By Alex Kapadia
Red Bull racer Sebastian Vettel demonstrated his tyre management skills at the Korean Grand Prix to claim his third consecutive victory and the lead in the championship points race.
Vettel started the race from second on the grid using the Pirelli P Zero Red supersoft tyres, and then carried out two stints on the P Zero Yellow soft tyre to triumph ahead of his team mate Mark Webber.
Following on from his success in Singapore and Japan, Vettel’s fourth win of the season has made the drivers’ championship even closer heading into the final four rounds.
Paul Hembery, Pirelli’s motorsport director, commented: “In the end we saw the majority of competitors adopting a two-stop strategy here as they did last year, despite the fact that our soft tyre is softer than it was in 2011 – although a one-stop strategy still proved to be possible.
“We’re satisfied with the performance of both compounds, which experienced less graining than they did in free practice and qualifying, thanks to a high degree of track evolution.
“Congratulations to Red Bull and Sebastian Vettel, who has won more races than anybody else this season, thanks also to his tyre management skills that allowed him to control his advantage from the front in Korea and take the lead of the championship standings for the first time since Barcelona.
“We also saw many interesting battles all the way down the classification, with a wide range of different strategies adopted as each driver tried to gain a competitive advantage.
“With particular demands placed on the front-right tyre, the final phase of the race proved to be crucial, but Vettel managed the situation perfectly.”