Vettel can expect a quieter crowd in Korea

Wed Oct 2, 2013 8:48pm EDT
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By Alan Baldwin

SEOUL (Reuters) - Sebastian Vettel has heard boos from the crowd after winning the last three races but Sunday's Korean Grand Prix should put a stop to that.

Fed up Formula One fans hoping to see a different driver standing on the top step of the podium may be disappointed but they are more likely to be shouting at their television sets than making a noise in Mokpo.

The Yeongam circuit, reached after a three hour journey south from Seoul on the country's fastest train, is near a remote port more on the map for shipbuilding than tourism or a passion for motorsport.

"The atmosphere at the track isn't great because there aren't many spectators, but the track's got some challenging sections and some good corners," commented Vettel's Red Bull team mate Mark Webber.

The Australian started on pole position last year but it is Vettel who has won the race for the past two seasons and is favorite for the hat-trick, even if that does not sit well with Ferrari fans and others yearning for a closer battle.

The champion's fourth successive title looks a foregone conclusion and could be won by the end of the month but until then the 26-year-old is putting into practice the old German saying that all good things come in threes.

Since the end of the August break, Vettel has chalked up his third Italian win, his third Singapore GP victory in a row and his third successive win this season.

Only Vettel and Ferrari's Fernando Alonso, the man who is now his closest rival in the championship even if there is a 60 point gap with six races remaining, have ever won the Korean race since it first appeared on the calendar in 2010.   Continued...

Red Bull Formula One driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany sprays champagne on the podium after winning the Singapore F1 Grand Prix at the Marina Bay street circuit in Singapore September 22, 2013. REUTERS/Pablo Sanchez