Vettel cruises to Korea win
World champion Sebastian Vettel took a comfortable win in the Korean Grand Prix to clinch the constructors' title for Red Bull.
By Alex Williams
Last Updated: 16/10/11 10:45pm
Newly-crowned world champion Sebastian Vettel took a comfortable win in the Korean Grand Prix to clinch the constructors' title for Red Bull.
The Red Bull driver claimed the individual crown at the last race in Japan - where he finished third - but this time was able to fully savour the moment as he crossed the line in first place for the 10th time this season.
He overtook pole man Lewis Hamilton on the opening lap and was never realistically challenged thereafter as the British driver was forced to settle for second.
Mark Webber looked faster than the McLaren in the closing stages but could not find a way past and eventually finished third, with Jenson Button taking the chequered flag just behind him.
Fernando Alonso put in a late race charge to finish fifth ahead of Ferrari team-mate Felipe Massa, while Jaime Alguersuari got by Nico Rosberg on the last lap to take seventh.
By bettering the points haul of McLaren, Red Bull have also now ensured that they have claimed the constructors' title for the second year in a row.
When the lights went out at the start of the race, Hamilton retained his lead through the first three corners but could not hold off a charging Vettel for long.
Vettel made his way through under braking for the tight Turn 4 hairpin, while behind them Jenson Button, who had started third, was bumped all the way down to sixth after a poor first lap.
Hamilton managed to peg his rival in the early stages of the race but the German eventually pulled away as the former's tyres seemed to begin to degrade.
Button, meanwhile was hassling Alonso for fifth position but found himself becoming embroiled in a battle with Roserg at the pits, with the pair managing to get past both Ferraris on the undercut despite their fight.
A collision between Vitaly Petrov and Michael Schumacher on lap 17 then brought out the safety car and Button challenged Webber for third on the restart but was unable to get through.
Hamilton managed to prevent Vettel from cruising out in a big lead for a while but also had to watch his mirrors as Webber, driving in the other Red Bull and on the harder of the two tyre compounds available, closed in on him.
The Australian was all over the back of the polesitter but Hamilton made his McLaren wide and stayed ahead when the pair pitted on the same lap.
Webber barged his way up the inside on their out lap but Hamilton found a way back past him and managed to keep second place after they had fought out an intense wheel-to-wheel battle.
That allowed Vettel to increase his lead and he comfortably retained the advantage after his final pit stop, while Alonso stayed out the longest of the front-runners and was finally able to leapfrog team-mate Massa as a result.
The Spaniard showed impressive pace in free air but could not reach Button ahead of him, while Hamilton and Webber continued their scrap all the way to the flag, but with no change in the order.