A visibly disappointed Fernando Alonso
has in Korea finally lost his long-standing championship lead, as his title rival Sebastian Vettel
won a third consecutive grand prix on Sunday. Red Bull's German, who finished 8 seconds ahead of his teammate and pole sitter Mark Webber
, is now 6 points ahead of Spaniard Alonso with just four races still to run.
Given the new dominance of the RB8 car - whose designer Adrian Newey
collected the constructors' trophy on Sunday's podium - Vettel must now be considered the favourite to secure a third consecutive drivers' title next month. "At the moment Red Bull are difficult to beat," Alonso, who finished third ahead of his resurgent teammate Felipe Massa
, admitted to podium interviewer Johnny Herbert
. Vettel said: "I'm looking forward to the next couple of races." (GMM)