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.

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Al Unser Jr. to race Pikes Peak Hill Climb for first time in 29 years

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Two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Al Unser Jr. is coming out of retirement to race again.

Unser Jr., who turns 56 on April 19, will compete in the 96th Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb on June 24. It will be the first time Unser has raced at Pikes Peak in 29 years, since the 1989 event.

Unser won the Hill Climb and was named “King of the Mountain” in the 1983 event.

Unser said in 2007 that he was retiring from racing and had no plans to race in the future. However, he has taken part since then in some selected vintage racing events.

Speaking of vintage cars, Unser is slated to drive a 1936 Chevrolet Sedan in this year’s Hill Climb, according to race organizers.

He’ll compete with a number of luminaries including eight-time Hill Climb winner Paul Dallenbach; Layne Schranz, who will be competing in his 25th “Race to the Clouds”; 23-time champion Clint Vahsholtz; 25-time Hill Climb competitor David Schmidt II and three-time Climb winner Spencer Steele.

Unser recently returned to IndyCar racing as a consultant with Harding Racing, which is beginning its first full season in the series with Gabby Chaves behind the wheel.