Formula Racing

Korean Grand Prix – Race Review

Sebastian Vettel Makes It Four Wins In A Row At Korea
By Armaan Ebrahim


Sebastian Vettel left behind an incident filled race to cruise to yet another win at a circuit where the German has been very strong. Starting from pole Vettel got off to a good start and never really seemed to be under any threat. Romain Grosjean did well to keep him honest in the first stint but that only lasted for so long. It looked like a repeat of the Singapore GP where Vettel just blew away his rivals and finished with a huge lead. But two safety car periods bunched the field up only to mix things up behind the number one Red Bull. This obviously means an increased lead in the championship and I personally think Vettel has one hand on the title.

Kimi Raikkonen and Lotus managed to entertain us again. After making a mistake in qualifying where he only managed tenth, the Finn planned his race to perfection and fought his way to finish second and grab another podium. In the first stint Kimi ran with the group and managed to jump them by pitting early for his second stop. This provided him with free air to push and eventually resulted in gaining track positions. Once the safety car came out he found himself behind team mate Romain Grosjean. When the lights went green Kimi was on attack mode straight away pouncing on Grosjean and making a bold move around turn one.

Completing the final step on the podium was Romain Grosjean who seemed to have better pace than his team mate but couldn't find a way back past. It was still a welcome return to the podium for the Frenchman and I'm sure it did a lot for his confidence heading into Japan the following weekend. Lotus as a team will be extremely pleased as well after scoring a ton of points.

To me, the star of the race was Nico Hulkenberg who fought his Sauber to a brilliant fourth. That car had no business being there, especially with the Mercedes and Ferrari of Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso breathing down his neck. Nico made a superb move on Hamilton after the first safety car and made full use of knowing where his car was stronger by putting it on all the right places of the track. The Sauber had good top speed and traction which made things very difficult for a chasing Lewis.

So Hamilton eventually had to settle for fifth after running third in the first stint but the suffered terrible tyre graining in the second stint and to me that's what cost him a podium or even a forth place.

Fernando Alonso followed in a disappointing sixth. The Ferrari ace lost ground on the first lap due to his spinning team mate. From there on he spent the race chasing the likes of Hulkenberg and Hamilton. This low result also means that Vettel has an even bigger lead in the overall standings .Nico Rosberg ended right behind Alonso but deserved a better result. The Mercedes driver was compromised when his nose came loose and had to make an additional stop.

Sahara Force India really had a day to forget with both cars not finishing. First was Di Resta who lost the rear end while coming out a corner and crashed into the barriers. This was his third straight dnf through driver error and that in Formula One must be corrected immediately. Adrian Sutil on the other hand collided with Mark Webber after the first safety car. It was always going to be tough for the team since they stopped developing the current car. But the race pace looked positive and might have got one car into the points .Nevertheless it's Japan In a weeks’ time and Suzuka should suit the car. Let’s hope they come back strong and get back on the right track.

Germany GP

31st July 2016

  • Driver Team Time/Lag
  • Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:30:44.200
  • Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Racing + 6.996s
  • Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing + 13.413s
  • Nico Rosberg Mercedes + 15.845s
  • Sebastian Vettel Ferrari + 32.750s
  • Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari + 37.273s
  • Nico Hulkenberg Force India + 70.049
  • Jenson Button McLaren + 1 lap
  • Valtteri Bottas Williams + 1 lap
  • Sergio Perez Force India + 1 lap

Belgian GP

26th - 28thAug 2016

  • Practice 1 Fri 26th Aug 2016

  • Practice 2 Fri 26th Aug 2016

  • Practice 3 Sat 27th Aug 2016

  • Qualifying Sat 27th Aug 2016

  • Race Sun 28th Aug 2016

standings

Formula One World Championship 2016

  • Driver Points Team
  • Lewis Hamilton 217 Mercedes
  • Nico Rosberg 198 Mercedes
  • Daniel Ricciardo 133 Red Bull Racing
  • Kimi Räikkönen 122 Ferrari
  • Sebastian Vettel 120 Ferrari
  • Max Verstappen 115 Red Bull Racing
  • Valtteri Bottas 58 Williams Mercedes
  • Sergio Perez 48 Force India Mercedes
  • Felipe Massa 38 Williams Mercedes
  • Nico Hulkenberg 33 Force India Mercedes