Vettel to strike again

  • Last Updated: October 11 2012, 17:10 BST

Tony Jardine previews this weekend's Korean Grand Prix and expects Sebastian Vettel to continue his title charge.

Vettel to strike again

This weekend's Korean Grand Prix takes place on a remote track deep in South Korea that was barely finished when teams arrived for the inaugural race two years ago!

It's half fast, half slow like Brazil and is anti-clockwise with a reputation for being slippy but challenging.

Sadly the fans don't turn up, mainly because accommodation is scarce, but teams rate the track which has three straights in the first sector.

The first event was fraught with dramas as rain caused a 40-minute stoppage of the event followed by a big crash for Mark Webber, who took out Nico Rosberg in the process. Red Bull suffered a double failure as Sebastian Vettel's engine failed when leading.

They did put things right last year as Vettel won and with Webber third, they sealed the constructors' title.

Riding the crest of a technical wave at the moment, Vettel's timing is immaculate as he took his third win of the year in Japan last time, putting pressure on Ferrari as he closed to within four points of Fernando Alonso.

The Yeongham track should suit Red Bull again as design ace Adrian Newey has made their new double DRS system work, giving the good straight-line speed for the three straights in sector one.

As a result Vettel is my favourite to win on Sunday with Lewis Hamilton on the podium to take his third runner-up slot in Korea. I am sure Ferrari can challenge for the top six, along with Jenson Button and Kimi Raikkonen.

I have Force India back in the top 10 with Nico Hulkenberg and Mercedes using their powerful engines to full advantage for a top-six spot for Rosberg and top 10 for Michael Schumacher.

Pastor Maldonado seems to be settling in nicely now so he could round out the top 10 again as we predicted for Japan.

I have Hamilton down for pole again although he let me down in Japan by going the wrong way on settings.

That's what happens when you lose the commitment of a team, they don't want to see that coveted number one car going to Mercedes next year. They could hold on to lots of information now to keep it from their rivals.


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