Spaniard Fernando Alonso came into Sunday’s F1 Grand Prix in Korea barely hanging on to top spot on the driver’s leader board and by the end of the day he lost the spot to German Sebastian Vettel.
A week after claiming the Japanese Grand Prix, Vettel did it again and was this time flanked by Australian Red Bull teammate Mark Webber in second place.
Webber started in pole position and the star duo took out their first one-two finish of the F1 season after Vettel, who started second, overtook his teammate on the first corner. He encountered a bit of a scare with 20 laps to go, driving wide before making a pit stop for softer tyres, but recovered enough to secure the win.
Red Bull have implemented a new tactic, the ‘double DRS’ system, that has seen their performance enhanced since Singapore. When the system is activated it allows for greater drag reduction and more straight-line speed, and although Vettel will be the first one to tell you it has its disadvantages (DRS can only be used in a specified zone when overtaking) it enables Red Bull to drive with more downforce than they would normally during qualification and as a result do not suffer the usual straight-line speed deficit that normally applies.
It is technical, but interesting and is something that has helped the young German earn his 25th career victory.
The Grand Prix will move to India in two weeks as the season enters its final four stages making Alonso’s, third in Korea, task of reclaiming the top spot in the standings a tough one.
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