninth place finisher Daniel Ricciardo but he ran over some astro turf and picked up a huge piece that got stuck under his car. This prevented him from racing the two cars ahead of him and Vergne and Ricciardo secured a double points finish for Toro Rosso.
Hamilton also defended Sergio Perez’s late charge with Perez failing to overtake Hamilton on the final lap. Paul di Resta finished 12th ahead of Michael Schumacher in 13th. Pastor Maldonado beat teammate Bruno Senna to 14th after deciding to run a one stop race.
Behind Senna came the Caterhams, Marussias and Narain Karthikeyan for HRT.
Kamui Kobayashi undid all his good work last weekend by taking out both Jenson Button and Nico Rosberg on lap one and ending his own race. This move would prove costly for Sauber, McLaren and Mercedes who only managed to secure one point between them.
Vettel’s third consecutive win for Red Bull in the last three races lifts him ahead of Alonso in the drivers championship and extends Red Bull’s lead in the constructors championship. Ferrari also move ahead of McLaren in the constructors after a difficult race for Button and Hamilton.
If Vettel can continue this winning form in the final races he looks set to secure his third consecutive championship. Taking recent Red Bull form into account a third championship is beginning to look very likely.