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Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel once again showed his dominance as he eased to victory in the Korean Grand Prix to edge closer to a world championship title.
Vettel’s closest rival, Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso, only finished sixth and Vettel can now clinch the title next Sunday in Japan if he wins and Alonso finishes lower than eighth.
Lotus once again showed their speed to finish on the podium, with Kimi Raikkonen and Romain Grosjean coming second and third respectively.
In the impressive drive of the day, Sauber’s Nico Hulkenberg did well to take fourth place and hold off Lewis Hamilton. Hulkenberg’s drive was one of the highlights of the race as two safety-cars made his fight even more difficult.
The Sauber driver had to hold off several others with a car that was slow around most of the lap but quick on the straights, and after Hamilton passed him on lap 48, Hulkenberg bounced back to retake the position moments later.
Vettel was never troubled throughout the race and controlled from the front after a solid start. The two big incidents came when two safety-cars were needed in quick succession. The first came when Sergio Perez’s tyre failed and then the race came to a halt moments later when Mark Webber’s car caught fire after being clipped by Adrian Sutil at Turn Three.
Towards the end of the points places, Nico Rosberg took seventh ahead of Jenson Button and Felipe Massa.