The Korean Grand Prix ended with one RB6 caked in mud and another in fire extinguisher foam.
This couldn’t have been a more crushing result for Red Bull.
Having annexed the front row of the grid for the eighth time this year they came away with nothing after a crash and a blown engine.
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Looked out of sorts in practice, hampered by a puncture in the second session and struggling in traffic on Saturday morning.
But it all came together in qualifying where he edged Webber by a tiny margin to claim his ninth pole position of 2010.
Pulled out a 2.8 second lead in the first lap of the race, though his advantage was erased by the return of the safety car. When the safety car came out for a third time he had a 5.7 second lead over Fernando Alonso.
He led every lap until the 46th tour, when his Renault engine died as he passed the pits:
This is not a nice moment, but I think it was a difficult race for all of us today. To be at the front of the field for the whole race, controlling it and looking after the tyres, I think there’s nothing more we could have done.
All in all we did an almost perfect job today and also yesterday in qualifying. It was getting dark towards the end of the race; I had a medium visor on my helmet and it was hard to see some of the bumps on the track or the reference for braking, but the guys finished the race so there must have been some visibility.
It’s the latest in a string of car problems for Vettel in races and qualifying, which also compromised his performance in Bahrain, Australia, Spain, Canada and Turkey. The team confirmed the unit he was using was on its third race.
Headed Vettel in Q2 but had the tables turned on him in Q3, leaving him second on the grid.
Crashed out on lap 19 resulting in his first no-score since the European Grand Prix and losing the championship lead to Alonso:
It was totally my fault, I got on the kerb on the exit of Turn 12 and it was a very slow-motion moment off the back of that kerb – it was my mistake and it wasn’t my day.
I thought I’d managed to catch it, but I lost the car and made contact with the wall, nothing too heavy, but it was enough to bring the car back to the other side of the track and then Nico hit me, which wrecked his race as well.
Conditions were okay by the time we were racing – on the edge, but okay.
2010 Korean Grand Prix
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