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Vettel points advantage cut in China

Sebastian Vettel's fourth place in China enough to preserve championship lead, but Raikkonen closes in...
The nine-point lead enjoyed by Sebastian Vettel after his controversial victory in Malaysia is down to just three after China following Kimi Raikkonen's second place finish.

While the results remain provisional pending a series of possible punishments for use of DRS under yellow flag conditions, Raikkonen's drive to the podium with a broken front wing and nose maintained his scoring record for 2013, taking his tally to 49 points, just three adrift of Vettel, who narrowly failed to deprive Lewis Hamilton of third spot.

Hamilton now sits in fourth spot, twelve points off the lead, while Shanghai racewinner Fernando Alonso moves ahead of his former team-mate into third overall, with 43 points.

The luckless Mark Webber, who started the day in third overall, now sits sixth after failing to finish, slipping behind the second Ferrari of Felipe Massa, while Jenson Button's run to fifth place earns him a share of seventh with Nico Rosberg, who also posted a DNF.

In the constructors' standings, Red Bull continues to lead, but now has just a five-point cushion over Ferrari, while Lotus is third overall, eight points ahead of Mercedes, with McLaren and Force India well adrift in a share of fifth.

To view the full championship standings, click here.




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13.04.2013- Qualifying, Fernando Alonso (ESP) Scuderia Ferrari F138
23.03.2013- Qualifying, Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Lotus F1 Team E21
13.04.2013- Free Practice 3, Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB9
Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB10
press conference with:
Jules Bianchi (FRA) Marussia F1 Team MR02 
Daniil Kvyat (RUS) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR9 
Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus F1 Team E22 
Felipe Massa (BRA) Williams F1 Team FW36 
Nico Rosberg (GER), Mercedes AMG F1 W05 
Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB10
Nico Rosberg (GER), Mercedes AMG F1 W05 and Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB10
Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB10
press conference with Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB10 , Nico Rosberg (GER), Mercedes AMG F1 W05 and Felipe Massa (BRA) Williams F1 Team FW36
Nico Rosberg (GER), Mercedes AMG F1 W05 and Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB10
Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus F1 Team E22
Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus F1 Team E22
Pastor Maldonado (VEN) Lotus F1 Team E22
press conference with:
Jules Bianchi (FRA) Marussia F1 Team MR02 
Daniil Kvyat (RUS) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR9 
Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus F1 Team E22 
Felipe Massa (BRA) Williams F1 Team FW36 
Nico Rosberg (GER), Mercedes AMG F1 W05 
Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB10
Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB10
Fernando Alonso (ESP) Scuderia Ferrari F14-T
Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus F1 Team E22
Nico Rosberg (GER), Mercedes AMG F1 W05 and Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB10
Sebastian Vettel (GER), Red Bull Racing, RB10

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take it or leave it - Unregistered

April 14, 2013 12:46 PM

Vettel and Red Bull will be there come season end but yes agree with some Red Bull has been caught by Ferrari and Lotus who could of challenged for the lead if not for the damaged nose on the E21. The Mercs looks the slowest of the top four in race mode and as Ross said after we are not quite there yet. Im so glad that Lewis is making those haters who were saying he would be driving around with the midfeild in 2013 look like no nothing so called f1 fans.

107SS2009

April 14, 2013 10:53 AM

It is true and a fact that race strategy is a vital element to winning a race but RBR looks like they will be needing to depend more on race strategies then on having the fastest car as the situation stood before, as they have certainly been caught up with in that department.



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