An eventful and marathon inaugural Korean grand prix, beginning in boredom and ending in darkness, has changed the face of the 2010 world championship fight.

Championship leader Mark Webber lost his 14-point lead with a crash on the slippery track, and his Red Bull teammate Sebastian Vettel failed to pick up the pieces because of a Renault engine failure.

"Totally my mistake," admitted Australian Webber after his crash, which also took out Nico Rosberg.

The result means Ferrari's Fernando Alonso - who laughed hysterically on the radio at the chequered flag - is the new championship leader, 11 points ahead of Webber with two races to go.

"Nothing has changed really," said the Spaniard. "We all know the new points system. Anything can happen."

After driving through the carnage and finishing second, Lewis Hamilton is now third in the championship, 21 points behind but four ahead of Vettel.

"It's obviously not a nice moment," said Vettel, the pole sitter and leader until his failure, as the race finished in near-darkness.

Jenson Button, 12th at the finish and among the slowest cars on track, is now a distant 42 points behind.

"I'm not really in it anymore," said the reigning world champion on BBC television.

Pos No Driver Team Laps Time/Retired Grid Pts
1 8 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 55 Winner 3 25
2 2 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 55 +14.9 secs 4 18
3 7 Felipe Massa Ferrari 55 +30.8 secs 6 15
4 3 Michael Schumacher Mercedes GP 55 +39.6 secs 9 12
5 11 Robert Kubica Renault 55 +47.7 secs 8 10
6 15 Vitantonio Liuzzi Force India-Mercedes 55 +53.5 secs 17 8
7 9 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 55 +69.2 secs 10 6
8 23 Kamui Kobayashi BMW Sauber-Ferrari 55 +77.8 secs 12 4
9 22 Nick Heidfeld BMW Sauber-Ferrari 55 +80.1 secs 13 2
10 10 Nico Hulkenberg Williams-Cosworth 55 +80.8 secs 11 1
11 17 Jaime Alguersuari STR-Ferrari 55 +84.1 secs 15  
12 1 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 55 +89.9 secs 7  
13 19 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Cosworth 54 +1 Lap 21  
14 21 Bruno Senna HRT-Cosworth 53 +2 Laps 24  
15 20 Sakon Yamamoto HRT-Cosworth 53 +2 Laps 23  
Ret 14 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 46 Accident 14  
Ret 5 Sebastian Vettel RBR-Renault 45 Engine 1  
Ret 12 Vitaly Petrov Renault 39 Accident 20  
Ret 24 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 31 Accident 19  
Ret 16 Sebastien Buemi STR-Ferrari 30 Accident 16  
Ret 25 Lucas di Grassi Virgin-Cosworth 25 Accident 22  
Ret 18 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Cosworth 25 +30 Laps 18  
Ret 6 Mark Webber RBR-Renault 18 Accident 2  
Ret 4 Nico Rosberg Mercedes GP 18 Accident 5

 

Pos Driver Nationality Team Points
1 Fernando Alonso Spanish Ferrari 231
2 Mark Webber Australian RBR-Renault 220
3 Lewis Hamilton British McLaren-Mercedes 210
4 Sebastian Vettel German RBR-Renault 206
5 Jenson Button British McLaren-Mercedes 189
6 Felipe Massa Brazilian Ferrari 143
7 Robert Kubica Polish Renault 124
8 Nico Rosberg German Mercedes GP 122
9 Michael Schumacher German Mercedes GP 66
10 Rubens Barrichello Brazilian Williams-Cosworth 47
11 Adrian Sutil German Force India-Mercedes 47
12 Kamui Kobayashi Japanese BMW Sauber-Ferrari 31
13 Vitantonio Liuzzi Italian Force India-Mercedes 21
14 Vitaly Petrov Russian Renault 19
15 Nico Hulkenberg German Williams-Cosworth 18
16 Sebastien Buemi Swiss STR-Ferrari 8
17 Pedro de la Rosa Spanish BMW Sauber-Ferrari 6
18 Nick Heidfeld German BMW Sauber-Ferrari 6
19 Jaime Alguersuari Spanish STR-Ferrari 3
20 Heikki Kovalainen Finnish Lotus-Cosworth 0
21 Jarno Trulli Italian Lotus-Cosworth 0
22 Karun Chandhok Indian HRT-Cosworth 0
23 Bruno Senna Brazilian HRT-Cosworth 0
24 Lucas di Grassi Brazilian Virgin-Cosworth 0
25 Timo Glock German Virgin-Cosworth 0
26 Sakon Yamamoto Japanese HRT-Cosworth 0

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2010 Korean Grand Prix - RESULTS