Fernando Alonso will be massively chuffed with his result today, not only is yet another victory to his already impressive tally, but he’s now in the lead of the championship for the 2010 title, jumping both Vettel and Webber.
Today’s Korean GP nearly didn’t happen, the start was delayed, eventually got underway behind the safety car, only to be stopped until over an hour later than planned when the race finally got going behind, again behind the safety car. Just as the racing finally got going Mark Webber lost control of his car, stacked it in the wall and then took out Rosberg too – this incident was just the beginning of an chaotic race…
After the second safety car had been and gone, Vettel seemed to have the race in the bag, being able to comfortably lead Alonso and Hamilton. With the track drying out steadily, Button took a gamble and switched to intermediate tyres, only to come out behind a four car battle and was consequently held up badly. A few laps later, after the rest of the front runners pitted, both leaders came in for fresh rubber and Alonso slipped to 3rd behind Hamilton following some pit stop confusion.
With 44 of the 55 laps completed, Vettel called for the race to be stopped due to poor light conditions, his call was left unheard and only a few laps later the floor of his car seem to give way and a huge ploom of engine smoke and fire followed, gifting Fernando the lead and Lewis 2nd place.
As for the championship, Webber and Vettel obviously lost out by a great deal today, and Button is still only just (mathematically) in with a hope of retaining his title.
Here’s the final result and there’s more analysis and comment to follow later – what did you all make of today’s race? Use the comments and let us know!