Sebastian Vettel made it three wins in a row in Korea, four wins in a row in the 2013 championship, and 34 Grands Prix victories in his career with a victory in the 2013 Korean Grand Prix.
The German turned pole position into a race win with what team principal Christian Horner told him over the radio was a "disciplined drive". His fourth-consecutive world title will surely be confirmed in a race or two.
Behind him, though, the Korean GP was anything but a procession. Kimi Raikkonen and Romain Grosjean bagged the other two podium places, while Nico Hulkenberg was a creditable fourth.
There was no shortage of incident, with two safety cars, Mark Webber's Red Bull in flames, a delaminated tyre for Sergio Perez, both Ferraris colliding and more.
Here are the essential details from the race weekend at Yeongam.
The Race Weekend on Bleacher Report
Thursday—the Singapore Grand Prix preview
Friday and Saturday—the story of practice and qualifying
Sunday—the Korean Grand Prix live blog and report
Results in full, via Formula1.com
|1||1||Sebastian Vettel||Red Bull Racing-Renault||55||Winner||1||25|
|2||7||Kimi Räikkönen||Lotus-Renault||55||+4.2 secs||9||18|
|3||8||Romain Grosjean||Lotus-Renault||55||+4.9 secs||3||15|
|4||11||Nico Hulkenberg||Sauber-Ferrari||55||+24.1 secs||7||12|
|5||10||Lewis Hamilton||Mercedes||55||+25.2 secs||2||10|
|6||3||Fernando Alonso||Ferrari||55||+26.1 secs||5||8|
|7||9||Nico Rosberg||Mercedes||55||+26.6 secs||4||6|
|8||5||Jenson Button||McLaren-Mercedes||55||+32.2 secs||11||4|
|9||4||Felipe Massa||Ferrari||55||+34.3 secs||6||2|
|10||6||Sergio Perez||McLaren-Mercedes||55||+35.1 secs||10||1|
|11||12||Esteban Gutierrez||Sauber-Ferrari||55||+35.9 secs||8|
|12||17||Valtteri Bottas||Williams-Renault||55||+47.0 secs||17|
|13||16||Pastor Maldonado||Williams-Renault||55||+50.0 secs||18|
|14||20||Charles Pic||Caterham-Renault||+63.5 secs||19|
|15||21||Giedo van der Garde||Caterham-Renault||+64.5 secs||20|
|16||22||Jules Bianchi||Marussia-Cosworth||+67.9 secs||22|
|17||23||Max Chilton||Marussia-Cosworth||+72.8 secs||21|
|18||18||Jean-Eric Vergne||STR-Ferrari||+2 Lap||16|
|19||19||Daniel Ricciardo||STR-Ferrari||+3 Lap||12|
|20||15||Adrian Sutil||Force India-Mercedes||+5 Lap||14|
|Ret||2||Mark Webber||Red Bull Racing-Renault||+19 Lap||13|
|Ret||14||Paul di Resta||Force India-Mercedes||+31 Laps||15|
Here is the drivers' title race after Korea, round 14 of 19 this season (via Formula1.com):
|1||Sebastian Vettel||German||Red Bull Racing-Renault||272|
|5||Mark Webber||Australian||Red Bull Racing-Renault||130|
|10||Paul di Resta||British||Force India-Mercedes||36|
|12||Adrian Sutil||German||Force India-Mercedes||26|
|21||Giedo van der Garde||Dutch||Caterham-Renault||0|
Here are the updated team standings after Korea (via Formula1.com):
|1||Red Bull Racing-Renault||402|
The most notable thing at the podium was that there were no boos for Sebastian Vettel:
Johnny Herbert is on hand to interview the podium drivers for the fans, who are today applauding and cheering the winner. #F1— AUTOSPORT Live (@autosportlive) October 6, 2013
Vettel: "I think Kimi and Romain were pretty competitive, they did a better job looking after their tires. I'm loving what I do." #F1onNBC— F1® Racing on NBC (@F1onNBCSports) October 6, 2013
Lotus were positive after getting both drivers on the podium—although there were rumours of a bit of tension between Grosjean and the team:
#askcrofty Grosjean was told to have a "big ******* smile" on podium & "it" be discussed after the race - sign of team orders?— geographicalbaker (@f1bakingmoo) October 6, 2013
Red Bull's statistics as a leading constructor received yet another boost:
Also win number 42 for Red Bull. 5th in all-time list. Remarkable for a team that was winless at the start of ‘09.— Edd Straw (@eddstrawF1) October 6, 2013
While Vettel's recent record made for another remarkable statistic:
In the last 4 Grands Prix combined, Sebastian Vettel has led 209 out of 213 laps #F1— Sean Kelly (@virtualstatman) October 6, 2013
A typically outspoken Mark Webber was not shy about blaming Pirelli for Sergio Perez's delaminating tyre:
Webber: Pirelli will put the puncture of Perez down to a lock up but the reason the drivers are locking up is because there's no tread left"— Andrew Benson (@andrewbensonf1) October 6, 2013
And Fernando Alonso was equally as dismissive about the tyres:
Alonso: "There is no controversy. We speak with facts and they [Pirelli] just use words." No controversy there then..— Pablo Elizalde (@EliGP) October 6, 2013
Still with a middle-of-the-pack team, still turning in one great drive after another. He was clearly in a Sauber that was some way inferior to Lewis Hamilton's Mercedes, but he married determination to discipline and held the Briton at bay. Was it enough to convince Lotus to take him on next year?
Speaking of which, this was Lotus' best outing for many a weekend. Kimi Raikkonen jumping up to second would have been a good result alone, but he is off to pastures new in 2014. Romain Grosjean driving maturely to bag third place was the bigger, better news for the team in the long run.
It's almost churlish to point this out, but Sebastian Vettel won the race, moved to the brink of the title for a fourth straight year—and didn't get booed for it. That's a good result for the sport, all things considered.
The Brazilian said he'd be driving for himself for the rest of the year, not teammate Fernando Alonso. Almost taking out the Spaniard three corners in, and taking himself well down the field was probably not the best way to go, though.
They made a great start to the season and were in the thick of a battle with McLaren for much of the year. Paul di Resta crashed out to continue his run of retirements, while Adrian Sutil's incident after the safety car went in collected Mark Webber, and he was unable to finish the race. The team have regressed fast this season.
Two races in a row have ended with his car in flames, and the Australian only has five more Grands Prix left to finish his F1 career on a high note.
Sergio Perez's delaminated tyre may have been the result of locking up a few corners before. But it was a nasty reminder of events earlier in the season, and will have the Italian company very nervous once again.