Seb wins in Korea – can anyone stop Vettel now?

Well, for those among you who set the alarm for any time before 7.00am, you at least had that first lap. Holy Cow! That blew away cobwebs the coffee might have missed. Two Red Bulls side by side then, right behind a Mclaren and a Ferrari also side by side, and then… what was that? Another Ferrari and a Lotus. Four cars/one corner? We can only be grateful Romain Grosjean didn’t get the best of starts this weekend.

Wow! But then after that it was all a bit ‘Korean GP’ wasn’t it? Two Red Bulls leading home two Ferraris, not one of them remotely threatening another, was not the best prelude to a great finale to this season. We’re not even sure the ‘will it/won’t it explode’ drama on Vettel’s rear tyre in the last three laps wasn’t just ‘some plot’ mixed in by the producers to keep us awake.

And with empty grandstands, concrete bunkers and a landscaping somewhere between those sand pits near Heathrow, plus an unloved municipal golf course, it was hard not to recall how warm bed was this morning. Even with some good scraps all the way around what looks like a great track all the way through the race, it was a strangely enervating experience, as it usually is in Korea.

Still, no more early starts this season.

It’s going to take a miracle to stop Sebastian Vettel winnng his third world championship in a row now. We explained how we felt about that last week if you want to take a look. He could wrap it up before Brazil at this rate. Maybe in Austin, Texas? The Americans would like that; as far as we know he’s the only F1 driver to have appeared on US late night television in the last decade.

What else did we learn this morning? Well, right at the moment it needed to up its game, McLaren has once again lost the plot. Jenson Button was out on the first lap having managed to get hit by both Saubers. Not his fault, but what was he doing starting in the middle of the pack, where it can get messy? Paying the penalty for a bodged strategy in qualifying, basically. And, if the BBC is to believed, Lewis Hamilton started the race with the possibility of a one-stop strategy, and ended up stopping three times and finishing tenth. He started third, can we remind you…

Neither JB nor Lewis have a cat in hell’s now. How did that happen, when McLaren have had consistently the fastest car all season?

Ferrari looks like it sorted its second driver problem with Felipe Massa once again showing he has still got it. Well most of ‘it’ anyhow. Fast, but never a challenge to Fernando Alonso. That’s what Ferrari wants. We guess that means both Force India drivers will be staying put, although that didn’t stop Nico Hulkenberg putting in a mighty weekend. Careful there Paul…

The empty seats now look to be at Sauber, with Perez having already signed for McLaren and Kobayashi having blown away any residual goodwill he might have generated with that podium in Japan. He’s messy, but we’ll miss him. Sauber also need to be careful though; under the direction of its ex-engineering director James Key, Toro Rosso looks to be on the move. Two cars in the top ten. Both ahead of McLaren.

Top ten; Vettel, Webber, Alonso, Massa, Raikkonen, Hulkenberg, Grosjean. Vergne, Ricciardo and Lewis Hamilton, who ended the race with a messy lump of greengrocers table cloth attached to the side of his car. That said it all really.

The title race? Vettel leads. That’s all you need to know really…

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That’s a cruel and undeserved dig at Grosjean there TG, bad form. Plus, Red Bull have had a much faster car than McLaren for the majority of the season so please stop with the over hyping of them. Currently there’s the two RB8’s out in front, then McLaren, Ferrari, Lotus and sometimes Sauber jostling for positions behind them. This is just another season when Red Bull build the fastest car and to be honest it’s getting old

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cymrostig, really?
grosjean has screwed up the entire season! who knows what would have happened without that wretched fool on grid. maybe an actual battle across the entire season to see who’s best -and not who’s luckiest to not get hit by a drunken french frog who can’t make it past the 3rd corner half the time without taking out a car or two or three or four or five.

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yup

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what a boring race. i guess it`s sometimes better to stay in bed

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Unfair to Grosjean, unfair to Massa. That sums it up. Yup.

Massa did a great job, this was the second time that he was faster than Alonso. Yeah, he didn’t pass him, but if he wanted to he could’ve.

Hülkenberg did put in a mighty weekend indeed… Way to go, Hulk! Somebody give this guy a good cockpit! finally!

Mercedes have totally lost it… sad… The Ham hopefully knows what he’s doing.

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RBR’s dev team doing what they do best lately, making a fast car. Seb got a bit lucky with no DRS in the first few laps where Webb was close so he couldn’t close up but otherwise imperious. Boring race but consistent Kimi and Alonso, good stuff from Massa. He’s looking like his old self again which is fantastic. He’s really stepped up his game in the last few races.

