The Straits Times
Published on Oct 15, 2012

F1: All Sebastian Vettel's to lose after seizing lead


YEONGAM, South Korea (AFP) - Reigning champion Sebastian Vettel heads into the last four races of the season knowing the momentum is with him and his fate in his own hands after a commanding win in South Korea.

The Red Bull driver secured a third win on the trot on Sunday and in doing so leapfrogged Ferrari's Fernando Alonso at the top of the drivers' standings, in what looks like a two-horse race now for the title.

The chasing McLarens of Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button endured a dreadful weekend at Yeongam. Hamilton was 10th while his fellow Briton was dumped out the race moments after the start by an apologetic Kamui Kobayashi.

Hamilton and Button, both former world champions, admitted afterwards that their assault on the crown was over. Kimi Raikkonen, of Lotus, is third in the championship but a hefty way behind the two at the top of the pack.