YEONGAM, South Korea – To say Sebastian Vettel is in championship form would be a huge understatement. The two-time defending champion won his third-straight race on Sunday and vaulted into the lead in the Formula 1 drivers’ standings.
Vettel started the Korean Grand Prix second at the start line, beside pole-sitter Mark Webber. The teammates swapped positions at the finish line, with Webber finishing just over eight seconds behind the winner. Fernando Alonso ended up third in the race.
“I am very happy,” Vettel said after winning the Korean Grand Prix on Sunday. “The only mistake I had was I locked up the front right on the way in (to the pit stop). Fortunately I had a good lead and could control the gaps.”
Alonso has seen his grip on the drivers’ championship lead vanish, but remains positive as the Formula 1 season heads into the final four grand prix of the year.
“Being six points behind leaves open a lot of possibilities for us in the last four races,” he said. “I think it will be a beautiful last four races to the end.”
Vettel was 39 points behind Alonso three races ago. He now sits six points in the lead of the Formula 1 world championship. He has finished on the podium in five of the last eight races and has seven Top-3 finishes in 16 races in 2012. He said the key is to stay focused and not look too far ahead.
“We had a good last couple of races but, y’know, a lot of things can happen,” Vettel said. “We can take nothing for granted. We have to look after ourselves.”
If Vettel wins his third-consecutive F1 title, he will become only the third driver in the history of the sport to accomplish the feat. Michael Schumacher won five-straight championships (2000-2004) and Juan Manuel Fangio won four titles in a row (1954-1957).
The Indian Grand Prix is the next race on the Formula 1 calendar. The fourth-to-last race of the season goes Oct. 28 in New Delhi.