Oct. 17 (Bloomberg) -- Red Bull retained its Formula One constructors’ title as drivers’ champion Sebastian Vettel took his 10th victory of the season at yesterday’s Korean Grand Prix.
Vettel, 24, who last week became the youngest-ever two-time world champion, finished ahead of McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton in Yeongam as his domination of the series continued. The German’s teammate Mark Webber was third.
“A second title is testimony to the dedication and commitment of the whole team,” Red Bull Principal Christian Horner told the British Broadcasting Corp. “We’re going to enjoy this moment, it’s been a phenomenal period for the team.”
With three races remaining, Red Bull has an unbeatable 140- point lead over McLaren in the constructors’ standings, with Ferrari trailing in third. Horner said his team’s rivals will be “pushing hard” to bridge the gap for next season.
Drink-maker Red Bull GmbH spent $675 million on the team between 2005 and 2009, according to filings by the team’s parent company based in Milton Keynes, England. Since then it has been rewarded with two straight driver’s titles and now another constructors’ championship.
Vettel moves to 349 points in the drivers’ competition and can match Michael Schumacher’s record of 13 wins in a season if he has victories at the remaining races in India, Abu Dhabi and Brazil. McLaren’s Jenson Button heads a group of four drivers aiming to finish second and has 222 points, Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso has 212, Webber 209 and Hamilton 196.
Hamilton started in pole position, but Vettel was able to pass on the opening lap and ended up winning by 12 seconds.
Hamilton and Webber had a close battle for second throughout the race, with Hamilton just managing to hold on to the position. Button and Alonso were close behind as the top five all finished within 16 seconds of Vettel.
“Towards the end I was able to push and get a little bit of a gap because Lewis and Mark were fighting,” Vettel said in a televised interview.
Felipe Massa of Ferrari, Toro Rosso’s Jaime Alguersuari, Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg, Sebastien Buemi of Toro Rosso and Force India’s Paul di Resta also secured points.
Schumacher had to quit the race on lap 16 after his Mercedes was hit by Renault’s Vitaly Petrov, who also had to retire. Petrov was given a five-position grid penalty for the Indian Grand Prix on Oct. 30.
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