Vettel on top in final Korean GP practice

Vettel on top in final Korean GP practice

Formula 1

Vettel on top in final Korean GP practice


Sebastian Vettel and Red Bull moved to the front in the final practice session before Korean Grand Prix qualifying.

The champion driver and currently dominant team had been shaded by Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton on Friday. But with Hamilton not getting a clear run on super-softs at the end of practice three, Vettel led teammate Mark Webber in a Red Bull 1-2. The duo had been up front for most of the morning, swapping first position in the opening half of the session.

Hamilton eventually pipped them to the quickest time on harder tires, slipping in a late 1m38.860s. Drivers then gained anything from half a second to just over a second on super-softs.

Webber started the rush of qualifying simulations with a 1m38.132s, before improving to a 1m38.018s after backing off for a lap. That was then deposed by Vettel becoming the only man in the 1m37s with a 1m37.881s lap, 0.137 seconds quicker than Webber managed.

Mercedes had to settle for third and fourth this time, with Nico Rosberg ahead of Hamilton, who had traffic early in his super-soft run.

Ferrari and Lotus continued to battle just behind Red Bull and Mercedes. Fernando Alonso was fifth, followed by Romain Grosjean, Felipe Massa and Kimi Raikkonen.

Nico Hulkenberg got Sauber into the top 10 with ninth place in front of Jenson Button’s McLaren in a very close upper midfield pack.

Pos  Driver               Team/Car              Time       Gap      Laps 1.  Sebastian Vettel     Red Bull-Renault      1m37.881s           17 2.  Mark Webber          Red Bull-Renault      1m38.018s  +0.137s  17 3.  Nico Rosberg         Mercedes              1m38.318s  +0.437s  16 4.  Lewis Hamilton       Mercedes              1m38.332s  +0.451s  15 5.  Fernando Alonso      Ferrari               1m38.486s  +0.605s  13 6.  Romain Grosjean      Lotus-Renault         1m38.701s  +0.820s  19 7.  Felipe Massa         Ferrari               1m38.816s  +0.935s  14 8.  Kimi Rikknen       Lotus-Renault         1m38.857s  +0.976s  17 9.  Nico Hlkenberg      Sauber-Ferrari        1m38.961s  +1.080s  1610.  Jenson Button        McLaren-Mercedes      1m39.114s  +1.233s  1411.  Esteban Gutierrez    Sauber-Ferrari        1m39.128s  +1.247s  1512.  Pastor Maldonado     Williams-Renault      1m39.196s  +1.315s  1613.  Adrian Sutil         Force India-Mercedes  1m39.204s  +1.323s  1714.  Sergio Perez         McLaren-Mercedes      1m39.274s  +1.393s  1515.  Daniel Ricciardo     Toro Rosso-Ferrari    1m39.327s  +1.446s  1716.  Paul di Resta        Force India-Mercedes  1m39.371s  +1.490s  1917.  Jean-Eric Vergne     Toro Rosso-Ferrari    1m39.665s  +1.784s  1518.  Valtteri Bottas      Williams-Renault      1m40.128s  +2.247s  1719.  Charles Pic          Caterham-Renault      1m41.360s  +3.479s  1920.  Giedo van der Garde  Caterham-Renault      1m41.614s  +3.733s  2021.  Jules Bianchi        Marussia-Cosworth     1m41.646s  +3.765s  1422.  Max Chilton          Marussia-Cosworth     1m42.267s  +4.386s  17