SEBASTIAN Vettel showed no signs of a hangover from last weekend’s Japanese Grand Prix where he clinched the world championship as he cruised to victory in Korea on Sunday.
And while Mark Webber couldn’t pass McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton, forcing the Australian to settle for third place, it was enough for Red Bull to clinch their second consecutive constructors’ championship.
Hamilton did however end Red Bull’s season-long stranglehold on pole position, beating Vettel to the mark on Saturday, with Webber fourth.
But come the start, Vettel immediately launched into an attack on the McLaren ahead of him, passing him on the opening lap and never looked back.
Webber however had a far more eventful race. Dropping to fifth in the opening few turns, he made a dramatic late lunge up the inside of Ferrari’s Felipe Massa and the other McLaren of Jenson Button to secure third place. And after two rounds of pitstops, Webber found himself within a second of Hamilton in front, but despite having the DRS advantage down the long straight, he couldn’t make a move stick on the Englishman, and despite battling for nearly 20 laps, had to settle for the final podium place behind Vettel, who maintained a 10 second gap back to the pair throughout.
The result was enough to seal the constructors’ title ahead of McLaren, signalling Red Bull’s intent to rule over F1 for years to come.
Race winner Vettel said: “For the team, for everyone in Milton Keynes designing and building the car, for everyone in Viry at Renault building the engine which has been 100 per cent reliable so far this year and for everyone in Fuschl in Austria, it’s been a great year.”
The team now have two weeks to celebrate their two title successes before heading to the new Indian GP circuit.