Sebastian Vettel of Red Bull won his third consecutive Formula One Korean Grand Prix in convincing fashion at the Korea International Circuit in Yeongam, South Jeolla Province on Sunday.
He completed 55 laps around the 5.615-km-long circuit in one hour 43 minutes and 13.701 seconds, well ahead of runner-up Kimi Raikkonen of Lotus, who came in one hour 43 minutes and 17.925 seconds.
During the inaugural Korean Grand Prix in 2010, Vettel was forced to retire while leading the race due to engine problems. But he has never lost since on the same circuit.
Vettel has won the last four races on the Grand Prix calendar, and with eight titles out of 14 events this season, he is now sitting comfortably on 272 points in the driver’s championship.
Fernando Alonso of Ferrari finished sixth on Sunday to earn another eight points, putting him in second place for the overall championship with 195 points.
With just five races to go, Vettel remains the odds-on favorite to clinch the winner's crown this season, which would mark his fourth straight championship title since 2010.
It would also put Vettel on par with Argentine legend Juan Manuel Fangio, who won four straight from 1954 to 1957. However, fellow German Michael Schumacher holds the F1 record of five in a row, which he collected from 2000 to 2004.
Weather conditions for Sunday's race in Yeongam were good. It rained a little in the morning but cleared up in the afternoon, and the race was held in muggy yet dry conditions. The final attracted 79,057 spectators, and a total of 158,163 people turned up over the three-day period, just shy of 164,152 last year.
The Korean Grand Prix is due to be held until 2016, but the date may be brought forward next year. The Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA), which governs the sport, announced last month that it has tentatively penciled next year's race in for April, but Korean organizers are concerned about whether they can secure enough funding and sponsorship within the next six months.
"The exact date will be confirmed when we negotiate details for next year with the F1 management committee at the end of this year," said an official working for the organizing committee.