Korean GP: Tyre and Pit Stop Strategy
A third consecutive victory for Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel moved him ahead of Fernando Alonso in the World Championships despite the Ferrari driver’s damage-limiting third place. Pole-sitter, Mark Webber was sandwiched between them but once the Australian had lost his position to his team mate through the first series of straights, it was a largely uneventful race.
Two-stops dominated proceedings, although Lewis Hamilton’s need to make a third plus an anti-roll bar failure left him battling with the Toro Rossos until his McLaren picked up part of Korea’s carpeted run-off. Pastor Maldonado, by contrast, made a solitary stop on his run from 15th on the grid to 14th at the flag. Jean-Eric Vergne was the highest of the finishers to have started on the prime tyre compound, although it wasn’t a major factor his 8th place finish from 16th on the grid.
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