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Oct 07

Korean GP Recap – F1 2013

Korean GP

If you have to guess about the winner of the 2013 Korean GP then you’re obviously not following Formula 1 very closely.  Once again we recap a race for second place as the rest of the field struggles with tires and safety cars the Korean GP 2013.  Click the jump for some great pictures and our highly biased opinion on all the action at the Korean International Circuit.


Korean GP

In the four year history of the Korean Grand Prix there have only been two winning drivers: Fernando Alonso and Sebastian Vettel.  With Vettel at the head of what is becoming the Red Bull dynasty, it was no surprise when he smoothly powered his way to his fourth win in a row for the 2013 season.

Korean GPWith his main title contenders starting well down in the field Vettel simply motored away from everyone.  The other Red Bull cars weren’t so lucky.  Webber, Vettel’s retiring teammate, continues to be the unluckiest man in F1 as he was taken out by a spinning Sutil while working his way forward form a 10 grid spot penalty at the start of the race.

Korean GPRed Bull’s ill luck wasn’t  limited  only to the “factory” team.  Both drivers on the Torro Rosso team ended the race in the pits after they suffered from mechanicals during the closing laps of the race.

Korean GPDuring the entire weekend there were few in the field who looked up to the challenge of taking on the defending champion.  Mercedes seemed hopeful with a good qualifying performance from Hamilton but race pace proved to be too much for the Pirelli tires and both Mercedes faded as the race progressed.

 

Korean GP 2013On top of tire issues Rosberg had a spectacular and unexplainable front wing failure that sent him to the pits and further damaged his chances of finishing above

Even Alonso wasn’t able to bring the Ferrari to life at the Korean GP.  We’ve become accustomed to Alonso’s blazing starts but at the Korean International Circuit proved troublesome for the Spaniard and he was found languishing in 6th as he crossed the finish line.

Korean GPFerrari’s new hire for 2014, Kimi Raikkonen, managed to drive another aggressive and calculated race to bring his Lotus up from 10th to 2nd, just ahead of teammate Romain Grosjean.  With Kimi looking strong Ferrari has to be happy about signing him for 2014.  At the minimum it should give the Scuderia two drivers who can drive around a mediocre car, which lets be honest has been the story of the famous red cars for the last couple of years.

While Lotus is losing one of, if not the best driver in the field, they do look to have one of the quickest younger drivers in Grosjean.  Grosjean’s had his problems in the past but he looks more mature with every race and he definitely has the pace of the front runners when he stays off the grass.

Korean GPThe other young driver who had another impressive drive was Nico Hulkenberg.  The German drove the Sauber-Ferrari to a very strong 4th place finish solidifying his claim to whatever seat might still be up for grabs next year.  With the season winding down there is much speculation around Hulkenberg.  He is undoubtedly a talented driver but does he have enough talent to make up for the millions in sponsor dollars that some of next year’s rookies are bringing to the table.  F1 isn’t getting any cheaper and sadly it seems to be moving towards a pay to drive series.

With only 5 races left in the season it is almost a foregone conclusion that Vettel will clinch his fourth consecutive world title in the next race or two.  Many of the teams are already focused on the new 2014 turbo cars and with the Korean GP’s future in some doubt last weekend’s race could very well have been the last of an era.

Comeback next Monday for our recap of the Japanese GP and find out if Vettel is a four time world champion.

For all the official results and timing form the Korean GP check out the very expensive and quite fancy: Official F1 website.

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