‘Not his fault, but what was he doing starting in the middle of the pack, where it can get messy? Paying the penalty for a bodged strategy in qualifying, basically. And, if the BBC is to believed, Lewis Hamilton started the race with the possibility of a one-stop strategy, and ended up stopping three times and finishing tenth. He started third, can we remind you…’

Slowed down during yellow flags for Q3. Remember that the difference between 11th and 8th was less than 0.025 seconds (JB to Rosberg).

No idea what happened with Ham. Tyre deg of some sort. McLaren have been tougher on their tyres than RBR/Ferrari/Sauber/Lotus- Ren this season.

‘Neither JB nor Lewis have a cat in hell’s now. How did that happen, when McLaren have had consistently the fastest car all season?’

Bad strategy, bad pit-stops, bad tyre deg (e.g. set-up and driving style), some bad luck (Ham’s gearbox in Singapore, Grosjean in Belgium, JB getting hit today, collision with Kart in Malaysia, exhaust failure in Bahrain) blablabla. Many problems this year for Mc which is a shame because they could have been leading the championship.

‘Ferrari looks like it sorted its second driver problem with Felipe Massa once again showing he has still got it. Well most of ‘it’ anyhow. Fast, but never a challenge to Fernando Alonso. That’s what Ferrari wants.’

Massa had a radio message to keep distance from Fernando. The only reason why he didn’t pass his was team orders.

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Lewis had an anti-roll bar failure according to Martin Whitmarsh. http://www.autosport.com/ news/report.php/id/103452

Balance went, the car ate the tyres. McLaren reliability is fantastic.

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How can TG be so rude to Button too? Calling the accident his fault for not qualifying better. Did they forget about the yellow flag in qualifying that forces you to have a slower lap than your fastest?

Also, ZERO mention of Raikkonen’s battle with Hamilton. Poor form TG…

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Thank you DesertPenguin, at least one other person has picked up on TG’s PMSsing today, be happier TG, Jensen did well to qualify where he did and had some bad luck, Romain stayed out of trouble and Filipe drove out of his skin.. Shame about the race not being more exciting, I’m certainly hoping for a more thrilling race next time round.

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Red Bull do look very strong but still think champ will be in red! Would be good to see a clear sky the odd time in Korea! http://www.fastcarclothes .com

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The goal of F1 teams is to build the best car to give their driver an advantage. Every team has this goal, early on it was McLaren who had the car to beat, then it was RedBull. Why are you fans so upset that a team works hard and does better than everyone else? The driver is on top o his game, the team is working hard to achieve the goal of championship. Vettel #1 till anyone can prove otherwise, everyone here has opinion but the facts are facts.

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Vettel is Lucky, but he ride his luck
well and cash in on his good luck.
Alonso and Massa, good drives
Hard luck Lewis Hamilton and JB

Bad day at the office, for both Sauber
and Mcclaren.
good tosee, Toro Roso picking up
like to see Kobaskyi given a drive next
year.

overall a good race.

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Reblogged this on Angui .

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Gents at the FIA, overtaking by DRS does not excite me. Not in the least. That bit of astroturf was the most thrilling bit about the whole sad affair.

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AS A FERRARI SUPPORTER FOR 30 ODD YEARS NOW IT´S FUSTRATING TO SEE HOW FERRARI ARE NOT CAPABLE IN DOING THEIR JOB ASWELL AS A TEAM THAT IS SPONSERED BY A BEVERAGE THAT KEEPS YOU HIGH. FERRARI IS ALWAYS ONE STEP BEHIND THE REST AND TO SOLVE THAT PROBLEM THEY FIRST HAVE TO SORT THINGS OUT BACK AT THE FACTORY. IT´S JUST NOT ACCEPTABLE FROM A TEAM WITH THEIR HISTORY, BUT OF COURSE IT´S THEIR OWN FAULT.

AS FOR DR. HELMUT, THE SAME NEWSPAPER FROM AUSTRIA THAT INTERVIEWED HIM AFEW WEEKS BACK SHOULD ASK HIM IF HE STILL HAS THE SAME OPINION. HIS WORDS WERE ” THERE IS A CONSPIRACY AGAINST REDBULL FROM MCLAREN AND FERRARI ( HAMI AND ALO), THAT AFTER SO MANY YEARS OF DIFERENCES BETWEEN EACH OTHER HAVE NOW JOINED FORCES TO STOP ARE DRIVER (VETTLE) IN WINNING THE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP”. I´M SURE HE DOESN´T THINK THAT ANYMORE NOW THAT VETTLE IS UP FRONT.

4 RACES TO GO AND WITH LESS FAITH THAN YESTERDAY MORNING.

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