Korean Grand Prix 2013 Results: Reaction, Stats, Standings, Post Race Analysis

Mark Patterson@@MarkPattersonBRUK Staff WriterOctober 6, 2013

Korean Grand Prix 2013 Results: Reaction, Stats, Standings, Post Race Analysis

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    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, Results

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    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


    11Sebastian VettelRed Bull Racing-Renault55Winner125
    27Kimi RäikkönenLotus-Renault55+4.2 secs918
    38Romain GrosjeanLotus-Renault55+4.9 secs315
    411Nico HulkenbergSauber-Ferrari55+24.1 secs712
    510Lewis HamiltonMercedes55+25.2 secs210
    63Fernando AlonsoFerrari55+26.1 secs58
    79Nico RosbergMercedes55+26.6 secs46
    85Jenson ButtonMcLaren-Mercedes55+32.2 secs114
    94Felipe MassaFerrari55+34.3 secs62
    106Sergio PerezMcLaren-Mercedes55+35.1 secs101
    1112Esteban GutierrezSauber-Ferrari55+35.9 secs8 
    1217Valtteri BottasWilliams-Renault55+47.0 secs17 
    1316Pastor MaldonadoWilliams-Renault55+50.0 secs18 
    1420Charles PicCaterham-Renault +63.5 secs19 
    1521Giedo van der GardeCaterham-Renault +64.5 secs20 
    1622Jules BianchiMarussia-Cosworth +67.9 secs22 
    1723Max ChiltonMarussia-Cosworth +72.8 secs21 
    1818Jean-Eric VergneSTR-Ferrari +2 Lap16 
    1919Daniel RicciardoSTR-Ferrari +3 Lap12 
    2015Adrian SutilForce India-Mercedes +5 Lap14 
    Ret2Mark WebberRed Bull Racing-Renault +19 Lap13 
    Ret14Paul di RestaForce India-Mercedes +31 Laps15


Updated Driver Standings

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    Here is the drivers' title race after Korea, round 14 of 19 this season (via Formula1.com):


    1Sebastian VettelGermanRed Bull Racing-Renault272
    2Fernando AlonsoSpanishFerrari195
    3Kimi RäikkönenFinnishLotus-Renault167
    4Lewis HamiltonBritishMercedes161
    5Mark WebberAustralianRed Bull Racing-Renault130
    6Nico RosbergGermanMercedes122
    7Felipe MassaBrazilianFerrari89
    8Romain GrosjeanFrenchLotus-Renault72
    9Jenson ButtonBritishMcLaren-Mercedes58
    10Paul di RestaBritishForce India-Mercedes36
    11Nico HulkenbergGermanSauber-Ferrari31
    12Adrian SutilGermanForce India-Mercedes26
    13Sergio PerezMexicanMcLaren-Mercedes23
    14Daniel RicciardoAustralianSTR-Ferrari18
    15Jean-Eric VergneFrenchSTR-Ferrari13
    16Pastor MaldonadoVenezuelanWilliams-Renault1
    17Esteban GutierrezMexicanSauber-Ferrari0
    18Valtteri BottasFinnishWilliams-Renault0
    19Jules BianchiFrenchMarussia-Cosworth0
    20Charles PicFrenchCaterham-Renault0
    21Giedo van der GardeDutchCaterham-Renault0
    22Max ChiltonBritishMarussia-Cosworth0


Updated Team Standings

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    Here are the updated team standings after Korea (via Formula1.com):


    1Red Bull Racing-Renault402
    6Force India-Mercedes62


Post-Race Reaction

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    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:

    #Kimi's first up of the boys in black & gold: "We did it in Singapore, so I'm not too surprised with the result" #F1 pic.twitter.com/A58wpohpue

    — Lotus F1 Team (@Lotus_F1Team) October 6, 2013

    The other half of our podium pairing, @RGrosjean: "Without the safety car, maybe we could have pushed Seb more" #F1 pic.twitter.com/07lMjLqKA9

    — Lotus F1 Team (@Lotus_F1Team) October 6, 2013

    #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


Winners in Korea

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    Nico Hulkenberg

    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.


    Sebastian Vettel

    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.

Losers in Korea

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    Felipe Massa

    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.


    Force India

    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.


    Mark Webber

    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.