The past weekend saw the inaugural Korean Grand Prix in Yeogam at the Korean International Circuit. Just like in So Cal, Korea was also very wet and windy over the weekend as well. In fact, the rain got so bad at the circuit that there were actually reports of the asphalt breaking up at one of the turns. The rain refused to let up by the time the race started and the first 17 laps or so were behind a safety car. However, the rain backed off just enough to allow the field to go green and things went underway.
Every car on the grid struggled to find grip as they slipped and slid around nearly every turn. This came to a head when points leader Mark Webber lost control only two laps after the race went green and hit the wall just before being hit by Nico Rosberg who had no where else to go. This incident was a big shake up in the points race and would allow a chance for either Lewis Hamilton or Sebastien Vettel to make up so much needed ground. For a while it looked like Vettel would be the main benefactor of Webber’s misfortune but then Vettel’s engine popped and took him out of the race as well.
With both Red Bull cars out of the race McLaren and Ferrari both smelled blood. However, Ferrari smelled it first and Fernando Alonso took charge as well as the lead for the rest of the race and eventually the win. Due to tire problems Lewis Hamilton couldn’t challenge Alonso for the win but he did hold on to 2nd place which helped him gain ground in the points and Felipe Massa drove a solid race and took home 3rd.
Now, as it stands Fernando Alonso is leading the points title while Mark Webber sits 11 points back and Lewis Hamilton is now third in the title run being 21 points behind Fernando. Jenson Button is still technically alive for the championship but its highly unlikely.
There are only two races left in the season now (Brazil and Abu Dhabi) and the title chase has just gotten interesting!
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