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Korean Grand Prix – Alonso Takes First Rain Win

by F1Fan on October 24, 2010

The Korean Grand Prix turned out to be an incident filled rain soaked race.

After a dry start to the Grand Prix race weekend overnight rains had washed away any build up of rubber that had been put down during practice and qualifying making the track incredibly green and slippery.

Coupled with the heavy rain that began just before the race was due to begin made the conditions treacherous and forced a start under the safety car only to be red flagged after 4 laps suspending the race for what must have been 15 to 20 minutes.

When the race began again, the safety car lead the field around for some 14 laps finally coming in on lap 18 for the race to begin in earnest.

Just one lap later Mark Webber went wide coming out of a turn touched the grass span across the track into the wall on the right hand side and then slide backwards across the track colliding with Nico Rosberg taking Rosberg out and finishing his race and maybe even his Championship dreams.

The Korean Grand Prix became a race of firsts:

The first race to be red flagged because of Weather this season;
The longest Formula One Race in recent history;
According to Fernado Alonso the worst conditions of any race he has ever driven in;
Produced another new Championship leader for the eighth time this season;
The most Attrition of any race this season with 9 cars retiring
Alonso wins again for the fifth time this season;
Alonso’s second win of the season because of mechanical failure with Sebastian Vettels Red Bull RB6
The first time this season that neither Red Bull finished the race.
The first Formula One Day race to finish after Sunset

After Webber crashed out Alonso took over second place and except for a brief period where he lost Second place to Lewis Hamilton after a particularly slow pit stop was slowly gaining on Sebastian Vettel, until Vettel suddenly slowed as his engine expired in dramatic fashion spewing molten parts all over the track.

After that Alonso was never really challenged for the lead and finished easily ahead of Lewis Hamilton in the McLaren and his team mate Felipe Massa who claimed the last step on the podium.

Korean Grand Prix Results (Top Ten)

PositionDriver
Nationality
DriverTeamChampionship
Points Earned
1SpainFernando AlonsoFerrari25
2GBLewis HamiltonMcLaren18
3BrazilFelipe MassaFerrari15
4GermanyMichael SchumacherMercedes Gp12
5PolandlRobert KubicaRenault F110
6ItalyVitantonio LiuzziForce India8
7BrazilRubens BarrichelloWilliams6
8JapanKamui KobayashiBMW Sauber F14
9GermanyNick HeidfeldBMW Sauber F12
10GermanyNico HulkenbergWilliams F11
Korea International Circuit (Yeongam, South Korea)
last updated Oct 24, 2010

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With only two Grand Prix left to go, Interlagos, Brazil (November 7th) and the Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi just one week later the Drivers Championship is now truely up for Grabs.

Will it be Alonso, Vettel, Webber or Hamilton, any one of these four could still easily win the Drivers chamoionship, given a bit of luck and reliability from their cars.

Who do you think will win?

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