Alonso wins in Korea as Red Bull crumbles

Fernando Alonso

Ferrari's Fernando Alonso won the Korean Grand Prix

The Formula 1 World Championship has been turned on its head by a dramatic Korean Grand Prix, with Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso taking the race win and championship lead.

After the first 17 laps were held under Safety Car due to extreme wet weather, it took just two laps for the drama to begin.

Erstwhile championship leader Mark Webber lost control of his Red Bull while running in second place behind team-mate Sebastian Vettel. Webber’s car was then collected by Nico Rosberg’s Mercedes, putting both drivers out on the spot.

Vettel then looked set to take the race win and championship lead, before his Renault engine failed with just nine laps to go.

Lewis Hamilton ended the race second, having past Alonso during the pitstops, before losing out to the Spaniard on Lap 35 when he made a mistake at Turn 1.

Felipe Massa (Ferrari) took third, ahead of Michael Schumacher (Mercedes) and Robert Kubica (Renault).

Tonio Liuzzi (Force India), Rubens Barrichello (Williams), Kamui Kobayashi (BMW Sauber), Nick Heidfeld (BMW Sauber) and Nico Hulkenberg (Williams).

Title contender Jenson Button had a frustrating daym which included a spin on his way to 12th place and no points for the McLaren driver.

Pos Driver Team Laps Time/Retired Grid
1 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 55 Winner 3
2 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 55 +14.9 secs 4
3 Felipe Massa Ferrari 55 +30.8 secs 6
4 Michael Schumacher Mercedes GP 55 +39.6 secs 9
5 Robert Kubica Renault 55 +47.7 secs 8
6 Vitantonio Liuzzi Force India-Mercedes 55 +53.5 secs 17
7 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 55 +69.2 secs 10
8 Kamui Kobayashi BMW Sauber-Ferrari 55 +77.8 secs 12
9 Nick Heidfeld BMW Sauber-Ferrari 55 +80.1 secs 13
10 Nico Hulkenberg Williams-Cosworth 55 +80.8 secs 11
11 Jaime Alguersuari STR-Ferrari 55 +84.1 secs 15
12 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 55 +89.9 secs 7
13 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Cosworth 54 +1 Lap 21
14 Bruno Senna HRT-Cosworth 53 +2 Laps 24
15 Sakon Yamamoto HRT-Cosworth 53 +2 Laps 23
Ret Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 46 +9 Laps 14
Ret Sebastian Vettel RBR-Renault 45 +10 Laps 1
Ret Vitaly Petrov Renault 39 +16 Laps 20
Ret Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 31 +24 Laps 19
Ret Sebastien Buemi STR-Ferrari 30 +25 Laps 16
Ret Lucas di Grassi Virgin-Cosworth 25 +30 Laps 22
Ret Jarno Trulli Lotus-Cosworth 25 +30 Laps 18
Ret Mark Webber RBR-Renault 18 +37 Laps 2
Ret Nico Rosberg Mercedes GP 18 +37 Laps 5

Championship points

Pos Driver Team Points
1 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 231
2 Mark Webber RBR-Renault 220
3 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 210
4 Sebastian Vettel RBR-Renault 206
5 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 189
6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 143
7 Robert Kubica Renault 124
8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes GP 122
9 Michael Schumacher Mercedes GP 66
10 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 47
11 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 47
12 Kamui Kobayashi BMW Sauber-Ferrari 31
13 Vitantonio Liuzzi Force India-Mercedes 21
14 Vitaly Petrov Renault 19
15 Nico Hulkenberg Williams-Cosworth 18
16 Sebastien Buemi STR-Ferrari 8
17 Pedro de la Rosa BMW Sauber-Ferrari 6
18 Nick Heidfeld BMW Sauber-Ferrari 6
19 Jaime Alguersuari STR-Ferrari 3
20 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Cosworth 0
21 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Cosworth 0
22 Karun Chandhok HRT-Cosworth 0
23 Bruno Senna HRT-Cosworth 0
24 Lucas di Grassi Virgin-Cosworth 0
25 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 0
26 Sakon Yamamoto HRT-Cosworth 0

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