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Sebastian Vettel takes Formula One title lead with S. Korea win

October 14, 2012|By Jim Peltz
  • Formula One driver Sebastian Vettel, left, talks to a team member before the South Korea Grand Prix on Sunday.
Formula One driver Sebastian Vettel, left, talks to a team member before… (Diego Azubel / EPA )

It's down to Vettel versus Alonso, Red Bull versus Ferrari.

Sebastian Vettel took a big step toward his third consecutive Formula One world championship Sunday with the Red Bull driver's third consecutive win, at the Korean Grand Prix on the Yeongam Circuit in South Korea.

The victory vaulted the 25-year-old German to a six-point lead over Ferrari's Fernando Alonso, himself a two-time champion, who finished third Sunday, 14 seconds behind Vettel. Mark Webber, Red Bull's other driver, finished second.

"We had a good last couple of races but you know we've seen the championship [fight] is pretty much up and down, a lot of things can happen," Vettel said at a post-race news conference, according to Formula One's website.

There are four races left in Formula One's season: In India, Abu Dhabi, the United States — at a newly built track in Austin, Texas — and in Brazil for the season finale Nov. 25.

"We just need a little last step to be as competitive as Red Bull, and I think it will be a beautiful last four races to the end," Alonso said.

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