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Red Bull to dominate in Korea again?

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From the bright lights of Singapore Formula 1 switches to the marshland of Yeongam on the Southern tip of South Korea, Sebastian Vettel and Red Bull have dominated this race the last two years, will we see more of the same this year?

Certainly all the ingredients are in place for another weekend dominated by the German, he was unstoppable in Singapore with pace some simply could not believe and the layout of the Yeongam circuit will once again suit the Red Bull.

So it's up to their rivals to raise their game in what could be the absolute final roll of the dice, with six races left Vettel has a 60 point lead over Fernando Alonso and could likely wrap up the title in three weeks time at the Indian Grand Prix unless the Spaniard starts beating him.

The Ferrari man almost conceded defeat after the Singapore race though it would not be the double world champions way to simply give up. All it takes is one retirement from Vettel and a win for Alonso for that gap to come down to 35 points and then it would not seem such a foregone conclusion.

Mercedes were the only real threat to Vettel in qualifying at Marina Bay though terrible race pace and poor strategy led to both Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton falling back to fourth and fifth in the race. The higher downforce configuration allied to the long straights should help Mercedes it's whether they have the pace in the race to challenge.

Lotus will be hopeful the back injury Kimi Raikkonen is currently suffering will not force him out of the race, reserve Davide Valsecchi will be on the sidelines just in case, but if the Finn does race he too will be the battle with Alonso, Red Bull and Mercedes for the podium places, team-mate Grosjean looked quick in Singapore before reliability issues forced him out so if he can find that pace again in Korea he too will be in that battle.

The midfield is incredibly close at the moment, McLaren appear to have a slight edge on the others but Toro Rosso, Force India, Williams and Sauber are all within around a second of each other.

Toro Rosso normally go well at Korea and the long straight and sweeping corners also benefit Force India so I suspect they will be likely teams battling McLaren for the top 10 while Sauber and Williams will be battling a little further back. The two slower teams Caterham and Marussia will continue their private battle as well, in Singapore, Caterham appeared to have the edge but the gap between the four cars is relatively small.

As for the track itself I like to think of Yeongam as the Hungary of Asia, while the first sector is all about straight line speed, the second and third sector is all about medium speed changes of direction very similar to the Hungaroring.

The race is held over 55 laps and Pirelli are bringing the same super-soft and medium compound tyres seen in Singapore due to the low grip offered by the Yeongam track.

This is the fourth running of the Korean Grand Prix, as I mentioned Sebastian Vettel has won this race for the last two years with Fernando Alonso winning a rain-hit inaugural race back in 2010, on that day neither Red Bull finished but switching back to this year's event it is very hard to go against another Vettel, Red Bull success in South Korea.

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