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Vettel, Red Bull triumph after hangovers

The German collected his tenth win of the season and now threatens Schumacher record of 13 with three races to go.
Sunday, October 16, 2011

Yeongam, South Korea, Oct 16, 2011 (AFP) - Sebastian Vettel and his Red Bull team shrugged off the lingering after-effects of a celebratory hangover on Sunday as the young German seized his 10th win this year to clinch the 2011 Constructors' Championship.

The youngest double drivers' champion in Formula One history won the Korean Grand Prix ahead of Briton Lewis Hamilton of McLaren and his frustrated team-mate Mark Webber, who was probably the only Red Bull member with anything to moan about following a race-long battle to claim second place.

Although the team failed to start from pole position, for the first time this season, they had plenty to celebrate after a performance that proved they remain the fastest outfit on the grid.

"I think it is good to see that the whole team keeps on pushing," said Vettel, who became Formula One's youngest back-to-back world champion last Sunday when he finished third in the Japanese Grand Prix.

"In terms of preparation it was not ideal because most of us were tipsy after Sunday night but we deserved that.

"But to come here and have a tough Friday and a tough Saturday morning, and to come back in qualifying and in the race was fantastic," he said.

"And it was so much fun to drive. The car was getting quicker and quicker. It is fantastic -- after last weekend and the drivers' championship, this weekend and the constructors' for the team. It is fantastic.

"I want to say a lot of thanks to Renault. They have been pushing so hard.

The package is fantastic. So thank you very much. I am very, very happy today."The double champion admitted he was surprised that he pitted only twice in the race, having previously worried about the threat of severe tyre degradation.

"In the end, we ended up stopping way less than we thought. "We expected a bit more degradation, and eventually it came, but we delayed the first stop and in the end you realise you don't have to stop three times.

"It was a very good race from that side. The tyres and tyre management were not easy, especially towards the end of the stint. I was able to gain on Lewis.. I always wanted to stay clear of DRS (Drag Reduction System) with the headwind of turns two to three.

"I was pushing hard. The tyres did not help in the second stint, but they came back. It was crucial to control race from there."
Webber admitted he was disappointed not to finish second.

"It was the team's day," he said. "The constructors' title is a massive thing. I'm disappointed not to get second. We did a good job in the first stop and then got ourselves in a good position.

"The safety car got everyone back together and in the second stop we did the worst thing as we didn't stop before or after (Hamilton) -- we stopped at the same time.

"I had a good battle on the first lap and that was how it was today.Now I am looking forward to the next one."

Vettel followed by Hamilton.

Vettel followed by Hamilton.

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