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What started as a lucky win in Singapore, has become a dominant streak of victories for Sebastian Vettel, who took his third triumph in a row in Korea to move into the championship lead. AUTOSPORT reviews the Yeongam weekend events
Practice one - Friday am
Two years into its Formula 1 life, the Yeongam circuit is starting to settle in.
The city and marina that were supposed to blossom in its vicinity are still conspicuous by their absence, and the track was still extremely dusty at first (leading to tyre graining for the early risers), but it cleaned up much quicker than teams were expecting and first practice proved more productive than might have been feared.
For most of the session it was Fernando Alonso on top. A few days on from his Japanese Grand Prix disaster, that looked like a statement of intent as the Ferrari blasted round a long way clear of its rivals in the opening half of the morning.
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