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Hamilton hoping for the Korean pole jynx to strike again

| 05.10.2013

After claiming a third pole position in succession, Sebastian Vettel is 2/5 with Ladbrokes to win the Korean Grand Prix.

The German has won the past three Grand Prix and now holds a 60 point advantage over Fernando Alonso in the Championship, with one hand on a fourth world title in four years.

Victory fell Vettel’s way in 2011 and 2012 around the Korean venue, although on both occassions he didn’t start from pole.

He did start from the front in 2010, but was robbed of victory late on after an engine failure allowed Alonso to claim the win.

As such, no man has ever started from pole position for the Korean Grand Prix and won the race. Lewis Hamilton will be hoping that history repeats itself.

The Brit was quickest in Friday’s practice sessions, but was pipped by Vettel in both practice three and qualifying.

Should the pole position curse strike again, then the man most likely to stop the three-time champion claiming a fourth victory in succession is Hamilton at 7/2.

Fernando Alonso is 10/1 for a first race win since his home event in Spain in May.

The two-time champion starts fifth on the grid, but is driving a Ferrari more competitive over longer distances than a single lap.

Alonso has hauled his car up through the field to finish second in each of the past three races and has won here before.

Another man with a chance, generously priced at 14/1 is Romain Grosjean. He has been in fine form all weekend and has had the upper hand over established team-mate Kimi Raikkonen.

Grosjean starts third on the grid and could be a strong threat in the race with his Lotus car’s renowned ability to preserve tyre life.


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Richard Marsh

Richard loves his sport, especially if it involves the sound of tyres screaming around a race track. He's not fussy though and his '90s Premier League nostalgia and knowledge of team nicknames is tough to match.