Vettel wins the 2011 Korean Grand Prix, secures Red Bull’s second constructors’ title

Article by Christian Andrei, on October 16, 2011

Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel took the trophy at the Korean Grand Prix, marking his tenth win for this season. Vettel had also succeeded at the Constructors' World Championship, giving Red Bull back-to-back titles. Vettel, who started second on the grid beside McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton, had outbraked his McLaren into Turn 4 on the opening lap.

This gave him a crucial advantage. However, this four-second lead was wasted when at Turn 3, Vitaly Petrov took Michael Schumacher out of the race. The ensuing debris brought out the safety car. Fortunately, when racing restarted, Vettel got the chance to pull away once again.

The gap betweel Vettel and Hamilton was 11s. Nonetheless, Hamilton’s second-place finish wasn’t easy to pull off. Red Bull’s Mark Webber kept close behind Hamilton and was never more than 1.5s behind. In the second half of the race, Webber was able to close into Hamilton’s tail. Hamilton went in for his last pitstop as his rear tires were starting to go off but Webber stopped on the same lap so Hamilton was able to keep his lead.

They were driving side-by-side for several corners on lap 34 and with just five laps left, Webber was able to get to second place. Just a few seconds later, Hamilton passed Webber. This is due to McLaren’s superior traction and with Hamilton’s use of all his KERS and DRS at the same time. Hamilton maintained his position from the long run down to Turn 3 through to the finish. He achieved the fastest lap on this penultimate tour.

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