Many times this year we've seen Sebastian Vettel start from pole, get a good start, build up a lead, and control the race from the front. Lewis Hamilton's superb pole effort in Korea gave us the enticing prospect of a different kind of race, one in which Vettel would have to do the chasing and his Red Bull team find a way to use strategy to give its man a crack at getting past.
In the end the team's expertise was not called upon. Vettel did the job himself, getting past Hamilton on the first lap and recreating the familiar scenario from past races as he stayed safely ahead. It was the opposite of the normal situation in the sense that this time McLaren had the quicker qualifying package (as was also arguably the case in Japan), and Red Bull had the faster car on Sunday.
Fortunately for all of us, the apparent ease with which Vettel won on raceday did not mean we had a dull afternoon, for Hamilton and Mark Webber kept us entertained with a fabulous battle for second - one that was eventually joined by Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso. The championships may be sewn up, but there's plenty of potential for entertainment over the next three races.
Korea was always going to be interesting given Pirelli's decision to bring its soft and supersoft tyres to a track about which teams still had relatively little knowledge in the dry, and that learning process was not helped when Friday was washed out.
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