How Red Bull beat McLaren again
With Lewis Hamilton on pole position, McLaren could have been forgiven for thinking that the Korean Grand Prix was its for the taking. Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber had other ideas though, as Adam Cooper reveals
Many times this year we've seen Sebastian Vettel start from pole, get a good start, build up a lead, and control the race from the front. Lewis Hamilton's superb pole effort in Korea gave us the enticing prospect of a different kind of race, one in which Vettel would have to do the chasing and his Red Bull team find a way to use strategy to give its man a crack at getting past.
In the end the team's expertise was not called upon. Vettel did the job himself, getting past Hamilton on the first lap and recreating the familiar scenario from past races as he stayed safely ahead. It was the opposite of the normal situation in the sense that this time McLaren had the quicker qualifying package (as was also arguably the case in Japan), and Red Bull had the faster car on Sunday.
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