Yeongam Practice 2: Vettel tops as Red Bull takes control

Sebastian Vettel ended day one in Korea fastest of all

Sebastian Vettel ended day one in Korea fastest of all

Oct.12 (GP247) Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber dominated the top two slots on the timing screens at the end of the first day of free practice for the Korean Grand Prix at Yeongam, as Red Bull carried their devastating pace from Japan to the Korea International Circuit.

Mark Webber Red Bull during practice for the Korean Formula One Grand Prix at the Korea International Circuit on October 11, 2012 in Yeongam-gun, South Korea.There was little to separate Japanese GP winner Vettel and Webber, with the German’s best time of 1 minute 38.832 seconds enough for top spot but only 0.032 better than the Australian. The pair also racked up a handy 66 laps between them, to end the day with the momentum very much on their side.

World championship leader Fernando Alonso was the best of the rest in the Ferrari, but ominously over a quarter second down on the pace setting duo, but notably the Spaniard was baulked during both his fast laps with super soft Pirelli tyres bolted on.

Jenson Button was third for McLaren, recovering from a subdued early morning session which teammate Lewis Hamilton had topped. But the latter was only good for the eighth best time in the afternoon stanza.

Mercedes showed the kind of pace which saw them mixing it with the top three teams, and as a result Michael Schumacher was fifth fastest and teammate Nico Rosberg seventh.

Fernando Alonso (ESP) Ferrari F2012. Formula One World Championship, Rd16, Korean Grand Prix, Practice, Korea International Circuit, Yeongam, South Korea, Friday 12 October 2012.Splitting the Silver Arrows pair was Felipe Massa in sixth, quarter second down on teammate Alonso.

Nico Hulkenberg, who sat out the first session, was ninth best in the Force India with Kimi Raikkonen, who had never driven the circuit before the morning session, tenth fastest. The top ten were separated by a tad over a second.

Out of the top ten were both Saubers, who had showed so strongly less than a week earlier in Japan. Sergio Perez stopped out on track with no power after complaining shortly before about loss of KERS. With the C31 appearing to struggle for pace the Mexican was down in 15th with Suzuka hero Kamui Kobayashi 14th.

Williams driver Pastor Maldonado had a below par session, ending down in 18th while his teammate Bruno Senna appeared to find some reasonable pace and set the 12th best time. As it stands they don’t look likely to be challenging the top ten.

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Korean Grand Prix Free Practice 2, Yeongam – Friday, 12 October 2012

Pos No Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:38.832 33
2 2 Mark Webber Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:38.864 0.032 33
3 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:39.160 0.328 28
4 3 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:39.219 0.387 29
5 7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1:39.330 0.498 31
6 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:39.422 0.590 30
7 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:39.584 0.752 36
8 4 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1:39.717 0.885 25
9 12 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1:39.739 0.907 33
10 9 Kimi Räikkönen Lotus-Renault 1:39.839 1.007 26
11 10 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1:39.957 1.125 28
12 19 Bruno Senna Williams-Renault 1:40.089 1.257 32
13 11 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1:40.112 1.280 34
14 14 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1:40.445 1.613 28
15 15 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1:40.745 1.913 11
16 17 Jean-Eric Vergne STR-Ferrari 1:40.789 1.957 31
17 16 Daniel Ricciardo STR-Ferrari 1:40.997 2.165 32
18 18 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1:41.200 2.368 33
19 20 Heikki Kovalainen Caterham-Renault 1:41.602 2.770 23
20 24 Timo Glock Marussia-Cosworth 1:42.596 3.764 28
21 25 Charles Pic Marussia-Cosworth 1:43.066 4.234 21
22 21 Vitaly Petrov Caterham-Renault 1:43.067 4.235 22
23 23 Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 1:43.869 5.037 36
24 22 Pedro de la Rosa HRT-Cosworth 1:44.533 5.701 24