Top five stats from the Korean Grand Prix

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The most striking statistics from the Korean Grand Prix were all to do with the achievements of one man: Sebastian Vettel.

Back-to-back grand slams and hat-tricks

Vettel dominated proceedings in Korea. For the fourth time in his career – and the second race running – he started from pole position, led every lap and set fastest lap on his way to victory.

Only Jim Clark, Alberto Ascari and Michael Schumacher had more ‘grand slams’ in their F1 career than Vettel did.

Renault match Ferrari

Ferrari engines have powered 208 pole positions in their F1 history, which stretches back to the creation of the world championship in 1950.

But Renault, who only entered the sport in 1977, have now caught up with them. Vettel’s pole position in Korea was their 208th.

Vettel dominates Korea

The fourth running of the Korean Grand Prix was similar to the three preceding races at the track as it was mostly led by Vettel. Out of the 220 laps raced at the track he has led 208.

That statistic becomes even more impressive when you consider he was leading with ten laps to go in 2010 when his engine failed.

Gutierrez gets faster

For the second race running Esteban Gutierrez improved on his personal best qualifying position. This time he started eighth.

Vettel shoots for five-in-a-row

Heading into this weekend’s Japanese Grand Prix Vettel could achieve the rare feat of winning five consecutive races. Only five drivers have done this before – Clark, Ascari and Schumacher, plus Jack Brabham and Nigel Mansell.

More stats and facts from the Korean Grand Prix

Newgarden fastest as Castroneves returns in weather-shortened Barber test

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The Verizon IndyCar Series took to Barber Motorsports Park on Tuesday for an open test, with 24 entries tackling the 2.38-mile road course.

Weather intervened in the afternoon, preventing nearly the entire field from going out, but the weather held off during the morning enough for one session to be run in its entirety.

Team Penske’s Josef Newgarden led the way, with a quick lap of 1:07.979, ahead of Team Penske teammates Will Power and Helio Castroneves. For Castroneves, this marked his first IndyCar outing of 2018.

Helio Castroneves was back in an IndyCar on Tuesday at Barber Motorsports Park. Photo: IndyCar

Sporting the Pennzoil “yellow submarine” paint scheme, Castroneves turned 41 laps around Barber in the morning session, with a quick lap of 1:08.315. He was also the only driver to venture out on track in the afternoon, completing eight laps.

The Dale Coyne Racing duo of Sebastien Bourdais and Zachary Claman De Melo completed the top five.

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