Korean GP: Sebastian Vettel closes in on title with win in a dramatic race
Sebastian Vettel stands on the brink of a fourth world title in succession after he powered away from pole position to win a fiery Korean Grand Prix on Sunday.
Sebastian Vettel stands on the brink of a fourth world title in succession after he powered away from pole position to win a fiery Korean Grand Prix on Sunday. The unstoppable German, 26, could retain the title in Japan next week if he wins and Ferrari rival Fernando Alonso finishes outside the top eight. (All AFP and AP photos)
Vettel's third win on the trot in Korea means he has racked up 272 points, a mammoth 77-point lead over nearest challenger Alonso, who came home sixth at Yeongam.
Vettel took the chequered flag 4.224sec ahead of Kimi Raikkonen of Lotus, who just beat team-mate Romain Grosjean to the line for second.
Sauber's Nico Hulkenberg and Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton (behind Raikkonen in image), who started second on the grid, were fourth and fifth.
Not even two appearances by the safety car, or the worrying sight of his team-mate Mark Webber climbing out of his burning Red Bull, was enough to stop Vettel's fourth win on the bounce.
It was a poor day for Force India with Adrian Sutil finishing last while Paul di Resta crashed out of the race.
Felipe Massa of Ferrari and Sergio Perez of McLaren rounded out the top 10.