Sunday, 16 October 2011

Sebastian Vettel enters double figures...

Our double world champion has today moved past Nigel Mansell's record of 9 races in a season with a dominant victory at the Korean Grand Prix. Only Schumachers results in 2002 and 2004 are ahead of Vettel's 2011 performance. However, Michael Schumacher never had to face the tough level of opposition that Vettel has been up against.

Being crowned champion last week did nothing to dampen his competitive spirit, taking the lead on the first lap and never looking back. He also managed his first fastest lap of the season - remarkable when you consider his 10 wins.

The race itself wasn't a classic. Overtaking proved difficult, even with DRS, as Webber was clearly quicker than Hamilton but was unable to get past. The tires also lasted much better than expected. At some points over the past week a 4/5 stop race was expected but in reality it was a comfortable 2 stop race for everyone.

Red Bull didn't maximize their result today - Webber should not have followed Hamilton into the pits. They should have taken the risk to go 1 lap longer and it probably cost them a 1-2 finish. Despite this, they came away with the constructors title again. McLaren and Ferrari will be hoping it is not over as quickly next year.

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