F1: Alonso wins inaugural Korean GP


For a long time it looked as though the Korean GP simply wouldn't happen. The rain was coming down by the bucket and the track surface was new. This meant that water wasn't draining from the surface as quickly as it should have been, because of the new asphalt. After a delay, some laps behind the Safety Car, a further wait of an hour and still more laps following the Safety Car around track, racing at Seoul finally kicked off.

With Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber starting on the front of the grid, things were looking good for Red Bull Racing. Unfortunately for them, thanks to the rain, it didn't quite turn out like that.

When the race started in earnest, it was Sebastian Vettel who pulled ahead of Mark Webber, opening up a gap of 2.8 seconds. On the next lap though, Webber ran wide a little on a right hander, spun into the wall, bounced across the track and collected Nico Rosberg's Mercedes GP. Bad luck for Rosberg who'd managed to pass the McLaren of Lewis Hamilton and had taken third place.

With the Red Bull and Mercedes GP cars blocking a part of the track, there were a few more laps behind the Safety Car. Once the race restarted, Sebastian Vettel took off into the distance, opening up a gap to Alonso.

Vettel continued in the race lead until lap 46. After that though, his Red Bull Racing car's Renault engine gave up. Alonso moved into the lead, with Lewis Hamilton and Felipe Massa right behind him.

Michael Schumacher was the best of the rest, taking a fairly impressive fourth place finish, while Renault's Robert Kubica took fifth.

This means Fernando Alonso moves into the lead of the championship standings with a total of 231 points. Mark Webber, with 220 points is second. McLaren's Lewis Hamilton is third with 210 points.