Updated: 19/10/2012 11:11 | By pa.press.net

Advantage Vettel in title race

Sebastian Vettel is hitting form at the right time

Sebastian Vettel is hitting form at the right time

Sebastian Vettel moved a step closer to his third world title with victory in Korea as Lewis Hamilton saw his challenge extinguished in Yeongam.

The McLaren driver entered the race 42 points off the top of the drivers' championship and needing to make up some ground to keep himself in the hunt. But the race proved a nightmare for the 27-year-old as he finished 10th and fell 62 points behind new championship leader Vettel, who overtook Fernando Alonso with his fourth win of the year.

"I think in terms of winning I think that is it for us, but I think we can still get a lot of points," he said. "We are 62 points behind now so it is going to be tough."

A rear anti-roll bar failure during his first stint ultimately proved to be Hamilton's undoing.

The problem meant an extra pit stop for fresh rubber with the resulting handling problems causing high levels of tyre degradation as he dropped back from an initial fourth place.

The problem was exacerbated when a loose piece of Astroturf became attached to his car during the closing laps, and he ended up just holding off Sergio Perez, his McLaren replacement for 2013, for the final point.

He added: "I don't see us in the fight. It's out of the question for us probably now, it's a shame as we were right there for a moment but this is motor racing. It's a sad day, but we will live."

He also took a slight dig at McLaren, by saying: "It's a day to forget, this has been a year to forget as well so I am looking forward to a fresh start next year."

There were few problems for Vettel, however, as the German took his third win in a row - and the 25th of his career - to open a six-point lead over Alonso. However, he insists there will be no complacency from him or his team, despite their current dominance.

"It's difficult to predict the next couple of races," he said. "This is the first one-two this year, I think it shows how difficult the season has been for everyone."

14/10/2012 15:19
Do you people not stop to think that alot of F1 fans are unable to watch the early races due to work or other comitments i have been looking forward to this race all week i go to check my emails and right in front of me are the results no warning or anything time to go google chrome i think
14/10/2012 21:13
Boring Ol Vettel again...only won the last two seasons because of the car,  this season had started better but look's like the same old thing happening again i'd rather see someone else win it frankly.... as for the Race coverage now BBC only show highlight's for some of us who haven't got Sky it might be nice if in this information age if MSN would stop putting the race result up untill after we've all had a chance to watch it...
15/10/2012 06:36
Good job webber done what he was told by the team and LET vettel past and then hold the rest up so vettel can get a good start!!
15/10/2012 20:53
By comparison Vettel is doing a better job than Schumacher did when the latter was in the fastest car on the grid. When Schumacher was racking up 3 titles+ in succession what competition did he have? Even his teammate wasn't allowed to beat him! Vettel, in 2010 and 2011, was racing against 3 world champions (and this year 5) plus his teammate!
15/10/2012 08:43
7 years of excuses--enough is enough--sack wenger.
15/10/2012 11:05

Yes, Vettel is very good - another Schumacher.


14/10/2012 21:14
lewis is a tw*t and will be nowhere in the mercedes what a spoilt little brat
So that German bastard beat the **** what a ****####g joke
14/10/2012 22:25

good  old  vettel  got the job done  he is not like  hamilton  he  dont  through  the dummy out  if  he


14/10/2012 15:22
lewis will return stronger than ever he will be determined to show his critics what he really is made of, dont ever under estimate this kid because he is alot cleverer than you give him credit.You show em lewis what its all about dude we will always support you.
14/10/2012 21:23
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