2012 Formula 1 world championship title race fight spinning keen on challenging among Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel and Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso. Both contenders are also targeting their third successive world title.
Following the Korean Grand Prix, Sebastian Vettel leapfrogged Fernando Alonso at the top of the world championship, now he is six point lead from the Spaniard.
The Defending world champion Vettel’s third win in last three races and he will now be preferred to hold his third crown. Vettel took four victories in this season and also he added his 25th career victory at Korea.
Vettel’s team-mate Mark Webber was started from the top in the grid, but following opening lap turn, Vettel grabbed first place, Webber hold the second position and it was the first Red Bull one-two of the season.
“Very pleased, fantastic, I’m very happy, it was a fantastic race.” Vettel told after the Korean GP. Towards the end I felt I had a bit more in the tyres,” said Vettel, whose front-right tyre in particular was badly worn by the end. He had been warned repeatedly by his team to “look after” his tyres.
“I could’ve gone on a bit longer. We were all a bit worried about the front tyres.” The German added.
Following the first seven races of the season was won by a recorded seven different drivers (Vettel 4; Alonso, Hamilton 3; Webber, Button 2; Rosberg, Maldonado 1), Vettel earned 75 points in Last three races.
“It was a difficult race and, come the end of the weekend, I am happy with the way things went. I was starting from the dirty side of the track, we had doubts over tyre life, and what would be the race pace of our rivals.” Alonso said following the Korean GP.
“With all these concerns, managing to get to the podium meant I could breathe a big sigh of relief. It’s true that Red Bull was quickest all weekend, but our aim was to be right behind them and we achieved that. It’s also true that I am no longer leading the championship, but being six points down does not mean much, just as it did not mean much being four points up going into this race.”
“It is also very significant that we are back in second place in the Constructors’, as it means the team is on the case and that will be our strong point from now until the end of the season. Being in this position having pretty much skipped two races out of the last four says a lot. There are a hundred points up for grabs and everything will depend on how much we can improve over the coming races. Here we were much closer to the lead than we were in Singapore and nearer than in Suzuka, so we must continue in this direction.”
The Spaniard added “Vettel’s three wins in a row? Well, he and Red Bull have had three perfect weekends so congratulations for that, but when everything goes smoothly for so long, inevitably sooner or later something has to happen. We are right in the fight for the title with a car that has never been the fastest. It seems we are capable of doing something good too, don’t you think.”
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